A mole, or a melanocytic naevi in medical terms, is a flat or raised coloured spot found on the skin that consists of melanocytes. Melanocytes are cells that produce the pigment which give our skin their natural colour. They can vary in size, shape and colour from skin colour to brown or black. They may also have different textures ranging from smooth to rough, and occasionally may have a hair growing from them.
There are a number of ways that mole removal is performed and our experienced plastic surgeons will discuss with you which method would be best for your individual case. The first method of removal is a shave excision. This technique involves taking the raised part of the mole off the surface of the skin to leave a flat scar. This is suitable for raised flesh coloured moles. Moles may also be removed by laser which ablates the mole. The final method is mole excision that allows complete removal of the mole.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Mole Removal is performed under local anaesthetic by one of our skilled plastic surgeons. The risks include: scarring; infection; bleeding; wound breakdown; recurrence of the mole; and, incomplete removal. The scars are permanent and initially red but will fade with time.
Most patients will require a dressing for about one week after mole removal. Mole excision will have stitches in place for about 7-10 days following treatment. The shave technique will often result in formation of a scab which will gradually come away within about 1-2 weeks.
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