Mole Clinic

What is a Mole:

Firstly, moles are very common. You can be born with them or develop them as any age. The are a cluster of pigmented cells beneath the skin which gives the appearance of a dark spot or bump on the skin.

The problem:

The main worry with moles is that sometimes they may develop into a form of skin cancer so called melanoma. This form of skin cancer can be fatal, is best spotted early.

Who’s at risk?
  • If you have many moles over your body, this is an indication of susceptibility.
  • Those who have a family history of Melanoma.
  • Moles that change, itch or crack or bleed for no reason.
  • Moles that become raised or change colour for no reason
  • New moles that develop on or around and existing mole
  • All of the above are indicators that a professional opinion should be sought.
Treatment:

Your Mole can be assesses by one of our Consultant Plastic Surgeons and if necessary removed by a short surgical procedure with local anaesthetic. This will take around 30 minutes.

After treatment:
  • The small skin incision is likely to cause you some minor discomfort for a day or so but can be managed easily with simple pain relief 
  • It is likely that you will have a few skin stitches that will need to be removed 7 – 10 days after the procedure.
  • The mole will be sent to a specialist laboratory for testing and when you return to have your stitches removed we will be able to give you the results.