Moles are a small cluster of coloured spots on the skin. They are made up of cells called melanocytes which produce the colour or pigment in your skin. Moles may darken after sun exposure, during pregnancy or puberty and can vary in colour from pink, brown or black. They may appear flat, raised oval or circular and is common for the average adult to have between 10 and 40 on their body. For many people some moles in more prominent places can feel unsightly or give discomfort if they catch on clothing or jewellery.
During an initial consultation at our Norwich clinic we will assess the mole to be removed. Should there be any concerns regarding the nature of the mole we would refer you back to your GP for investigations.
We use two main methods of mole removal shaving and excision.
Some moles protrude from the skin so can be shaved away by the use of a scalpel following a local anaesthetic. This methods requires no stitches and may leave a small pink/white scar.
Under local anaesthetic a scalpel is used to cut away the mole and a border of the skin around it. A small suture is required which will leave a small line of scarring.
The method to be used will depend on the mole and will be explained to you at consultation.
Both methods are quick and take around 30 minutes to complete.
For the safety or our clients all our moles are sent for expert histology analysis to ensure no cancer is present. These charges are included in the price.
After the procedure you will be given instructions. Generally the wound will need to be covered by a dressings for a few days and the wound kept reasonable dry. Sutures tend to be removed in 5 -14 days depending on the site of the body.
The cost of the procedure will be finalised at the consultation.
Usually 3 lesions in 1 session is enough for the patient.
The price will include follow up appointments if these are needed, ie for removal of sutures.