at Cosmedics Skin Clinics
Tracy Kiss (blogger, journalist, TV personality and PT) shared her mole removal procedure in a video and diary blog.
She visited Dr Ross Perry at Cosmedics Skin Clinics to have a large and hairy mole removed from her arm. While she was there, she also had a bothersome mole removed from the back of her neck.
Tracy explains why the mole bothered her:
“I’ve had a large and hairy mole on the back of my arm for as long as I can remember. Growing up I felt very self conscious about it as it grows thick black hairs which I precariously shave. It seems to get bigger with age for which I have a paranoia of it becoming sinister as being just below a short sleeved shirt height on my arm it’s almost always exposed to sunlight and so I’ve pointed it out to my doctor across the years at routine health checks for a second opinion…”
“…whilst it’s remained stable for the past several years I’ve been assured that it’s nothing to worry about and is safe to have removed which is why I’ve booked into Cosmedics Skin Clinic on London’s Harley Street with Dr Ross Perry.”
Shave Excision Mole Removal Procedure
- Firstly, Dr Ross Perry administered local anaesthetic, which made sure that the procedures would be completely painless
- To remove the moles, Dr Perry used a ‘shave excision’ technique, using a special blade to cut the moles off at the surface of the skin
- After mole removal, the remaining skin is bright white in colour, so all of the brown pigment and raised tissue has been removed
- The wound is then cauterised to prevent bleeding, using a special device which applies heat to seal the skin
- After cleaning a small plaster is applied
- Both Tracy’s moles were sent for ‘histology’ to an independent, specialist testing lab to check for abnormalities. This is a precaution as Tracy says
“As my moles were sent to the lab to be examined for abnormalities the histology report will be sent to me in 2-3 weeks time by post. However I’ve been assured my moles are nothing to worry about and the removal was a great success.”
Tracy’s aftercare advice was ‘very straightforward‘
- Keep the area dry for for first 1-2 days
- Return to gym activities the next day
- Keep a plaster on for 7-10 days
- In case of any bleeding, apply firm pressure for with a clean tissue for 20 mins until it settles
- Any sign of infection will present itself as redness around the wound within 3-4 days after treatment – consult my doctor if this happens
- After 10-14 days massage the skin with bio oil, vitamin E cream, silicone gel or moisturiser to help to reduce the final appearance of the scar all of which can be found at any chemist.
- All scars start out red and then fade to a lighter shade with time
Results After 7 Days
“…my moles have healed beautifully so far and I’m really pleased with their progress.
“Today is one week since having them removed and aside from my arm feeling slightly tender because of how big my old mole was, I don’t even notice the one on my neck anymore.
“All in all they heal just like any cut would and I’ll be keeping them covered up until day 10 before letting them get to the air. I switched from the small circle plasters provided by the clinic to a wider fabric plaster to help them to stick on better when sweating. The wound started off as moist, white and sticky under the plaster which is the most important time to keep it covered to prevent infection.
“Day by day the depth of the sunken skin from where the pigment was removed has risen up to the same level and a dry scab has formed to cover it.
“As expected there are still hair follicles in my arm which I will continue to shave after healing is complete and I’m overjoyed that the dark pigment has finally gone.”
Mole Removal Diary
Read Tracy’s full blog together with before and after photos during the healing at
Dr Ross Perry
Dr Ross Perry regularly provides expert comment and advises the media on a range of skincare and health-related issues.
He has particular expertise in skin surgery mole removal and melanoma; having removed thousands of moles in his career, both within the NHS and privately through Cosmedics Skin Clinics. He has provided expert advice on sun damage and sun protection for a variety of UK media and publications.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors. The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.
Call 020 7386 0464 or email email@example.com for an appointment.