We don’t normally need to see a patient again after mole, skin tag removal surgery as the wounds heal very quickly. If we decided to send any moles for testing we will write to you in 1 to 2 weeks to inform you of the result. If you have any problems we will ensure they are dealt with quickly.
Silicon gels can be used as well as massaging however this can be slow and not always work. The worst forms of scarring are hypertrophic or keloid scarring that commonly occur in fair skin or darker skin types in areas such as the chest, breast and shoulders. Treatments for this are difficult and in some cases can make them worse. The main treatments involve steroid injections into the scar or steroid tape. These often need to be repeated every 2-3 months to see the best results. IPL laser can also help reduce the redness.
Scarring is inevitable will all forms of mole removal however the skill of the surgeon is to limit this to a minimal degree that is almost not noticeable. The mole removal technique is one important factor to help achieve the best results but also daily massaging with a scar treatment moisturiser over the scarred area can help in the first 3 months.
Silicon scar reduction gels can also come in plaster like dressings rather than gels that can be easier for areas where gels are not suitable.
It is not safe to remove a colored mole if you don’t know what type of mole it is and also the scarring can be far worse than with conventional procedures.
We advise patients not to get rid of moles at home. Various over the counter or internet products and creams, or home remedies such as bloodroot, vinegar and other acids are not recommended.
Cosmetic mole removal by laser or surgery is not performed on the NHS and waiting times for non urgent care can be very long. See https://www.nhs.uk/common-health-questions/nhs-services-and-treatments/can-i-get-a-mole-removed-on-the-nhs/ for information.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics are specialist in mole removal and we are able to charge affordable prices compared to private hospitals.
We carry out mole removal at all of Cosmedics Skin Clinics locations in London and Bristol.
Skin moles removal surgery is relatively simple and in most cases you can return to normal activities the same day.
Fortunately, with mole removal, the risks are very low and it is a safe and simple procedure. With any cosmetic plastic surgery procedure however there are potential side-effects such as infection, bleeding and scarring. At Cosmedics our doctors and surgeons who are experts in dermatological surgery will ensure the highest standards of care.
All mole removal procedures, both surgical and laser, will leave a small scar which is normally far less noticeable than the original mole.
We use the latest techniques to ensure any scarring is minimal.
Rarely, some people with very dark or light skin have an abnormal response to healing and end up with larger scars than usual (hypertrophic or keloid scars).
Yes our medical guidelines state that we should send ALL mole specimens for testing.
The lesion / specimen goes to a separate laboratory and is examined under a microscope by another specialised histopathology doctor. This is the ONLY 100% way to determine if a mole is atypical or not as often normal looking moles can be ok on the surface but abnormal lower down. See above for mole testing costs.