What is a mole?
Moles are blemishes of various sizes and colours that are often commonly seen on the body or face. They can be flat or raised, and can be a variety of shapes. Although most moles are harmless, it is important to ensure a doctor examines any mole that changes shape, colour or starts to irritate.
Moles are very common, with 1 in every 100 babies being born with one, according to the American Academy of Dermatology, but for some people they can have a huge effect on self-confidence, especially if the mole is on the face or other parts of the body where people can see them?
Are moles dangerous?
A dermatologist should always be asked to assess a mole to advise on whether it is an indication of something serious.
What is mole removal surgery?
This is an operation to remove the mole. This may be because it has shown changes in shape or colour, or is unsightly, painful or restricting your movement. Removing a mole with Spire Cosmetic Surgery is usually a quick and straightforward procedure and is often performed as an out-patient or day-case procedure, with no overnight stay.
What does mole removal surgery involve?
The operation is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic, which means that the affected skin area will be completely numb but you stay awake. Sedative drugs can be given with a local anaesthetic to help you feel relaxed during the procedure.
In some cases, a local anaesthetic and/or sedation is not needed. This will depend on the type of treatment you are having and the size, location and number of moles that need removing.
The exact technique used for removing the mole depends on factors such as what condition it is, its size and location.
Most moles are removed with a scalpel and the wound closed with stitches. Some moles may be shaved down to the level of the surrounding skin. Alternatively some may be frozen off with cold liquid nitrogen gas or destroyed with a precision high-energy laser.
The operation will usually leave a scar. How big and noticeable this will be depends on the exact operation. It's quite normal for a scab to develop and this will generally heal within a week or two. Any inflammation will usually disappear within a few weeks. Most scars fade significantly over the first year.
Are there risks with mole removal surgery?
Thousands of mole removal treatments are successfully done every year with no major problems or complications.
Your surgeon will explain the risks associated with each method and advise you on which treatment option is most suitable for you. Samples of the removed mole may be sent to a laboratory for examination.
Can you get a mole removed on the NHS?
The NHS may remove moles as a treatment for a health condition, such as skin cancer, or if they are likely to get damaged, such as when shaving the face.
However, if a GP or dermatologist believes mole removal to be cosmetic, they may suggest the removal be performed privately by expert surgeons such as those at Spire Cosmetic Surgery.
Cosmetic mole removal from Spire Cosmetic Surgery
With Spire Cosmetic Surgery you can select to see the consultant surgeon of your choice at a time that suits you. Read more about why Spire is the trusted choice for cosmetic surgery. You will be treated in a premium Spire private hospital - not a clinic - so you can be assured of our commitment to the highest healthcare standards and cleanliness.
How much does mole removal cost?
If you would like to know the price for mole removal simply call your preferred Spire location to speak to a cosmetic treatment adviser, send us an online enquiry or request a callback and we will be in touch.
How can I find out more about mole removal?