Mole Removal Surgery London

Moles (beauty marks) are pigmented lesions that manifest on the skin from adolescence to when you reach adulthood in all shapes and sizes. Many people have plenty of beauty marks, though most moles are benign. You may choose to remove beauty marks from your body for cosmetic or medical reasons.

Despite being unlikely, beauty marks can sporadically develop into cancerous cells, which would require immediate attention.

What is a mole?

Moles are benign, non-cancerous skin growths (pigmented lesions) that often appear as small, dark brown spots caused by clusters of pigment-forming cells or melanocytes. Most people have ten to forty moles that develop during childhood and adolescence and may change their appearance or fade over time.  

What are the four types of moles, what do they look like, and where can they manifest?

The four types of moles are Congenital nevi, dysplastic nevi (commonly called atypical moles), acquired nevi, and spitz nevi. 

Congenital nevi are a pigmented birthmark that appears at birth or during the baby’s first twelve months. 

Dysplastic nevi are abnormally shaped moles that have been judged as non-cancerous by a trained doctor. 

Acquired nevi are clumps of melanocytes that originate in childhood but usually manifest at thirty to forty years of age.

Spitz nevus is a rare skin mole that typically develops in younger people and children. Spitz nevi are also non-cancerous moles despite their appearance. 

A common mole generally appears as a small growth on the skin, usually pink, tan, or brown, and has a distinct edge.

Moles can appear all over your skin. You may develop multiple moles on your face or even places not generally exposed to sunlight.

How is a mole removed?

Mole surgery is incredibly straightforward and usually occurs while you are under a local anaesthetic. 

Firstly, our expert surgeons carefully disinfect the operating area around the mole before using a surgical drape to maintain a sterile environment. 

After which, the procedure involves an oval cut around the mole before being sent to a lab. Depending on the cut, the surgeon may choose to close the wound with stitching before wrapping it in a compression cloth to prevent any infection.

What is recovery like after mole removal?

The mole surgery is a minor cut and won’t require you to stay overnight at our clinic. Additionally, you will be able to return to work the day after your surgery. 

However, you may experience soreness and pain after the procedure, in which you can opt to use painkiller medication like Paracetamol.

Generally, full recovery should not take longer than two to three weeks.

After a few days, your doctor will request follow-up assessments and assess the wound. 

Still, it’s better to contact the surgeon immediately if you notice any uncommon or irregular symptoms like swelling, bleeding, or redness. The results from the lab exam will be sent out to you by the consultant or GP.

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Cosmetic Mole removal FAQs

Are moles and beauty marks the same?

Yes, moles and beauty marks are the same.

Are moles and skin tags the same?

Moles and skin tags are similar but certainly not the same. Skin tags form on the skin's surface, whereas moles are rooted deep within the skin.

Is it worth removing a mole?

Mole treatment can prevent the potential spread of precancerous cells and address your cosmetic concerns in the same procedure.

Why am I suddenly developing moles?

In most cases, your number of moles is due to genetics and sun damage. However, if you are worried about your rate of beauty mark development, you should contact your local doctor.

Can moles be removed entirely?

Yes, moles can be completely removed through excision by your surgeon.

Do moles get bigger as you age?

Moles often increase in size from your early age up to twenty years. However, beauty marks typically do not grow as people progress through adulthood.

What do big moles mean?

Moles that are large and irregular are dysplastic nevi and tend to be hereditary. It is incredibly uncommon for dysplastic nevi to cause you harm or be cancerous. However, if you have a mole that recently increased in size, you should contact your local doctor for a diagnosis.

How many moles is considered too many?

Most people manifest between ten and forty new beauty marks across their bodies as they age. However, having more than fifty moles on your body may be subject to concern.

Why is my mole raised?

A raised mole typically develops throughout your growth and generally is entirely normal.

What does redness or pain around a mole mean?

A hairy mole can get ingrown hairs, leading to inflammation or irritation. Inflammation causes redness and pain to the touch. Red moles usually heal on their own with no trouble, though they require antibiotics if they become infected.

How long does skin take to heal after mole removal?

Expect a mole removal scar to heal for at least two to three weeks.
After healing, you may have a small scar. However, these scars typically fade or heal with time.

Are moles cancerous?

Moles are not cancerous by default. You may experience symptoms that could mean your beauty mark is precancerous or cancerous. These symptoms are sudden changes in shape, colour, texture, persistent pain, itching, inflammation, bleeding, or flaking. Crusty moles may also be a sign of cancer. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, you should contact your local doctor for a diagnosis.

Can you pop moles?

You should not attempt to pop beauty marks due to the risks of a severe infection.

Why does a mole itch?

If you have irritation of the nerves under a beauty mark, it may be due to chemical exposure, sunburn, dry skin, etc. Though unlikely, changes in beauty marks could mean more severe consequences, which will tell you to contact your local doctor to have a look at your mole/s

What happens if I cut off a mole?

It is not favourable to cut your mole out due to the risk of infection and other unplanned consequences.

Does apple cider vinegar remove moles?

Apple cider vinegar can eventually help reduce some of the dark pigmentation typical of a mole. However, the results are largely inconsistent and require a lot of time. The most reliable and commonly practised way to remove beauty marks is by excision carried out by a professional surgeon.

Do moles grow back after removal?

Fortunately, moles will not grow back if a surgeon successfully excises (removes) them.

Can you freeze off a mole at home?

Products that advertise beauty mark removal by freezing them can often have serious side effects and unintended consequences. It is safer and more reliable to have a mole surgically removed by a trained surgeon.

Is the mole removal procedure painful?

Rest assured, your procedure will be pain-free due to the administration of local anaesthetic at the surgery site.

What is aftercare like for mole removal surgery?

Aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your recovery. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.

What happens if you put salicylic acid on a mole?

Applying salicylic acid is a common misconceived home remedy for beauty marks. The application of salicylic acid is generally a big mistake and can lead to infections, scarring sores, and crusting and bleeding.

When should I be worried about a mole?

It could be a bad sign if you notice that your beauty mark/s changes shape or looks uneven. Additionally, you may see colour changes, getting darker, or having more than two colours.

Your mole may also start itching, crusting, or flaking. Bleeding moles are a common warning sign for many people.

If you notice any of these symptoms on one or more beauty marks, you should contact a doctor for an official diagnosis.

What are the side effects of mole removal through excision?

Side effects widespread across excision surgeries (including mole removal) are infection, bleeding/bruising, scarring, anaesthetic reaction and nerve damage.

Fortunately, infection is an unlikely symptom of mole removal. However, if you are susceptible to infections or have a weakened immune system, you should raise your concerns with your physician as you may need additional care.

Bleeding and bruising are pervasive but typically minor side effects of mole removal. If your wound opens after surgery but fails to close, you should contact your physician for medical help.

In some cases, mole removal may cause damage to a nerve. A damaged nerve may result in numbness for several weeks or months but often make a full recovery. In sporadic cases, a nerve may be compromised after a mole removal, causing mobility issues in the area around the wound.

Scarring is common in any surgical procedure. Though there are measures to avoid or minimise scarring during and after your surgery, some scarring is unavoidable for mole removal. In addition, the amount of scarring will depend on the skill of your surgeon. Thankfully, our expert surgeons' focal point is to keep scarring to a minimum.

Reactions are certainly the most dangerous of all immediate side effects with surgical procedures in general. The symptoms following a reaction vary between patients but include a rash, hives, severe itchiness, swelling, drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, coughing, etc. Fortunately, reacting to anaesthesia is extremely rare and largely preventable.

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