At a Glance
Moles are often harmless skin growths, however, it is very important to note that if you have a mole that changes in colour or size, or starts to bleed, it is really important to get it checked by your GP.
Centre for Surgery offers non-surgical options to remove moles, however, in some instances, surgery proves to be the best option.
Skin imperfections are a common occurrence and can become more frequent as we age. Moles can often appear to be large and unsightly, especially when they appear on a prominent, visible area of the body. Removal of moles can become an appealing option if you are wanting to improve the aesthetic appeal of your skin.
Prior to deciding to have a mole removed, you may also wish to undertake mole screening to analyse any moles and ensure they are not suspicious.
You will be a good candidate if you have a mole that you dislike the appearance of or it is causing you any discomfort.
You will have to be at least 18 years old to have mole removal at Centre for Surgery.
Before undergoing any mole removal, you will be required to attend a consultation with one of the surgeons. This will give the surgeon the opportunity to examine the mole and decide on the best possible method for removal.
Moles that are considered healthy will be removed using the curettage and cautery method. This involves the surgeon using a curette to remove the mole from the skin. The wound is then shut with the application of heat, known as cauterised. This wound will generally fade within two to three weeks. Prior to the procedure, you will be given a local anaesthetic, so you will not be able to feel any discomfort.
Suspicious moles will be removed through surgical excision. This involves using a scalpel, knife, razor or scissors to remove the mole. This will result in a small scar, however, this will fade over time. Surgeons take the utmost care to ensure that any scarring is minimal. Any suspicious moles will be sent to a lab for testing. You will be able to receive the results after one week. Your GP will be alerted when the results are available.
You will be able to return home on the same day as the procedure once the effects of the local anaesthetic have worn off.
You may notice some scarring, however, with time this will fade and become less noticeable.
What does mole removal involve?Mole removal involves a surgical excision to remove the mole from your skin. There are numerous different methods which can be undertaken to achieve this. Prior to any surgery, your surgeon will examine the mole to determine the best method for you.
Methods for surgical mole removal include:
- Curettage and cautery
- Surgical excision
Will the procedure hurt?You will be given a local anaesthetic prior to the procedure, so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the removal.
What is the recovery period like?There is very little recovery period involved in mole removal. You will be able to return home the same day as the procedure once the effects of the local anaesthetic have worn off.
Will I have a scar?Surgical excision will result in you having a scar. This will be most noticeable directly after the procedure but will fade over time. The surgeons will take care to ensure that the scar is as small and subtle as possible.
Will the mole need to be sent to a lab?This will vary for each person. During your consultation, the surgeon will be able to determine whether or not the mole is deemed suspicious. If the mole appears suspicious, it will be sent to a lab for further testing. Results from this may take around one week to return. Your GP will be told when your results are available.