Mole Removal

Created: 03.08.2023

Updated: 27.12.2023

Approved by: General Practitioner, Dr Binita Parmar 

Many people have a mole or growth somewhere on their skin and wonder about having it removed. We have different types of treatments for the removal of different skin growths.

Moles that deviate from the norm

If you are concerned about a mole, particularly if it looks unusual or has changed, it is important that you seek prompt medical attention. Before removing moles, one of our Dermatologists will assess your skin’s overall health and examine the mole in question. A general assessment of the number of moles, size, configuration, and degree of sun damage to the skin can also be undertaken.

For moles that appear abnormal or potentially harmful, such as showing signs of skin cancer like malignant melanoma or squamous cell carcinoma, the doctor will usually recommend its surgical removal under local anaesthesia. The removed skin tissue is then sent to a laboratory for analysis, examining cells from the skin tissue/mole to look for any suspicious changes. You will receive the results of this examination, indicating whether the mole is benign or malignant, within 1-2 weeks.

Mole removal

Surgical removal of moles is the most common way to remove moles. It is a treatment method that is often used for smaller melanomas or early-stage mole cancer, where the melanoma is removed during a biopsy. This is an effective method of removing moles with a deep base and involves removing a piece of skin tissue. For people with early-stage mole cancer, this will be the only treatment needed. Surgical removal of moles is performed with a scalpel, and a stitch or two will be sewn after the operation with care taken to achieve the best possible cosmetic result.

Following the operation, the mole will be sent for histological examination, to analyse whether cancer has developed. As a rule, you will receive an answer as to whether the mole contains cancer within 1-2 weeks. You will normally be able to do normal activities shortly after the treatment, but a surgical intervention will require some care from you afterwards, for example keeping the wound clean and the bandage regularly changed. Additionally, once the wound starts to heal, you will usually require the removal of stitches.

How Dr. Dropin can help you

At Dr.Dropin, all Dermatologists are experienced in removing various types of moles on the body. We encourage you to visit for a consultation, during which one of our skilled Dermatologists will assess you.

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How Dr. Dropin can help you

At Dr.Dropin, all dermatologists are experienced in removing various types of spots on the body. Come for a consultation and one of our dermatologists will assess your spot.

General Practitioner

At Dr.Dropin our experienced GPs provide a wide range of primary care services, similar to those provided by the NHS, either in the clinic or through video consultations.

Dermatologist

At Dr.Dropin, you will receive specialist care from our expert Consultant Dermatologists provided by skindoc. With extensive experience from both public and private hospitals, we can assess and treat most chronic and acute skin disorders – either in the clinic, through video, or via a photo upload service.