Mole and Cyst Removal

The science bit

What Is Mole Removal?

Moles can literally come in all shapes and sizes. Some are brownish in colour, some are darker or skin-coloured. They can be flat or raised, smooth or irregular, and some have hair growing from them.

Most moles are completely harmless. However unsightly moles on your face might have a negative effect on your confidence, making you feel self-conscious. They can also be a nuisance, catching on your clothing or getting cut while you’re shaving.

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While most moles are non-cancerous, in rare cases they can develop into melanoma, a serious and aggressive form of skin cancer. Melanomas usually appear as new, dark, fast-growing spots or pre-existing moles that change size, shape or colour and bleed.

Whether or not you believe your moles are harmless you should check your skin every few months for new moles that develop, or any significant changes to existing moles. Things to look for include:

  • Moles with uneven colouring
  • Moles with an uneven or ragged edge
  • Bleeding, itching, red, inflamed, swollen or crusty moles
  • Moles that change in size over weeks or months

All of the above need to be checked, so if you’re experiencing any of them please see your GP.

Both forms of moles, cancerous and non-cancerous, can be treated surgically, even if they’re perfectly harmless. There’s minimal scarring. We can advise you about how to treat or remove suspicious moles, and we can arrange mole removal as well as a full biopsy.

What About Cyst Removal?

A cyst is a pocket of membranous tissue that contains fluid or air. Cysts can grow almost anywhere in your body or under your skin and there are lots of different types, most of which are harmless. We use the same methods to remove cysts as we do for removing moles.

What Can I Expect From Mole Removal?

There are several procedures we can use to treat the area, depending on whether your mole is raised from the skin or flat.

Flat Mole Removal

Some people confuse flat moles with freckles. Dark flat moles can be lightened with a laser or skin lightening creams so they’re a lot less obvious.

If you have a true mole and it’s flat, the only way to remove it is to make a small cut which leaves a tiny scar that heals naturally. You might need anything from one to three stitches, which we’ll remove within a week of your treatment. You’ll need to protect the area from  sunlight while it heals.

Raised Mole or Cyst Removal

If your mole is raised it can either be excised – in other words cut out – or shaved off. If the mole is shaved there’s always a small chance that it might grow back because the root hasn’t been removed. The shaving method leaves very little scarring and many people prefer to try this method first, especially if the mole is on their face.

Mole Excision

The excision procedure involves a small, painless injection of local anaesthetic under the mole to numb the affected area. Thanks to precision cutting the entire mole is removed in one go. The opening is closed with stitches that will dissolve over time. After the initial wound heals you’ll see a tiny line of scar tissue instead of the mole, and this will gradually fade from red to white. The treatment usually takes less than 20 minutes.

Mole Shaving

Mole shaving is similar to excision. It involves removing the mole with a shaving procedure using local anaesthetic, which means you don’t feel any pain. It’s a very straightforward procedure where your doctor uses a sharp instrument to shave very close to the skin, taking off the mole without removing the root. Shaving usually leaves a less noticeable scar than other mole removal treatments.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Areas Can Be Treated?
We can remove moles from anywhere on the body, including intimate areas.
What Does Mole Removal Involve?
We will remove your raised of flat mole at the clinic, after giving you a local anaesthetic. It takes less than an hour.
What Is The Recovery Time For Mole Removal?
The recovery time is almost instant. If the mole is on your face you’ll have a small dressing, also possibly a little stitch that we’ll remove for you after 7 days. This might mean you prefer to steer clear of socialising and physical activity for a week or so.
Is There Any Discomfort from Mole Removal?
Once the anaesthetic has worn off the area will be a little sore. You’ll need to keep it dry for 48 hours. If you need to take painkillers, Paracetamol will dull the nerve endings while you are healing.
Are There Any Alternatives?
At your initial consultation we’ll go through all the options with you, including the different ways to remove your mole or cyst. Don’t forget – if a mole looks suspicious or has changed its appearance, get it checked.
How Will I Feel?
You might not realise quite how much the mole or cyst has been affecting the way you feel until it’s finally gone and your skin is clear again. When you’ve been feeling self-conscious about a mole or cyst, it feels wonderful.
Disclaimer: Results and patient experiences may vary. These are dependent on a number of factors including age, medical history, lifestyle and more.
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