Moles found on the face and body are very common and most people aren't that bothered about them, in fact most people don’t even know what they are. Moles are small dark patches on the skin that are formed by cells which produce the colour or pigment in the skin. Most people are born with them and regard them as birthmarks.
- Usually a brownish colour, although some of them might be darker or skin-coloured
- They can look either flat or raised and be either smooth or rough
- Some can have a few hairs growing out of them
- Usually moles are a circular or oval shape with a smooth edge
Moles don't interfere with our daily lives, unless they are placed awkwardly on our face and get in the way of shaving, or body moles which can prove uncomfortable when they catch on our clothing. One of the most important reasons that people enquire about mole removal is because of the small chance of the mole developing into melanoma, which is a dangerous and aggressive form of skin cancer. You should look out for any change in the size or colour of your moles and go to see your doctor straight away if you have one you're worried about, as the earlier you catch it, the quicker you can have it treated.
One of the main ways of preventing cancerous moles from developing is by protecting yourself from the sun. Covering up your skin and wearing sun screen protection is one of the main ways you can help yourself to keep safe.
At Selston Cosmetic Clinic we offer routine mole screening if required using Mole Mate, which is a diagnostic computer system that visualises the pigment and vasculature of the mole, and gives a good indication of what to worry about, or what not to worry about. This screening service, if required, is free and is part of your consultation. At Selston, we only remove moles for cosmetic reasons and if we see any lesion which looks slightly suspicious we would recommend you go back to your GP and they will refer you to hospital.
Radio surgery is Selston Cosmetic Clinic's preferred method of mole removal. We use state of the art technology that produces radio waves which instantly vaporises the moles, resulting in much less scarring. It's a walk in, walk out procedure that's non-invasive and non-surgical.