Non-Surgical Mole Removal is Safe, Quick, and Available to All

What Are Moles?

Moles (or naevi) is a collective term for most skin blemishes or lumps that are usually present from birth. They could be flat, raised, skin-coloured, or dark. Most of them are harmless but if any changing colour or shape of the moles is noted, a doctor or dermatologist should examine you as soon as possible. It should be noted that only 10% of all skin cancers develop in existing moles. 

Can Moles Be Removed Through The NHS?

Now deemed to be a cosmetic procedure, it is not possible to have benign moles removed through the NHS in the UK. It is important to always seek advice from your GP or doctor prior to reaching out to a dermatologist or an advanced local skin clinic such as Skin by Dr Caroline Advanced Skin and Aesthetic Clinic in Hertfordshire. We can remove moles once we receive a doctors note stating that the lesion is benign. 

What Is A Benign Mole?

They are non-cancerous growths on the skin. These are due to activated melanocytes. These melanocytes cause skin discolouration and skin pigmentation. This is commonly called a suntan but when hyper-activated, can result in a surface lesion called a mole. 

Who Is Suitable For Mole Removal Treatment?

Mole removal treatment is for anybody concerned about one or more moles on their face or body. For example, protruding moles can be irritating if constantly rubbed by clothes or caught when shaving. Some patients also request mole removal for cosmetic reasons if they feel the removal will improve their appearance. All areas of the body can be treated for mole removal, including hands, back, chest, scalp, head, face, groin, feet, legs, underarms, and chest. 

How Old And At What Age Can Someone Be Treated For Moles?

Children from 6 years upwards can be treated if they have the appropriate letter from a doctor. 

Who Should Have Moles Removed?

People who have a cosmetic mole that is unsightly or irritating; a suspicious mole that changes in size, shape, or colour and/or itches and bleeds. Sometimes a mole must be removed because there is a risk it might or has become cancerous. This would be removed by a dermatologist, not in a high street skin clinic. 

Are Moles Removed With Laser?

It is not advisable to use laser to remove benign moles. A consultation at a skin clinic will determine which procedure would work best on your mole.  Moles are generally non-surgically removed by using CryoPen, Cryotherapy, Thermavein or Fibroblast Plasma Pen.

What Is Cryotherapy Freezing Of Moles?

Cryotherapy is a process of removing lesions using liquid nitrogen. The spray of liquid nitrogen is applied to the region of the mole for a matter of seconds. The deep freezing will cause a sensation of coldness, but it is generally very bearable. A “double-freeze thaw” is sometimes needed, especially for the larger moles. This involves a second application of liquid nitrogen spray. These lesions often heal over a few weeks, first blistering, then going dry and crusty, and falling off. Moles often require 3-4 treatments to successfully remove them. 

What Are The Risks Associated With Removing Moles?

Fortunately, the risks are exceptionally low. The procedure is safe and simple. However, with any cosmetic procedure, you should adhere to the detailed instructions given to you by the skin technician. The greatest risk is a change in pigmentation in the area treated post-treatment, but this will usually return to normal in 3-4 months. 

Is Mole Removal Painful?

No! Some of the procedure options do require a small amount of topical anaesthetic. With any of our procedures, there is minimal pain or discomfort.

How Long Does Mole Removal Take?

A non-surgical treatment of benign moles can take up to 30 minutes, depending on the size and position of the mole.

How Long Should A Mole Bleed After Removal?

There should be no bleeding with our non-surgical removal of moles, if performed correctly by a skin therapist. 

What Will The Skin Look Like After Treatment?

After treatment, it is common for the area to feel itchy for the first 30-60 minutes, and it may blister as it heals. Once the mole is gone, a small red mark may be seen at the place where the mole was treated. This is new healing skin, and the pigmentation will usually return to normal in 3-4 months.

Do Moles Grow Back After Removal?

Moles do not grow back once they have been completely removed.

Can Ibuprofen Be Taken After Mole Removal?

Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) such as ibuprofen or naproxen should not be taken unless stated otherwise by your GP. These formulations make blood clotting difficult, which may increase your risk of bleeding.

Can I Drink Alcohol After Mole Removal?

Drinks such as alcohol and caffeine should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment.

Can I Wash My Face After Mole Removal?

You can wash normally with a mild face wash after the first 24 hours and apply a Vaseline to keep the area moist for a few days. However, you should avoid vigorous exercise or work out for the first 24 hours.

How Long Does A Mole Removal Scar Take To Heal?

The blister produced by a mole removal takes at least two to three weeks to heal. The change in skin tone afterwards will usually heal over 3-4 months. 

5 Things To Avoid After Mole Removal

  • Shaving at/near the site.
  • Stressful activities.
  • Using skin cleansers, peroxide, or other irritants.
  • Prolonged exposure to water.
  • Medications that may cause bleeding.

For your professional mole removal procedure, contact us at Skin by Dr Caroline Advanced Aesthetics and Skin Clinic. At our clinic, we generally use the Cryopen to remove moles. Our experienced team will be happy to discuss your options. The process may involve up to three treatments, depending on how the mole responds. Once the mole has fallen off, it will not grow back again.

Call us on 01707 662477 to schedule your consultation now (remember to get a GP note first)

  1. Dylan Forsyth 07930882658 says:

    Hi. I have been to you for various treatments. My 23 year old son has a mole on his face he would like removed and has couple on his back too. He also has a few red cherry angiomas he would like removed.

    Please contact Dylan Forsyth (I am Andrea Forsyth)

  2. Virginie B. says:

    Could you please explain why you mentioned:
    “It is not advisable to use laser to remove benign moles”. Is the Accor plasma pen safe for moles removal?

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