We offer full skin assessment for the detection of abnormal moles and provide advice on the treatment required. Recognising that prevention is the best cure, we also advise on personal skin care so that further skin conditions can be avoided. We are able to remove any moles that look suspicious or malignant.
In most cases, we can do this all on the same day, before then organising a pathological examination under the microscope. We are also able to remove moles for cosmetic reasons by using a number of different techniques.
Treatment for Moles
Dermatologists are the best qualified medical practitioners to detect the clinical signs of moles which may have developed into a melanoma or look suspicious. The advent of the dermatoscope (an illuminated hand-held lens with magnification) increases the clinical diagnostic ability of the dermatologist.
Once your skin has been assessed, your specialist will then tell you of the most appropriate skin surveillance follow-up programme tailored to your skin type and clinical risk. Sun protection and avoidance advice will be given as well as discussing the role of sunblocks.
However there is also no system better than the expertly trained dermatologist eye for clinically diagnosing melanoma. The mole mapping treatment is simply a supportive tool which dermatologists use to help keep a record of patient skin changes. We therefore offer mole screening of individual moles using dermoscopy.
You should inform the dermatologist if there is any recent change in colour, size, texture and shape of your lesions. We recommend that you regularly attend mole checks at a clinic so that early treatment can be provided if needed.
Mole Removal Procedures
A choice of mole treatment options are available, and at our clinic we offer those with the highest success rate. Treatment is quick, and in most cases you can resume normal activities straight away. Prior to all our skin mole treatment procedures, a topical or local anaesthetic will be administered to the affected area. This avoids any discomfort being felt during the procedure, whilst mild discomfort is sometimes felt after treatment once the anaesthetic has worn off. After some skin mole treatments you may be required to return to the clinic for removal of stitches. The risks of infection, bleeding and scarring after mole removal treatment are very low.
Mole removal procedures we offer:
This procedure involves removing the mole using a dermablade and takes around 20 minutes. The wound will sometimes require cauterisation to stop any bleeding and to tidy it up; however, no stitches are usually needed and the wound takes approximately 1-2 weeks to heal. A small, superficial scar is left behind after treatment.
Ellipse excision goes deeper and removes the mole more completely. The resulting wound requires stitches which can be either dissolvable or non-dissolvable depending on the site of mole removal. The treatment takes about 20 minutes. Generally, it is a method to remove deep moles and cysts.
A hyfrecator is a low-powered device used in electrosurgery, which removes moles in just a few minutes by destroying tissue. This treatment is usually used to remove small moles. The hyfrecater is also used to stop bleeding during minor surgery. Just a small superficial wound is left after mole removal.
The use of lasers to remove moles, has been a great addition to the practice. Several moles can be removed quickly in one setting with minimal scarring. It is also less costly as less materials are being used.
The use of radiofrequency device is also used in the practice.
After treatment, we send the suspicious moles to a laboratory to analyse if there are any abnormal cells. Sometimes moles can look normal, while abnormal cells are present lower in the skin. If these are detected early on, this can significantly improve the success of treatment. We advise on regular mole checks for any moles that are not removed.