Cosmetic mole removal

What is a mole?

Moles are flat or raised blemishes of various shapes, sizes and colours and are often commonly seen on the body or face. Most moles are harmless although it is important to ensure a doctor examines any mole that changes shape, colour or starts to irritate.

Moles are very common and for some people they can have an effect on self-confidence, especially if the mole is on the face or other parts of the body where they can be seen. Moles can be removed through a simple operation.

What does this involve?

A mole removal operation is usually carried out under local anaesthetic as a day case. The exact technique used for removing the mole depends on factors such as its condition, size and location.

Most moles are removed with a scalpel and the wound closed with stitches. Some moles may be shaved down to the level of the surrounding skin and some may be frozen off with cold liquid nitrogen gas or destroyed with a precision high-energy laser.

The operation will usually leave a scar although how big and noticeable this is will be depends on the exact operation, these will fade over time. It's quite normal for a scab to develop immediately after the operation and this will generally heal within a week or two.

When will I recover?

You will be able to go home the same day and be able to return to normal life immediately.

What risks should I know about?

Mole removal procedures are routinely done in their thousands each year with no notable problems or complications.