Almost everyone will have moles on their skin and, for most of us, they are normal and completely harmless. Depending on their size and where they are situated, they may be causing distress or discomfort and they can be safely removed.

Change in size or appearance of a mole are red flag symptoms and it is essential that you make an appointment with a dermatologist to check that the mole is not malignant.

When should I get my moles checked?

You can organise a full skin check at any time and Dr Williams will check your family history and previous sun exposure, followed by a full skin examination.  Any unusual-looking moles or moles that are changing will be examined using a dermatosope and photographed for monitoring.

Can I have my mole removed?

Most moles are harmless but can be removed if they are catching on your clothes or are highly visible or are affecting your self-confidence. If your mole is showing pre-cancerous changes then Dr Williams will advise you have it removed and biopsied. Changes that are a cause for concern include:

  • the appearance of a new mole
  • a mole that has become itchy or red or has started bleeding
  • the edges of the mole have become irregular
  • changes to shape or colour

What does mole removal involve?

The method of removing the mole will depend on its size and where it is located. Typically, Dr Williams will remove the mole through excision performed under local anaesthetic. The incision is then closed with stitches and the scar should fade and flatten over time. Shave removal is when the mole is shaved away with a scalpel and no stitches are required. A raised mole can be removed using cryotherapy.

If you notice any of these changes, it is important to arrange a consultation with an experienced and qualified dermatologist as soon as possible. Call xxx to arrange a consultation with Dr Juliet Williams.