Moles are small patches usually brown or black in colour that form on the skin. They are caused by skin cells that form in clusters, called, 'melanocytes', which produce the colour or pigment in your skin. They can be flat or raised and some even have hair growing from them. They are usually a circular or oval shape.

It's important to remember that most moles are harmless. However, sometimes they can develop into a form of skin cancer called, 'malignant melanoma'. If you notice new moles or existing moles that have changed shape, colour, size, height, or if they become irritated or start bleeding, then it's important you go to your GP immediately to get them checked.

The NHS have cut back on many services in recent years, including mole removal treatments. The current guidelines are a mole which is of concern to the patient for purely cosmetic reasons will not be removed and is deemed a, 'Low Clinical Value' treatment. Of course, moles which are suspicious-looking will still be removed by the NHS, but the waiting time can be several weeks, typically ten to twelve, with up to two extra for the biopsy results to be returned.

More and more patients are coming directly to sk:n to have troublesome moles removed which are no longer eligible on the NHS. To put your mind at ease, we'll also biopsy all pigmented moles and have the results for you in about a week.

If you have lots of moles you can prevent them from becoming cancerous by protecting yourself in the sun. Avoiding overexposure to UV rays can reduce your chances of developing melanoma. Use a moisturiser containing a high SPF, such as sk:n Moisturiser with SPF, 365 days a year.

I can't believe how quick and easy sk:n make it to have your moles checked and removed.


If you've got a mole that you're worried about, want an annual mole check-up or even want a mole removed for cosmetic reasons then you can book in to see one of our highly qualified and experienced dermatologists.

At sk:n we offer three options for mole removal; laser, excision and shave. Laser mole removal is used on smaller moles and uses thermal energy to break the mole down. Shave and excision mole removal involves cutting or 'shaving' the mole from the skin. These procedures are all carried out under a local anaesthetic, and are relatively straightforward and painless.


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