Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black, they can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 25 years of a person’s life, in addition, it’s normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood.
Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin, these cells are called melanocytes and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour, as a result, you may find your moles darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years and during pregnancy.
Most skin moles are easily ignored and don’t present any health problems, but for some, people they cause them to feel self-conscious or can even cause discomfort, particularly if they’re in an area rubbed by clothing. Other moles may present worrying symptoms.
Having moles on the skin is common, but if they have changed, if new ones appear or you think they look different for any reason you may want to get them checked out, diagnosed and treated by a specialist.
Depending on where your moles are on your body and the size of them, your moles can cause embarrassment and may want to be removed for cosmetic reasons. When it comes to skin cancer, speedy treatment is vital so the removal of cancerous or precancerous moles is always advised. Both benign and cancerous moles can be removed at Everything Skin Clinic.
Moles can be removed in a range of different ways depending on its size, location and characteristics. If you are not sure if your mole is suspicious and needs removing, or you have a lot of moles, please take a look at our page about mole checks for more information.
Signs a mole may need removing
Most moles are completely harmless, but some moles can develop into Melanoma skin cancer so it’s important to check your skin regularly so that you can spot any changes in size, shape, or colour early and get them checked out if you notice any changes.
Things to look out for when you’re checking your moles include:
Asymmetry – one half doesn’t match the other half
Borders – the mole has uneven borders
Colour – there is a variety of colours in the mole (brown, tan or black)
Diameter – the mole grows larger than a pencil eraser (¼ inch)
Evolution – the mole evolves in size, shape, colour, elevation or there is a new characteristic
Almost everyone has moles and it can sometimes be difficult to know whether a mole has changed or whether a mark on your skin is new. This is a particular problem for skin sites that are hard to keep an eye on, such as your back.
At Everything Skin Clinic™, we provide a state of the art computer-assisted mole mapping service for complete peace of mind! This is particularly useful for people who are known to have an increased risk of the development of malignant melanoma.
Mole Removal Treatment
Although many people don’t notice the majority of moles on their body, for some people, particularly those with visible moles on the face, this can cause low confidence and result in them wanting the mole removed. If a mole is rubbing against clothes or jewellery, it may become uncomfortable and bleed. Mole removal can easily stop this physical discomfort. Some moles can present signs of health problems, the most notable being cancer. Mole removal can remove the cancerous cells. All moles removed by our Dermatologist are looked at closely during a biopsy in our clinic, to give you peace of mind.
When it comes to removing a mole, it’s important for your dermatologist to look closely at the mole to see if it presents any symptoms, in addition, any abnormal moles should be removed surgically for histology. Some moles can also be removed for cosmetic reasons.
Moles can be shaved, lasered or cut out (excised), however not all techniques are suitable for all moles and as a result, a consultation is very important to discuss the best technique for your mole removal.
No matter which treatment you have, you will be in the safest of hands at Everything Skin Clinic™. During your initial consultation, your practitioner will explain any possible side effects and how to avoid them.
Laser mole removal
While this is a simple and safe treatment, not all moles should be shaved or be treated with a laser. If the mole is suspicious looking, it’s best to have it checked by your dermatologist who will use a dermatoscope to examine the moles and discuss with you the best treatment options for them.
Why choose Everything Skin Clinic?
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.