Why are moles removed?
People may request for a mole to be removed for cosmetic reasons, or sometimes if they become irritated and inflamed, or rub on clothes. Importantly if a mole changes in appearance, it should be checked by a dermatologist, removed surgically and sent for testing (histology) to exclude any concerning changes.
How can a mole be removed?
There are different methods to remove a mole depending on the history and appearance.
i) Shave excision – for moles that sit proud on the skin, this is a simple procedure that can be performed under local anaesthesia.
ii) Excision – suitable for flat moles, especially if they are changing, so that they can be tested. It involves cutting them out under local anaesthesia
iii) Laser – it is not suitable for all moles but can be employed for moles that are non-changing and look benign.
Therefore a consultation with a dermatologist is essential to evaluate your mole/s and discuss the suitable treatment option.
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