Moles may be removed for a variety or reasons.
After analysis by a dermatologist you may be advised to have a mole removal because of concerns about it becoming cancerous or you may want it to be removed because it is catching on clothing, when shaving or it may be unsightly.
The way a mole is removed may differ depending on its location and type. We will give you the best advice on the different options available. All moles removed surgically are sent for analysis by a pathlogist. This complies with UK guidance for skin surgery and ensures that concerning moles are not missed. A mole in our clinic will not be treated with cryotherapy as this is not best practice.
Surgical mole removal is performed under local anaesthetic and is mostly painless. If a mole is excised deeply, then stitches or sutures will be usually used to close the wound. Stitches are left in for at least one week and in some cases two weeks. You will be asked to keep the wound completely dry for two days and then gently wash over daily. As with all surgery there are risks of infection, bleeding and scarring – all the risks will be fully explained when you discuss the consent from with the doctor.
Some moles are removed by shave excision. This procedure does not involve stitches and is preferable in certain locations of the body. It is possible that with shave excision, some of the deeper parts of the mole may still be present and in these cases the mole may grow back years later.
To discuss mole removal – please book a consultation.