At Canova Medical, we understand that having a raised mole can be a source of concern for many people. Raised moles can be unsightly, and in some cases, they can cause discomfort or irritation. As a leading clinic for raised mole removal, we are here to help you understand whether removing your raised mole is the right choice for you.
What are Raised Moles?
Raised moles, also known as dermal moles, are moles that grow above the skin’s surface. These moles can be a variety of colours, including brown, black, pink, or red. Some raised moles may have hair growing from them, and they can range in size from a pinhead to a pencil rubber.
Why Consider Removing a Raised Mole?
There are several reasons why you might want to consider removing a raised mole:
- Cosmetic reasons: If a raised mole is in a prominent location or is particularly large, it can be a source of self-consciousness. For instance, having a raised mole on the face or neck may make one feel self-conscious about their appearance, affecting their confidence level. However, mole removal can help to boost self-esteem and confidence, helping individuals feel better about their appearance.
- Discomfort: Raised moles can catch on clothing or jewellery, causing irritation or pain. This discomfort can be particularly acute if the raised mole is located in an area where it is frequently rubbed against clothing or jewellery. In such cases, mole removal can alleviate the discomfort, helping individuals to feel more comfortable and free from pain.
- Suspicion of malignancy: Although most raised moles are benign, any mole that changes in size, shape, or colour should be evaluated by a medical professional. Suspicion of malignancy is another reason why one may consider mole removal. It is always important to have a qualified medical professional evaluate the mole to rule out any malignancy or cancer. If the mole is found to be cancerous or potentially cancerous, removal may be necessary to prevent it from spreading.
How are Raised Moles Removed?
At Canova Medical, we offer several different methods of raised mole removal, including:
- Surgical excision: This involves numbing the area around the mole with a local anaesthetic. After the area is numbed, the mole is removed using a scalpel or a punch biopsy tool. The area is then stitched up with dissolvable stitches, and a dressing is applied. This procedure is usually quick and easy, and you can usually go home on the same day.
- Cryotherapy: It involves freezing the mole with liquid nitrogen. This freezing causes the mole cells to die and eventually blister and fall off. Cryotherapy is a relatively quick and painless procedure, and it is ideal for removing small, raised moles.
- Cauterization: It means the doctor will burn off the mole with an electrical current. During the procedure, a small electrical charge is applied to the mole, burning it off. This method is ideal for removing small raised moles, and it is quick and relatively painless.
The method used will depend on the size, location, and type of mole you have.
Benefits of Choosing a CQC-Registered Clinic
Canova Medical is a registered clinic with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which means we meet the highest standards of patient care and safety. Choosing a CQC-registered clinic gives you peace of mind that you are receiving safe, high-quality care from qualified professionals.
The Care Quality Commission (CQC) is an independent regulator of health and social care services in England. The commission’s role is to ensure that health and social care services are safe, effective, and of high quality. For a patient, choosing a clinic that is registered with the CQC is a smart move. It means that the clinic has met the commission’s rigorous standards for patient care, safety, and quality. Clinics that are registered with the CQC are required to meet strict criteria, including having appropriately trained staff, proper facilities, and up-to-date equipment.
What’s the Next Step?
If you are considering raised mole removal, the first step is to schedule a consultation with Dr Apostolos Vlachogiorgos, our experienced consultant plastic surgeon. During your consultation, Dr Vlachogiorgos will evaluate your mole and recommend the best course of treatment for you.
Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeon, Dr Apostolos Vlachogiorgos MD MSc, will perform your mole removal procedure in our clinic.
He has a special interest in Aesthetic Surgery and has worked for many years at the Christie Hospital in Manchester, where he has gained massive experience in Complex Skin Cancer Surgery. Over the last few years, he has also performed a great number of minor cosmetic surgeries, including mole removal, cysts, lipomas and keloids.
Dr Vlachogiorgos has a rich academic background, with a series of publications and active participation in International Plastic Surgery conferences, while he remains a Lecturer at the Queen Mary University of London.
He is known amongst his patients for his holistic and detailed consultations, his perfectionism, and his precision.
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