Mole Removal – all your questions answered
10 June 2022

Non-Surgical Mole Removal is Safe, Quick and Available to All

 

What are moles?

Moles (or naevi) is a collective term for most skin blemishes or lumps that are most times present from birth or develop as we age. They could be flat, raised, skin-coloured, or dark. Most of them are harmless but if any changing colour or shape of the moles is noted, a doctor or dermatologist should examine you as soon as possible.

Can moles be removed through the NHS?

Now deemed to be a cosmetic procedure, it is not possible to have benign moles removed through the NHS in the UK. It is important to always seek advice from your GP or doctor prior to reaching out to a dermatologist or an advanced local skin clinic such as BeauSynergy Skin Clinic in Hertfordshire. Any recognised and reputable skin clinic would ask for a doctor’s referral letter or note stating that the mole is benign and therefore ok to have treated and removed.

What is a benign mole?

They are non-cancerous growths, such as moles, no the skin. These are known as melanocytes. These melanocytes cause skin discolouration and skin pigmentation. This is commonly called a suntan.

Who is mole removal treatment for?

Mole removal treatment is for anybody concerned about one or more moles on their face or body. For example, protruding moles can be irritating if constantly rubbed by clothes or caught when shaving. Some patients also request mole removal for cosmetic reasons if they feel the removal will improve their appearance. Recognised skin clinics will have successfully treated benign moles on men, women and trans. All areas of the body can be treated for mole removal, including hands, back, chest, scalp, head, face, groin, feet, legs, underarms, chest, and bottom.

How old and at what age can someone be treated for moles?

Children from 6 years upwards can be treated if they have the appropriate letter from a doctor. So, children of seven years, eight years, nine years, and 10 years upwards are fine for mole removal.

Who should have moles removed?

People who have a cosmetic mole that is unsightly or irritating; a suspicious mole that changes in size, shape, or colour and/or itches and bleeds. Sometimes a mole must be removed because there is a risk it might or has become cancerous.

Are moles removed with laser?

It is not advisable nowadays to use laser to remove benign moles. A consultation at a recognised skin clinic will determine which procedure would work best on the mole, or moles, which need treating. Moles are generally non-surgically removed by using CryoPen, Cryotherapy, Thermavein or Fibroblast Plasma Pen.

What is Cryotherapy Freezing of moles?

Cryotherapy is a process of removing lesions using liquid nitrogen. The spray of liquid nitrogen is applied to the region of the mole for a matter of seconds. The deep freezing will cause a sensation of coldness, but it is generally very bearable and only lasts a matter of seconds. A “double-freeze thaw” is sometimes needed, especially for the larger moles. This involves a second application of liquid nitrogen spray.

What are the risks associated with removing moles?

Fortunately, the risks are exceptionally low. The procedure is safe and simple. However, with any cosmetic procedure, you should adhere to the detailed instructions given to you by the skin technician or dermatologist.

Is mole removal painful?

No! Some of the procedure options, do require a small amount of local anaesthetic. With any of the procedures, there is minimal pain or discomfort.

How long does mole excision take?

A non-surgical mole removal of benign moles can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the size and depth of the mole.

How long should a mole bleed after removal?

There should be no-bleeding with the non-surgical removal of moles, if performed correctly by a skin technician or dermatologist. If bleeding does occur, it will not last more than 20 minutes. If it does persist, one should consult a doctor.

What will the skin look like after treatment?

Once the mole is gone, a small red mark may be seen at the place where the mole was treated. A small amount of a suggested ointment can be applied, along with a dressing. This can be removed later. A red mark then forms a scab over the following few days before falling off. This leaves a smooth piece of new skin.

Do moles grow back after removal?

Moles do not grow back, once they have been completely removed

Can ibuprofen be taken after mole removal?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen (Advil®) or naproxen (Aleve®), should not be taken unless stated otherwise by your GP. These formulations make blood clotting difficult, which may increase bleeding.

Can I drink alcohol after mole removal?

Drinks such as alcohol and caffeine should be avoided for 24 hours after surgery.

Can I wash my face after mole removal?

You can wash normally with a mild face wash after the first 24 hours and apply a Vaseline to keep the area moist for a few days. However, you should avoid vigorous exercise or work out for the first 24-hours

How long does a mole removal scar take to heal?

The scar produced by a mole removal takes at least two to three weeks to heal.

5 Things to Avoid After Mole Removal

  • Shaving at/near the site.
  • Stressful activities.
  • Using skin cleansers, peroxide, or other irritants.
  • Prolonged exposure to water.
  • Medications that may cause bleeding.

 

For your professional mole removal procedure, contact us today at BeauSynergy Cosmetic Skin Clinic. At our practice, we generally use Fibroblast Plasma Pen to remove moles. Our experienced team will be available to meet with you and discuss your options. The process may involve up to three treatments, depending on how the mole reacts to treatment. Once the mole has fallen off, it will not grow back again, and your hopes will have been achieved successfully.

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