A mole is a coloured spot that is formed from a cluster of pigmented cells. Most moles are harmless however some people choose to have them removed.
When should I have a mole removed?
Most moles can be ignored as they pose no harm. However, some people can be self-conscious about their moles if they are unsightly or if they cause discomfort where they rub against other parts of the body or clothing.
Some moles can also change shape, size or colour. In this case, it is very important to get the mole checked early to ensure that there are no signs of skin cancer.
At The Westbourne Centre we feel early detection is the key to saving lives and we recommend an annual mole screening to ensure that any moles that are abnormal are identified quickly and sent off for further investigation (histology).
How is the mole removed?
There are various methods used to remove a mole whether it just be for aesthetic reasons or because there is an abnormality. The main methods are shaving and excision.
There is also an option to have Mohs surgery should the mole be found to be cancerous. This is a longer process but ensures that all of the cancerous cells are removed in one single sitting. You can read more about the process on our Mohs surgery page.
Your surgeon will discuss the different methods with you and advise you which is most suitable based on your circumstances.
What is the recovery period?
The recovery period is usually minimal. Removing a mole takes place under local anaesthetic meaning that you will go home the same day usually with a protective dressing over the area (which will remain in place for the first few days).
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