At the Cambridge Clinic, we can both assess and remove moles. Although most moles are harmless, it’s important to get them checked by a professional Dermatologist, particularly if they are large or abnormal in their shape or colour. Our team have many years of experience treating and examining moles, meaning they can give you an accurate diagnosis.
Whether you are concerned about the appearance of a mole and want it removed for cosmetic reasons, or you are worried that a mole you have may be harmful, we can help. We have many treatment options available for fading and removing moles and can even help with reducing any scars left behind after removal.
Your Dermatologist at the Cambridge Clinic will be able to assess your mole to see if it looks suspicious and check it for any signs that it may be developing into Melanoma. They can look at it closely with a specialist magnifying glass (called a dermatoscope). They can also use mole mapping, where they take photos of moles on the body using a magnified camera so they can zoom in and look extremely closely at them, to see their exact shape. They can also compare these photos between visits to check for any changes. We would always recommend that you have your moles checked at least every year.
We also sometimes send moles off for analysis after they have been removed, to check for any cancerous or abnormal cells.
As well as checking and assessing your moles, we can also remove them, either to eliminate the risk of it developing Melanoma or if the appearance of your mole is causing you distress. We offer the following mole removal procedures:
Shave excision – this is a short procedure in which the mole is removed from the skin using a Dermablade. It normally does not need any stitches and heals in a couple of weeks, leaving a small scar.
Ellipse excision – this procedure goes slightly deeper below the skin and removes more of the mole, which is a particularly effective treatment if the development of Melanoma is a concern. It requires stitches and is often used for cysts and deeper moles.
Hyfrecator treatment – this uses a low-powered device to destroy the mole tissue and remove it. It leaves a small wound after removal and is usually best used on smaller moles.
Sometimes after a mole is removed, it is sent off to be analysed so it can be checked for any abnormalities. Even if a mole looks normal on the skin, there could be abnormal cells underneath. If these are found early, it greatly increases the chance of successful treatment.
As well as removing and reducing the appearance of moles, our Dermatologists are also able to treat any scars which may be left behind. We can treat these with laser treatment or prescribe topical creams for fading the scar.
When you’re dealing with moles, getting them checked by one of our Dermatologists is vital. Our team have years of experience dealing with patients and assessing/ removing moles. This means they can very accurately diagnose whether a mole is abnormal and what kind of treatment it requires.
We have some of the best equipment available for removing moles safely, so you can rest assured you are in good hands. We can help with reducing the appearance of your mole, if that is your primary concern, or we can simply examine your mole(s) to check they are safe left untreated.
We offer a variety of removal and treatment options and can advise you of the best one for you, depending on your individual circumstances.
Although small moles/ freckles on the skin are very common and are usually harmless, it’s always best to get them checked by a professional. Even if you think they look fine, it is hard to tell and you are likely to miss something that a Dermatologist could pick up on. We would always recommend getting any moles checked by a medical professional.
Your Skin Doctor at the Cambridge Clinic can examine the affected areas with an experienced eye, using specialist equipment. It is particularly important to get any larger moles checked, or if you notice any changes to the shape, colour, or size of existing moles and if new ones appear.
However large or small your mole is, it’s important to get it checked by a Dermatologist at our clinic, who can help to give you peace of mind and refer you for any necessary treatment.
Even if you have seen your GP for a mole, we can offer a second opinion and use our years of specialist knowledge in this area to make an accurate and informed diagnosis. We are also able to offer mole removal, even if the mole is healthy, if you are concerned about the appearance of it.
If you are worried about a mole, please do make an appointment with one of our Dermatologists. While you are waiting for your consultation, we would always advise that you avoid any sun exposure on the affected areas, as this could increase your risk of developing Melanoma.
When you come into our Cambridge Clinic for your initial consultation, your Dermatologist will examine your mole (or moles) closely and they may use a magnifying device to look at the shape of them more closely. They will be able to tell you they look healthy or they may refer you for further tests, if they see any abnormalities.
They will also discuss with you whether you have noticed any changes in the mole and ask you to give details about this, to help with their assessment. You might also be asked if you have experienced any other symptoms, which may be indicative of an abnormality. They also may compare this to other moles on your body, that you might not have noticed. If you have any photos of how your mole has developed over time, please ensure that you bring these with you to your appointment, as they may be helpful.
You will be able to discuss with them your primary reason for visiting the clinic and whether you are concerned about the appearance of your mole. They will then talk you through the treatment options for removal, considering the health of the skin as well as your desired outcome. The treatment that you will receive will depend on its size, location, and type.
Whatever your reason for making an appointment, your Dermatologist will always make sure that they assess and examine your affected areas and remove any unsafe moles.
Your Skin Doctor may advise you to keep your mole out of the sun or to monitor it for any changes and recommend check-ups to keep an eye on it, just in case.
If you have any further questions about your consultation or how we treat moles at the Cambridge Clinic, please to not hesitate to get in touch and we will be glad to answer your questions and give you more information.