REMOVAL OF MOLES AND OTHER BENIGN SKIN LESIONS
Moles are exceedingly common. Most of us have moles of some description. Depending on the location and characteristics of these moles, removal may be considered for physical discomfort or for cosmetic reasons. At our specialist Mole Clinic, you will be assessed by our team of Consultant Plastic Surgeon or Consultant Dermatologist who will advise you of the best mode of treatment. The treatments we offer include surgical excision, shaving and laser ablation. If necessary, the mole can be sent for histological examination.
For those with a busy lifestyle, we also offer a 'See and Treat' service where the mole or other benign lesion can be removed at the same session as the consultation. Inform the clinic at the time of booking that you would like to take advantage of this service.
MOLE REMOVAL USING THE CO2 LASER
Mole removal can be carried out using either excision with a knife, shaving with a blade or removal using a CO2 laser under local anaesthesia. The Consultant will advise you of the most appropriate technique for you depending on your age, your skin type, the size of the mole/benign lesion and the location. The CO2 laser procedure is commonly known as laser ablation of moles. It is painless after the initial local anaesthetic injection. The laser essentially vaporises the mole, leaving behind a shallow crater which will heal over 1-2 weeks depending on the location. This technique is particularly useful for multiple moles or other benign lesions on the face or the body as stitching is unnecessary.
MOLE REMOVAL PROCEDURE
|Operation time||0.5 hrs|
|Nights in hospital||day case|
|Risks - common||bruising, swelling, redness|
|Risks - uncommon||infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding, delayed wound healing|
|Pain and discomfort||at time of injection|
|Follow-up after surgery||1 week|
|Time off work||0|
|Sports||2 weeks - walking 4 weeks - everything|
FEES - MOLE REMOVAL COST
EXCISION OF LESIONS CORRECTION
- The local anaesthetic will wear off approximately 1 hour after the procedure.
- Paracetamol can be taken once the local anaesthetic has worn off.
- If the surgery was to the head, sleep with the head slightly elevated on a few pillows for the first week and avoid bending with the head down.
- No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first week.
- No restrictions but avoid strenuous activities for the first week.
- The wound can be very gently washed and then pat dry.
What our Patients say
Skin Lesion Surgery Testimonials
"I am writing to let you know that my scar from my mole removal is barely noticeable! I can’t believe how well it has healed...”
"I would just like to say thank you to you and your team. You were very kind and I appreciate it very much..."
"Thank you very much for removing the mole off my forehead. I am so grateful that it is now gone after all these years..."
ESSENTIAL MOLE REMOVAL QUESTIONS
How much does mole removal cost?
We have a team of plastic surgeons who are very experienced in surgical mole removal. All of our fees include: Consultation, treatment and 2 follow up appointments at 1 and 12 weeks. Subject to the surgeon who treats you, our prices start from £640 for the removal of the 1st lesion and £200 for every lesion after that. For lesions that are larger than 2 cm, the fee will increase by £100 and a maximum of 4 lesions can be removed at one time. If a histology report is also required the charge for this is £130. In order to book treatment, a deposit of £50 is required.
What treatment options available for mole removal?
Shaving or Laser ablation of moles: Shaving or laser ablation of your mole is a simple and painless procedure you may wish to choose if your mole sticks out from your skin. During this treatment, our plastic surgeon will apply a local anaesthetic and simply shave the protruding part of the mole with a blade or with the CO2 laser. The area will then be cauterized to prevent bleeding, and we reduce the risk of infection using a topical antibiotic. You may have a pink mark in the mole’s place but this will fade in time.
Excision treatment of moles: An excision treatment for mole removal is slightly more involved but is still performed under just a local anaesthetic. Our expert plastic surgeon will surgically remove the mole and a perimeter of healthy skin which surrounds it. To complete the procedure we will stitch the wound, either deep in the skin or on the upper surface as appropriate. There will be a small scar, but this will gradually become less visible.
What is covered in the consultation for mole removal?
You will see a Consultant Plastic Surgeon or Consultant Dermatologist at Kat & Co. They will have years of experience in checking and, where required, removing moles. We’ll thoroughly check your moles and provide expert advice as to how mole removal should be carried out if it’s required. This will be based on the size and shape of your mole. If necessary, we can send the lesion removed for histological asessment.
How frequently should I get my moles checked?
If you are in a high-risk group for melanoma, we would recommend making a mole check and mole map consultation with us every six months to a year. If you are not at high risk than a mole check is only necessary if you have a specific concern or have noticed changes to your moles. It can be a good idea to ask a partner or friend to check your moles from time to time, as they may be better able to observe changes that you may not be able to see.
Is it natural for new moles to develop on an adult?
New moles do develop on adults and, in fact, your total mole quantities peak during your teens or 20s. By the age of 35, it is less usual for people to develop new moles. So if you get a new mole after age 35 it is a good idea to keep an eye on it and get it medically evaluated. This may include a biopsy. This is because a new mole at this age could indicate early melanoma or an evolving abnormal mole.
Is it safe to shave my own mole?
It is not safe to shave a mole at home and you should never try to do so. This is because you could get an infection, permanently disfigure yourself or create a cancer risk. Always work with a specialist medical professional if you wish to remove a mole.
Which health conditions are related to moles?
Most moles do not pose a threat. However, the most common health condition relating to moles is the potentially deadly type of skin cancer known as melanoma. If it is identified early, melanoma can be effectively treated and cured. But if left unchecked, it can be fatal. Self-checking your own moles (perhaps with the help of a friend or partner) can help you to identify melanoma early. We advise regularly checking your skin for moles, particularly those parts exposed to the sun. Use a mirror or someone you feel comfortable with to get full body coverage. In particular, look for changes in a mole’s shape, height, colour size, any discharge (including bleeding), or if it becomes painful, tender or itches. For young women, melanoma is most often found on the lower leg. In men, it is more likely to be found on the chest or back. Particularly look out for moles that differ from others on your body, or that appear for the first time after you turn 25. Here is a useful ABCDE guide for assessing a mole yourself. If any of the following characteristics are present, speak to a specialist as soon as possible, as it could be a sign of cancer.
Asymmetry– The two halves of your mole do not match.
Border – There is an irregular, ragged or blurred edge to your mole.
Colour – There is not a consistent colour to your mole or it contains shades of red, white, blue, black, brown or tan.
Diameter – The width of your mole is wider than the rubber on a pencil.
Evolution– The colour, shape or size of your mole is changing.