At The London Dermatology CentreTM we offer full skin assessment for the detection of abnormal moles and provide advice on treatment at our specialist clinic. Recognising that prevention is the best cure, we also advise on personal skin care so that further skin conditions can be avoided. We are able toremove any moles that look suspicious or malignant. In most cases, we can do this all on the same day, before then organising a pathological examination under the microscope with a report being issued the next day. We are also able to remove moles for cosmetic reasons by using a number of different techniques.
Dermatologists are the best qualified medical practitioners to detect the clinical signs of moles which may have developed into a melanoma or look suspicious. The advent of the dermatoscope (an illuminated hand-held lens with magnification) increases the clinical diagnostic ability of the dermatologist.
Once your skin has been assessed, your specialist will then tell you of the most appropriate skin surveillance follow-up programme tailored to your skin type and clinical risk. Sun protection and avoidance advice will be given as well as discussing the role of sunblocks.
Mole mapping is a relatively new concept which involves taking top to toe photos of the body. The system uses a specialised magnified camera lens which enables the practitioner to zoom into the suspicious mole to check for abnormalities in appearance. We recommend anyone with moles has a yearly check up to assess mole changes and new moles.
However there is also no system better than the expertly trained dermatologist eye for clinically diagnosing melanoma. The mole mapping treatment is simply a supportive tool which dermatologists use to help keep a record of patient skin changes. We therefore offer mole mapping photography as a baseline to allow comparison in the future if you think one of your moles has changed. You should inform the dermatologist if there is any recent change in colour, size, texture and shape of your lesions. We recommend that you regularly attend mole checks at a clinic so that early treatment can be provided if needed.
A choice of mole treatment options are available, and at our clinic we offer those with the highest success rate. Treatment is quick, and in most cases you can resume normal activities straight away. Prior to all our skin mole treatment procedures, a topical or local anaesthetic will be administered to the affected area. This avoids any discomfort being felt during the procedure, whilst mild discomfort is sometimes felt after treatment once the anaesthetic has worn off. After some skin mole treatments you may be required to return to the clinic for removal of stitches. The risks of infection, bleeding and scarring after mole removal treatment are very low.
Mole removal procedures we offer at our London clinic include:
This procedure involves removing the mole using a dermablade and takes around 20 minutes. The wound will sometimes require cauterisation to stop any bleeding and to tidy it up; however, no stitches are usually needed and the wound takes approximately 1-2 weeks to heal. A small, superficial scar is left behind after treatment.
Ellipse excision goes deeper and removes the mole more completely. The resulting wound requires stitches which can be either dissolvable or non-dissolvable depending on the site of mole removal. The treatment takes about 20 minutes. Generally, it is a method to remove deep moles and cysts.
A hyfrecator is a low-powered device used in electrosurgery, which removes moles in just a few minutes by destroying tissue. This treatment is usually used to remove small moles. The hyfrecater is also used to stop bleeding during minor surgery. Just a small superficial wound is left after mole removal.
After treatment, we send the mole to a laboratory to analyse if there are any abnormal cells. Sometimes moles can look normal, while abnormal cells are present lower in the skin. If these are detected early on, this can significantly improve the success of treatment. We advise on regular mole checks for any moles that are not removed.
During your initial consultation, your Dermatologist will examine your mole or moles closely. They will ask you if you have seen any changes to the shape, colour or size since you first noticed them.
They may do further testing on any unusual looking moles, as well as offering you home care advice on how best to look after them, such as always ensuring you are using sun protection.
Your Dermatologist will then recommend the best treatment plan for your mole, which may include removal, or they may ask you to keep an eye on the affected area and book another appointment if you see any changes. This will of course depend on your goals for treatment and whether you want moles removed for cosmetic reasons or if you simply want them checked to ensure your skin is healthy. Either way, your consultant will ensure that you are directed in the best possible way for your health and make sure they treat or remove any unsafe moles.
Small freckles/ moles on the skin are very common and are normally nothing to worry about. However it’s always best to get them checked out by a professional, particularly large ones or if you notice any changes to the size, shape or colour of them.
If you are worried about any of your moles, however large or small, please do book an appointment with one of our specialists, who will be able to put your mind at rest.
While you are waiting for your appointment, we would advise you to keep any affected areas out of the sun.
To be seen by a dermatologist who specialises in mole removal and has conducted many successful treatments, contact The London Dermatology Centre today on +44 (020)7 467 3720.
At our specialist mole removal clinic in London, we use the latest techniques to ensure that any scarring from mole removal treatment is minimal. Your doctor will assess your skin and offer the best available treatment. Our dermatologists also offer a high quality of post operative care and will advise on the best scar reduction gels to use following treatment. For more information on our mole removal service, you can email us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will respond to your enquiry as soon as possible.