WHAT IS MOLE REMOVAL?
Many individuals have moles of some description somewhere on their body or face. Depending on the location and the characteristics of these moles, we can provide the option to remove them for you. Mole removal is a procedure that is considered for physical discomfort or cosmetic reasons.
METHOD OF MOLE REMOVAL
At our specialist mole clinic, you will be assessed by our team of consultant plastic surgeons or dermatologist who will advise you of the best method of treatment. We offer the following methods for mole removal:
- Surgical excision using a CO2 laser
- Excision with a knife
The technique selected for you will depend on your age, your skin type, the size of the mole and the location.
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. This is ideal for patients with a busy lifestyle and if you require this service, inform the clinic at the time of booking that you would like to book a see & treat appointment.
MOLE REMOVAL USING THE CO2 LASER
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.
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.
MOLE REMOVAL PROCEDURE INFORMATION
Operation time: 30 minutes
Anaesthesia: Local anaesthetic
Nights in hospital: Day case
Risks (common): Bruising, swelling and redness
Risks (uncommon): Infection, excessive scarring, asymmetry, bleeding and delayed wound healing
Pain and discomfort: At the time of injection
Follow-up after surgery: 1 week
Time of work: 0 hours
MOLE REMOVAL COST
See and treat appointments:
This appointment requires a £200 deposit.
If you decide after your consultation to go ahead with this procedure, the overall cost will be £495 for one mole. However, if after your appointment, you decide not to have the mole removed, Kat & Co Aesthetics will refund you £150. Also, if you do not attend your appointment, you will lose your £200 deposit.
A regular appoitment consultation is £150.
Cost of surgery for mole removal:
The surgery cost for both see and treat and regular appointments are the same.
If your chosen method of removal is the CO2 laser, there will be an additional cost of £100.
If you require more than 1 mole to be removed, then any subsequent moles will be charged at an additional cost of £200 per mole. Also, if your mole is larger than 2cm, it will be an additional charge of £200 per mole.
Lastly, if histology is required, an additional charge of £130 is required.
BEFORE AND AFTER PICTURES OF MOLE REMOVAL
Kat & Co Aesthetics have carried out many mole removals using a variety of methods. View some of our mole removal transformations below:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT MOLE REMOVAL
What is covered in the consultation for mole removal?
You will see a consultant plastic surgeon or dermatologist at your mole removal consultation at Kat & Co Aesthetics. We will thoroughly check your moles and provide expert advice as to how the mole should be removed if it's required.
How frequently should I get my moles checked?
If you are in a high-risk group for melanoma, we recommend making a mole check and map consultation with us every six months to a year. However, if you are not at high risk, it is only necessary if you have a specific concern or have noticed a change in your moles.
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.
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.