What Are the Risks of Mole Removal?

By August 3, 2017 January 28th, 2020 No Comments

Although mole removal is a very simple procedure, there are always risks involved with any medical treatment. Your dermatologist at the London clinic will explain these in detail before the procedure so that you can make the right decision about your moles.

Complications of Mole Removal

Some of the potential problems that you could experience after a mole removal include:

  • You may experience some pain after the procedure while the surgical wound is healing, but this should usually be mild and can be treated with over the counter painkillers
  • The surgical wound may bleed a little. It will be covered with a dressing and you may have stitches to help keep it closed.
  • The surgical wound could develop an infection, which can usually be treated with antibiotics. Signs of an infection could include redness and swelling.
  • Your skin might have problems healing after the procedure. The risk of healing problems is higher if you are older or you have other skin conditions.
  • You may have a scar after the procedure. It could fade in time, but there will probably always be a small mark on your skin.

If you develop any problems after your mole removal, you should speak to your dermatologist at the London clinic so that you can get any additional care that you need.

Further Treatment After Mole Removal

In most cases, mole removal at our London clinic will be successful and you won’t need any further treatment. However, there is a small chance that you will need further surgery if the mole starts to grow back. You might also need further tests or treatment if cancer cells are found when the mole is tested in the lab. For example, a larger area of skin may need to be removed if there is a chance that some skin cancer cells have been left behind. You might also decide that there is another mole you want to have removed.