First and foremost, if you have a mole or skin lesion with any of the following features, it’s essential to have it examined by an experienced doctor for early diagnosis and treatment:
Consider whether the lesion:
• Seems atypical
• Changes in size and appearance
• Is asymmetrical
• Is not uniform in colour
• Has ragged edges
You may also want to have normal moles or skin lesions removed if they rub against clothing or get in the way of shaving. Prominent moles or skin lesions may also be removed to improve your appearance.
There are two main ways of dealing with moles surgically which we can offer at Look Amazing, our cosmetic surgery clinic in Bristol. These are excision or shaving. Each has its place depending upon the position of the lesion. We will explain in detail why he would favour one method over the other.
There is no such thing as a small operation and even the most minor of procedures needs thought.
Any wound whether stitched or not will have a dressing. It is usually recommended to keep this dry for a few days.
Frequently asked questions
Mole removal is for anyone with one or more moles on their body or face. Protruding moles for example can become irritated if constantly rubbed by clothes or caught when shaving. Many patients also request mole removal for cosmetic reasons if the removal will enhance their appearance.
Mole and blemish removal will usually leave a small scar. However, any scars will fade dramatically over the first year following the procedure. When a mole is removed, the skin surface is damaged and therefore needs to heal. A scab will form which will usually heal within a couple of weeks as long as it is treated with care. There will then be some inflammation of the area, but this will settle down and disappear within a few weeks. How noticeable a scar is largely depends on the size and location of the mole, but essentially scars are minimal.
Mole removal is a very simple procedure and considered very minor surgery. Thousands of patients have moles and blemishes removed each year without any problems or complications. Before the procedure takes place, your surgeon will discuss any risks involved and the best treatment that suits your circumstances and the mole or blemishes in question. Your surgeon will explain the entire procedure from start to finish together with any after-care that may be required.
Mole removal is considered minor surgery and therefore recuperation time is short. You may feel a little localised discomfort which can easily be relieved with painkillers. This discomfort should disappear after a couple of days, but your surgeon will discuss what to do should you have any discomfort or swelling that doesn’t disappear after a few days
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