What Is Mole Removal?
Moles can quite literally come in all shapes and sizes. Some brownish in colour, some darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised. Smooth or rough. And some even with hair growing from them.
Most moles are completely harmless. However moles on your face especially may be having a negative affect on your confidence. They can also be a nuisance, regularly catching on your clothing or cutting them while shaving.
While most moles are non-cancerous, in rare cases they can develop into melanoma (a serious and aggressive form of skin cancer). Melanomas usually appear as a dark, fast-growing spot where there was not one before, or a pre-existing mole that changes size, shape or colour and bleeds.
Whether your believe your moles to be harmless or not, you should be checking your skin every few months for any new moles that develop, or any significant changes to existing moles. Things to look for include:
- Moles with uneven colouring
- Moles with an uneven or ragged edge
- Bleeding, itching, red, inflamed (swollen) or crusty moles
- Moles that get a lot bigger
Both forms of moles, cancerous, or non-cancerous, can be surgically treated. Even moles that you are simply self-conscious about can be treated easily with minimal scarring. We can advise you on how to treat/remove any suspicious moles, and we can arrange a full biopsy.
What Can I Expect?
Depending on whether your mole is raised from the skin, or flat, there are two surgical procedures which we can undertake. Both leave the patient with minimal, if any, scarring.
Raised mole removal
If the mole is raised it can either be excised (cut) or shaved off. If the mole is shaved there is always a small chance that it might grow back. The shaving method leaves no scarring and many clients prefer to try this method first, especially if the mole is on the face.*
Flat mole removal
If the mole is flat then the only method of removing it is to make a small incision, leaving behind a small scar which will heal naturally. In some cases, depending on the type of mole, a laser may be used but this can only be determined after a thorough consultation with a skin specialist.* The procedure may require one to three stitches which will be removed within one week post-treatment.*
The area will need to be protected from sunlight during the healing process.