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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 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.
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.
- 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.