A mole is a small coloured spot on the skin which is made up of a cluster of cells known as melanocytes, which are responsible for producing the pigment in your skin. Occasionally these melanocytes grow in a cluster instead of being spread out, which results in the formation of a mole. Depending on their location and position, some moles can be rather unsightly and cause the person to feel self-conscious and embarrassed by their presence on the face and body. We use safe and effective methods to remove benign moles.
Mole removal can include:
Cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen)
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What does this treatment do?
Some moles can be removed by laser treatment and you will be advised at the consultation. Even if you’re having your moles removed purely for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that a histological analysis be carried out in order to identify any potentially dangerous cases that may require further treatment.
We also offer safe and effective removal of cancerous moles. When it comes to skin cancer, time is of the essence; so having your moles removed by a member of our specialist dermatology team will ensure that you’re not waiting a long time for an appointment as can sometimes be the case with the NHS.
If you’d like to find out more about our mole checking and removal services, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and book you in for a consultation.
If you would like to book an annual mole check and skin cancer screening, click below to book online.
Frequently asked questions
Most moles are completely harmless, but it’s important to check your skin regularly so that you can spot any changes in size, shape, or colour early and get them checked out.
The things to look out for when you’re checking your moles include:
- Colour: Uneven colours or changes in colour; most moles are just one colour, but melanomas are made up of lots of different shades.
- Size: Healthy moles don’t generally change size, so if you notice a mole getting bigger it’s important to have it checked out
- Edges: Most moles are usually circular or oval with smooth edges, so if your mole develops a rough or uneven edge it could indicate something more serious
- Irritation: Most moles will sit on your skin and not cause any problems, but if they turn red, start to itch, bleed, become inflamed or crusty see a specialist
A change in the size and shape of your moles doesn’t necessarily mean that you have developed melanoma; there are a variety of other reasons why your moles may be behaving that way. The most important thing to remember is to check your moles regularly, and if you are worried about any of your moles make an appointment to see a member of our team of dermatology specialists.
We recommend that patients check their moles monthly and have set up a free reminder service for this. Sign up below to receive an email every month reminding you to check your moles and giving advice on how to do this.
We also recommend that you should have an annual mole check by a mole and skin cancer screening expert.