Cosmetic vs. Surgical Mole Removal

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Mole Removal Alternatives

Mole removal at the Harley Street clinic is a relatively straightforward procedure, whether you are having a mole removed for cosmetic or medical reasons. However, the method used to get rid of your unwanted mole is a little bit different in each case.

Cosmetic Mole Removal

Many people love their moles, but some of us have a large or unsightly mole that we would like to have removed. If you are thinking about cosmetic removal, you should talk to a dermatologist about your options. The most likely method used for cosmetic mole removal on Harley Street is a shave excision. Shave excision works best for prominent moles. The mole is shaved away with a scalpel, under a local anaesthetic.

Your doctor will take a close look at the mole you want removed, even if you only want to get rid of it for cosmetic reasons. If there are any signs that the mole could be cancerous, then your doctor might want to perform a surgical removal instead of a shave excision. There are also some cases in which surgical excision may be the best option, even for cosmetic mole removal, although you may need some special care to minimise scarring if the mole is in a visible area.

Surgical Mole Removal

Surgical mole removal is the best option if there is a chance that a mole could be cancerous. Signs that a mole might be a health risk include changes in size, shape and colour, and having a blurred border or an asymmetric shape. If there is risk of skin cancer, your doctor may recommend surgical mole removal at the Harley Street clinic. Surgical removal is also performed under a local anaesthetic, but the whole mole will be removed, leaving behind a small surgical wound that will need to be closed with stitches. This is the best way to ensure that all of the potentially cancerous cells have been removed.