Safe Methods Dermatologists Use To Remove Moles

Moles are growths on the skin that are caused due to excess melanin production in a particular area. Moles can occur anywhere on the skin and can develop at any age. Most moles are harmless, and it is common to have between 10 – 40 moles. If your moles are changing shape, colour, size, or look different from other moles, this could potentially be a sign of skin cancer and it is important to have these moles checked by a doctor or a dermatologist.

It is common for people to want their moles removed, for both medical and cosmetic reasons. Moles can safely be removed by dermatologists in a number of ways depending on the size, location and risk of being cancerous.


Is it safe to have moles removed, and what are some of the most effective methods used by dermatologists to remove moles? These are the questions that someone concerned about a mole may have. There are four main methods used at a dermatology clinic to remove moles:


Excision is a process in which cutting of the skin is involved. In this technique, a small incision or cut is made around the mole using a scalpel. But before making an incision, the dermatologist will inject local anesthetic so that the person does not feel any pain. They will then remove the part where the mole is present and stitch the area so that the skin can recover.

Shave Removal

In this process, the dermatologist will use a scalpel to shave off the first layer of the mole. This process is conducted until the mole disappears from the skin. But before the process starts, the area is numbed by the help of an anesthetic so that the person does not feel discomfort and pain. Other than that, there is no need for stitches in this method, and the recovery is relatively fast compared to other methods.

Laser Removal

Some moles, in particular small, flat and non-cancerous ones, can be removed with the help of a laser. A high-intensity light beam is used on the mole; this light penetrates the skin and gradually fades the moles. A few sessions are usually are required in order for the mole to fade away completely. It is a great non-invasive and painless technique.


Freezing is a method that uses liquid nitrogen for the removal of the mole. The area where the mole is present is frozen and removed. That treated area may have a blister or scar, but that will also eventually fade.


Are there safe ways to remove moles?

Removing moles is not only done for medical purposes, it’s also a popular a cosmetic procedure. If a specialist such as a dermatologist removes the moles with proper methods and techniques and tells, then this is a safe and secure procedure.

Is it safe to remove moles yourself?

Is it safe to remove moles at home? No, you should never remove moles by yourself. It may cause more damage and irritation to your skin, and you may make it worse if you do it yourself. An expert dermatologist will conduct this procedure and should not be attempted at home or by yourself.

Can apple cider vinegar be used to remove moles?

Apple cider vinegar has many health benefits, and it has been suggested that it can be used to remove moles. This should not be attempted at home as moles can be cancerous and any attempt to remove them can leave undiagnosed cancer behind. When a dermatologist removes a mole, they will check it for signs of skin cancer to ensure it was benign and no other treatment is required.

Is it safe to remove moles using a laser?

Another procedure that is commonly used to remove the moles is a laser. This is a safe and relatively easy method to remove moles and is non-invasive, meaning that there is no cutting of the skin involved and hence no skin scarring. Your dermatologist will assess your mole and determine the most appropriate mole removal method for you as lasers are not recommended for moles that are deep into the skin as they cannot penetrate far enough into the skin.

Is it safe to remove hairs from a mole?

Yes, it is safe to remove hair from your moles. Most people remove the hair from the mole because they don’t like the way it looks.

Is electrolysis safe to use on moles?

Electrolysis is not a process to remove mole; instead, it is a process through which we can remove the unwanted hair on top of the healthy mole. It will not remove the mole, but it will remove the hair on the mole so that you have a clean surface.


We welcome you to learn more about our mole checking services, where your moles will be reviewed and if necessary removed. You can also discuss mole removal for cosmetic purposes. If you have any doubts about the shape, size or colour of a mole, or if it appears to have changed in any way, we suggest seeking advice from an expert dermatologist. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you have any questions, book a consultation online or contact us to talk to one of our experts today.


At Everything Skin Clinic™, we have a team of highly trained Consultant dermatologists, who have completed specialist training in Dermatology and are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. All our consultants hold substantive contracts with the best Dermatology centres in leading NHS hospitals. Therefore, you can be certain of the highest quality private care.

We offer a range of treatments and can offer one, or a combination of treatments to achieve the best results. Unlike many other clinics, we can offer diagnosis and treatment all under one roof by expert consultant dermatologist, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.



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