Shave Excision Surgery

Fast and painless procedure

Minimal scarring

London and Bristol clinics

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mole-removal-from-lipsShave excisions are the easiest and commonest form of mole removal for moles that protrude from the skin.

They involve a tiny painless injection of local anaesthetic just under the mole to numb just that part of the skin.

A special surgical removal technique is then used plane down the mole or lesion so it is flat on the skin.

Mole removal by shaving costs from £310

Add £160 each for additional mole.

  • takes a few minutes to perform
  • no stitches required
  • takes just 7-10 days to heal
  • only leaves a tiny mark

Most patients cannot believe how quick and easy it is and often wished they had done it sooner.

If the moles are in any way worrying or we feel that a better cosmetic outcome could be achieved, we we would perform an ellipse excision surgical procedure.

For more before & after photos, please see our comprehensive gallery.

Treatment Information

The cost of mole removal is totally inclusive of local anaesthetic, dressings and any follow-up required. We recommend histology / testing of moles in all cases*.

Doctor Consultation** £50:

Prices for treatments carried out in the same appointment as the consultation will include the £50 consultation fee (note: same day procedures are only undertaken where the procedure is deemed appropriate to do so AND the patient understands the full extent of the costs, risks and potential side effects and is consenting to proceed on that knowledge).

Shave Excision +/- Laser – no stitches, minimal scarring, pain-free. This is the most common procedure we use.

Moles Surgery Cost Histology* Cost Total Cost
1 £310 £85 £395
2 £470 £105 £575
3 £630 £125 £755
4 £790 £145 £935
5 £950 £165 £1,115

Further Information

* Histology or mole testing – It is our policy that ALL moles are sent for testing for ultimate peace of mind. This involves the mole that is removed being sent to another laboratory where it is examined by a doctor to ensure all the layers of the skin are normal. Very occasionally even moles that look fine after removal can be found to have abnormalities lower down. This microscopic histopathology testing is the only 100% guarantee the mole is normal.

** Doctor consultations are purely for the moles patients request to have assessed for removal and do not constitute a full body mole check. This is available as a separate service for a top-to-toe review of your skin and identification of any worrying lesions.

Prices above are a guide to the costs and the exact price can only be determined once the doctor has examined the mole and advice given as to the best way of removal. Larger and more complex moles are likely to incur a higher fee.


How to minimise scarring

Our team not only uses the best and latest mole removal procedures but our aftercare protocol ensures quick healing and minimal scarring.

As part of our aftercare we recommend the use of Kelo-cote UV silicon scar gel that is clinically proven to reduce scarring and protects the healing wound from sunlight.

Cosmedics now stock this product with UV protection which protects the healing wound from sunlight (which can delay healing).

This means mole removal is ideal all year round with this added sun protection and you can be sure you are getting the best outcome possible.

Aftercare for Mole Removal by Shave Excision

The information below is an aftercare guide to shave excisions. For those with stitches (ellipse excisions please see guidance in the relevant section)

After the procedure the area will remain numb for 2-3 hours.  After this the anaesthetic will wear off and the wound will feel like a graze. Simple paracetamol or ibuprofen for 1-2 days will minimize any discomfort.

What to Expect after Mole Removal

Mole Healing Day by Day

  • Day 1-3 you can expect the area to be red and the edges slightly inflamed and raised. This normal as it is part of the healing process. Any discomfort should be getting slowly better. If is getting significantly worse let us know.
  • Day 3-10 the wound will have red edges with a yellow green center to it that is part of the normal healing process
  • Day 10-14 wound will appear red and last areas of healing will slowly close over
  • Day 14- 28  the wound will be red but healing well and according to how well you heal will start to fade and flatten out.
  • Month 1-3  the area will start to fade from red color to pinkish. If the wound is getting lumpy or raised this is unlikely to be the mole re-growing but possibly the wound over healing in which case contact us and we can review the area. Simply massage with biooil and applying silicon gels ( dermatix or kelocote) often help minimize the scarring.
  • Month 3-9  the scar tissue will start remodeling and fading to lighter skin color with less redness. Occasionally some pigmentation / coloration can reappear and if this happens and is significant contact us and we can remove this coloration if it is of concern.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I wash as normal?

Yes you can but be careful to keep the area dry for the first 2-3 days and avoid soaking the area ie long baths or swimming for 7 days.

Can I take painkillers?

Yes simple paracetamol and ibuprofen are sufficient especially in the first 1-2 days. Thereafter any discomfort should decrease.

Can I do exercise?

Our advice is for smaller wounds it is best to leave for a 2-3 days but gentle walking etc is ok.  If it is an area that rubs against the wound leave for 7-10 days.

Should I expect any bleeding?

There maybe a small amount of oozing into the dressing but if it more than that pressure should be applied to the area with a tissue for 10-20 minutes until it has stopped. Should it continue or the area get painful please contact us.

Will I get any bruising?

Yes some bruising in the area is quite normal. This normally takes 7-14 days to settle and gentle massage and arnica cream can help speed up the recovery.


Before & After

Miss M.G. mole removal for a cosmetic mole on her cheek. The mole was removed by shave excision.

Shave excision removal of a large mole on the right lip

Miss L.W. had her chest mole removed by shave surgery and laser for best outcome.

Forehead mole removed using shave excision.

A raised mole on the forehead was removed with minimal mark left after healing. Brown sun damage spots were treated with laser.

Mole on the lower cheek removed by shave excision.

What our patients say

4.95 Average

330 Reviews

Rebecca D

Dr Vardy is fantastic, she talked me through each step of the procedure and I am incredibly happy with the results. I was a little nervous about it but she gave me great advice and is incredibly professional.

Posted 4 days ago

Grace M

Had a hydradermie facial done with Lydia and was very pleased with the service and professionalism I received from her. I would definitely recommend her as a racialist

Posted 4 days ago


Lovely doctor , explained all my options and we agreed on the best one for me. I had two moles removed on the same day as my appointment and I was done in twenty minutes. I would defiantly recommend Dr Vardy as the procedure was quick and painless

Posted 1 month ago


I had a small mole on the face that I was thinking of removing for a good few years. I had an appointment with Dr Todman and she and her assistant were very nice and professional, they explained everything I needed to know about the mole shaving treatment. I decided to do the treatment on the same day and it was the right decision. I am very happy with the result, the mole is removed and I dont have any scars. I highly recommend Dr Todman.

Posted 1 month ago


I have had a number of moles removed including one on my face that I was incredibly nervous about but I had no reason to be. Dr Perry did an excellent job of each one. I wouldn’t trust anyone else but him. Thank you Dr Perry!

Posted 1 month ago


I had my treatment for a mole to be removed on Tuesday 8th jan at the Bristol surgery and it was great. The mole centred on my forehead just between my eyes had been knocking my confidence for years but with in 20 mins it was gone,no pain and very little bleeding,4 days on it looks amazing,can’t wait to see it in another 4 weeks,thank you so much everyone x

Posted 1 month ago

Ann C

Excellent treatment and care

Posted 1 month ago

Monika k

Pain free treatment, very quick and the doctor was extremely nice and approachable.

Posted 2 months ago

Sally D

Very good experience. Extremely quick and easy. Dr. Vardy was very professional and made me feel completely reassured. Thank you!

Posted 3 months ago

Rachel B

Dr Vardy was warm and professional. She put me at ease immediately and the treatment was quick and effective. I’m very pleased with the result.

Posted 3 months ago



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