Moles are the commonest of all the skin spots or blemishes. Everyone of us have moles and there are exceptions to it such as babies who generally don’t have moles unless someone is born with a congenital mole.
Most moles are generally harmless, and they do not themself pose any threat to our life unless someone has noticeable changes, or a new symptom has developed in them and in such situation, one should seek help immediately from a medical professional.
At Renew Skin and Health clinic in Leamington Spa our doctors will examine your moles and if needed these can be removed within our clinic, and very occasionally during your initial consultation if the situation demands. If several moles are being treated further visits will be required to ensure each mole are healing as expected. There are a number of methods to remove moles such as electrosurgical mole removal or laser mole removal but the old standard methods of treating moles are shave excision or excision followed by biopsy. We at Renew Skin and health clinic specialise in removing all types of moles and the best method in the individual case is decided upon consultation by our experts.
Shave Excision: Moles that protrude from the skin surface can be simply shaved off by our doctors under local anaesthetic injection. At Renew Skin and Health Clinic, we use a sharp device called Dermablade to shave off the mole in order to achieve a surface which is flush with the surrounding skin. Following shave excision of the mole, the doctor cauterizes the area to stop any bleeding/oozing. A topical antibiotic cream is then applied to the treated area to minimize the risk of infection postoperatively. Shaving moles sometimes may leave some mole cells behind and this may grow back with time. When the scab peels off over 2 weeks then a fresh pink skin may be visible which will eventually fade with time and blend with the surrounding skin.
Mole Excision: For excision of the mole, under a local anaesthetic, our plastic surgeon uses a fine scalpel to cut out the mole together with a border of healthy skin around it. A few tiny stitches are then inserted to close the wound. Following this procedure, a small scar will be left, which will fade over time.
Following your mole removal, we will send all mole tissues to the histology laboratory for biopsy to obtain a final diagnosis of a mole that was removed, and this is our standard practice at Renew Skin and Health Clinic. This, in turn, ensures that we always provide the best care for all our patients. Please be aware that cutting or removing a suspected cancerous mole will not cause the cancer spread.
Following a mole removal at our clinic, your skin will heal normally. If however, the mole grows back, then immediately arrange another appointment to see us as this is a sign of melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer.
Laser mole removal:
Certain moles on face, head or elsewhere are suitable for this procedure but the downside is that tissue is not always available for histology. Most suitable moles for this method are fibrous papules or an angiofibroma which tend to occur on or around the nose. These are harmless skin spots or blemishes that can be easily removed using an ablative laser. If you suffer from these moles, then please WhatsApp images of your mole to our on-call doctor on +447866 715 815 to get quick professional advice.