What is a Mole?
Various types of growths on the skin are thought of as being moles. They are exceedingly common as the average person has between ten and forty moles somewhere on their body by the time they are adults. We call something a mole when the melanocytes producing pigment for your skin cells send it in a cluster rather than spreading out normally across the surface of the skin. A mole may become raised or stay flat and can range in colour anywhere from pink through to black.
Most moles are harmless and stay that way throughout our life. However, new moles appearing after we reach the age of thirty or changes to shape, size or colour of an existing mole, should be checked for signs of skin cancer. If your mole becomes itchy, painful, or starts to bleed for no reason then this also could be a sign to get it checked out.
Can I request Mole Removal for purely aesthetic reasons?
More often than not, those who want us to take a look at their moles are asking if it is possible to remove them for aesthetic reasons. Medi+Care does, after all, have specialist treatment centres in various parts of London, such as W1, Wimbledon and NW London, for aesthetic treatments.
Moles can be seen as blemishes on otherwise perfect skin and we don’t have to feel bad about the way we look if it is something that can easily be remedied.
What choices of Mole Removal Treatment are possible?
There are quite a few different mole removal creams available on the market today that can be purchased without a prescription from your GP. Unfortunately these have been known to cause skin damage and are not recommended for this reason.
If a mole needs to be removed for medical examination to determine whether there are signs of cancer then a surgical procedure would need to be carried out. Basic excision along with cauterization using electrolysis for controlling bleeding would be recommended unless deeper cuts were necessary that would require stitches.
However, for most cosmetic purposes, laser or cryogenic treatments would prove simpler and completely effective. Since both of these result in destroying the mole cells they could not be recommended where there was a requirement for medical diagnostic work to determine malignancy.
Will it hurt?
A cryotherapy treatment for mole removal usually only lasts between ten and thirty seconds. Using a special spray gun, our highly trained doctor will apply liquid nitrogen to the mole. Anesthesia is not usually required, however, if you are highly pain-sensitive, we recommend you take one of your preferred analgesics at least an hour before the session to reduce pain.
What happens then?
It is usual for the surrounding skin area to become swollen or show some redness because of a rush of blood to the area for healing. The mole will become discoloured and eventually fall away. Quite often a blood blister forms that can be burst using a sterilised needle. The area should immediately be covered with a plaster to prevent infection. New skin should appear within a 4 to 7 day period and any signs of where your mole once was will soon have vanished and replaced by healthy looking skin with a normal pigmentation.