What is a mole?
A mole is cluster of darker pigmented cells known as melanocytes; most moles are present at birth, but some can appear during later childhood and the teenage years. Pregnancy can also change the appearance of moles and make them appear darker.
Should I be worried about a mole?
Most moles are harmless, but if you have noticed a change in the colour or shape of the mole or if it has grown larger recently or become irritated, then it is important to arrange a consultation to have the mole checked in case it is a sign of something more serious.
What are my mole removal options?
There are a number of different mole removal options and the appropriate procedure depends on the location and nature of the mole. Laser energy can be used to break down the melanoctyes in the mole or if the mole protrudes beyond the surface of the skin it can be shaved with a scalpel. Excision removal is performed under local anaesthetic; an incision is made into the skin, removing the mole and surrounding skin and the incision is then closed with dissolvable stitches.
Will I be left with a scar after mole removal?
A laser treatment should leave no scar afterwards although there may be some change to the skin colour. After a shave removal, there will be a pink mark left which should fade over time. The scar after an excision removal will be slightly larger but should heal till it is thin, white line.
What will happen after mole removal treatment?
Whichever technique is used to remove the mole, we will attempt to make scarring as minimal as possible. As moles typically get larger over time, if they are situated on the face it is often best to remove them earlier rather than leave them to avoid more extensive scarring. Once the mole is removed it should not grow back.
Moles are very common skin blemishes and most adults have between ten and forty on the face and body. However, if you have a larger mole in a very visible position, or if a mole has changed size, shape or colour recently then you may wish to discuss your mole removal options.