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 you cut 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:
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.
Depending on whether your mole is raised from the skin, or flat, there are several procedures which we can undertake to treat the area.
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.*
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.
The excision procedure involves a small painless injection of local anaesthetic under the mole to numb the affected area.
With precision cutting the entire mole is removed in one go.* The remaining opening is brought together with skin stitches that will simply dissolve away over time.* After the initial wound heals, the result is a tiny line of scar tissue instead of the mole which gradually fades from red to white.* Typically treatment lasts no longer than 20 minutes.*
Similar to the excision treatment, removing the growth using a shave procedure is performed using local anaesthetic – ensuring the patient experiences no pain during the procedure.*
A straight forward procedure, your doctor will simply use a sharp razor to shave away at the mole.* Typically we see the shave excision treatment leaving a less noticeable scar than other growth removal treatments.*