Moles are pigmented skin lesions of variable appearance. They are very common, can occur all over the body and while usually of no medical significance, moles sometimes can be a sign of skin cancer . For the majority of people wanting their moles removed it is for cosmetic reasons. And it is for this reason that mole removal is a very common procedure at The Cambridge Aesthetic Clinic.
What is a mole?
A mole is a small cluster of coloured skin cells which are capable of forming anywhere on the body. Usually harmless, people can live with moles without any complications, but they can sometimes be a sign of a more serious condition.
When should I seek advice on my mole?
We recommend seeking professional advice from Mr Abood if any of your moles exhibit one or more of the following symptoms:
• It is changing or has changed colour
• It is inflamed, painful or itchy
• The size or shape has changed
• It protrudes and catches on clothing, causing irritation
The reasons we’ll proceed with mole removal
Mr Abood won’t always recommend mole removal, depending on the circumstances, but he may recommend the procedure in the following circumstances:
• The mole needs to be removed for identification and treatment to eliminate any risk of skin cancer
• The mole may become dangerous and removal now may prevent future complications
• You have expressed a desire to have the mole removed because you find it cosmetically unappealing or because it catches on clothing or during shaving.
The mole removal process: considerations
There are a number of different techniques which can be used to remove your mole. Mr Abood will fully discuss the best method of mole removal for you. The removal process is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic which involves and injection into the skin to numb it so that the procedure itself is painless.
With any surgical procedure a scar is inevitable, however Mr Abood will always plan to limit any scar and advise you on how best to look after it and therefore encourage it to fade away.
Resurfacing lasers are a common option for mole removal because they leave few marks or scars behind. However, laser treatment isn’t appropriate for all forms of moles, and Mr Abood will always offer the most appropriate advice for your situation.
Recovering from mole removal
Following mole removal, you may find that the area treated is a little sore and red in appearance for around a week. This may result in a dressing being required. You will also be advised to use sunscreen with a high SPF rating on the area for around six months to minimise scarring.
Very occasionally moles sometimes reappear, and if that happens, we recommend revisiting for a second consultation to assess why this has happened and whether or not the same procedure can be carried out again.
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