What is involved in a Mole removal?

Date: Jun 2016

Mole removal is a simple procedure that can be done by a dermatologist. Mole removal clinics in London can help you to decide whether the procedure is right for you, before performing a shave or surgical excision.

Cosmetic Removal

If you have a mole that you don’t like or one which keeps causing problems by catching on your clothes or jewellery, you can arrange to have it removed. Cosmetic procedures are usually carried out by private mole removal clinics in London. You should make sure that you understand what the results of your cosmetic mole removal will look like as you may be left with a small scar. Your dermatologist should be able to give you a good idea of what to expect.

Medical Removal

Moles may also need to be removed for medical reasons. If you or your doctor have noticed any changes in a mole, you should have it checked out by an expert. Changes in shape, size or colour, or a mole that is bleeding or itchy, could be a sign of skin cancer. A dermatologist at the mole removal clinic can check your moles and advise you on whether they need to be removed. It is important to see a doctor quickly if you are worried about a mole. The sooner a potential skin cancer is removed, the less chance it will have had to spread to other parts of your body.

Having a Mole Removed

If you decide to have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons, the method used will depend on the shape, size and location of the mole. It may be possible simply to shave off the surface of the skin rather than removing the mole surgically. However, a surgical excision will be required if there is a risk of skin cancer. The procedure can still be performed at mole removal clinics in London with just a local anaesthetic, but the entire mole will need to be cut out. You may need stitches to close the wound. After the mole has been removed, it will be tested in the lab for any pre-cancerous or cancerous cells. If any signs of developing cancer are found, the lab can check that the entire tumour has been removed.

Did you know?

Most moles are not a cause for concern and present a purely cosmetic problem. However, moles can occasionally undergo changes that lead to them becoming cancerous.

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