Glasgow’s Leading Mole Removal Clinic
It is however, essential to understand the following:
- Removal should be carried out by a doctor.
- Moles can be removed from any areas. Depending on the area affected, you may need to be referred to a doctor with a sub-speciality.
- You will be provided with a full explanation of the proposed procedure and follow-up arrangements.
- It is normal to send the tissue that has been removed for histology to confirm that it is not sinister.
- Mole removal leaves a small wound which requires after care. you will be provided with all the relevant information.
- There may occasionally be a need for a further procedure or follow up.
- Mole removal will leave a small scar.
- Depending on the size and shape of the mole, different treatment options may be considered to remove it:
- If small, laser removal may be a suitable option.
- Shave removal is effective when the mole protrudes from the skin surface.
- Excision involves removal of the mole with the addition of a small piece of skin surrounding the mole. This will include skin closure using stitches which are left in place for 5-10 days.
Prices for mole removal start from £150
Additional cost may be required for laboratory assessment – this is a requirement if there is any suspicious changes in an excised mole.
Facts and Questions About Moles
Points of note about moles
The average caucasion has between 10 and 30 moles
It is unusual to develop new moles after 40yrs
The number of moles a patient has may increase following sun exposure, pregnancy or immune-suppressionMoles are problematic for 2 main reasons:
- They can affect self-confidence due to being considered unsightly or ugly
- They can cause worry or fear of skin cancer
No matter which way a mole affects our patients, we are on hand to help.
There is actually a huge array of different types of moles and they can affect the skin, nail-beds or even the back of the eye!
Using clinical examination and state-of-the-art ‘dermoscopy’, we can assess your mole and advise you on the options.
Ultimately, there are two main choices
- Keep it (with advice on how to monitor it)
- Lose it – effectively this will mean getting it cut off or cut out depending on the type of mole.
Actually, there are a few more options, including:
Taking a small piece (a biopsy) to have it analysed at a regional histopathology lab. This will be a fairly common occurrence, and is always done to be sure that the whole mole doesn’t require removal.
Referral to a regional dermatology clinic. This will be quite uncommon, and in fact will relate more to the region of the body affected rather than the mole itself.
Why are mole checks important?
Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer and, while it can occur in any skin type, is much more common in fair skin-types.
Approximately 13500 people are diagnosed with melanoma in the UK every year, making it the 5th most common cancer in males (7th in females). The incidence rises as we get older but it is also the 2nd commonest cancer under 50yrs.
The biggest risk factor for melanoma is ultraviolet (UV) exposure which includes sunlight and sunbeds.
It is strongly linked with suffering ‘sun-burn’ in the early years.
People with fair skin who live, or have lived, in sunny climates have a higher risk.
Australia has led the way in terms of sun-protection and have been promoting the slogan “Slip, slop, slap!” for many years. This public health program entails slipping on a shirt, slopping on sunscreen and slapping on a hat.
Maybe we should follow suit?
Survival rates from melanoma are much higher if this cancer is diagnosed and treated earlier.
Consider the “ABCDE” of moles:-
- Evolution or enlargement
It is additionally worth considering the ‘ugly duckling’ sign which is based on the fact that moles in the same individual tend to resemble one another, and that melanomas often deviate from this pattern.
If in doubt about any new or existing mole, consult your doctor soon. They will be happy to check it for you and will refer you to a dermatologist if there are any concerning features.
Price for mole check £50