Mole Removal in Dartford
For many of us, moles are harmless, irrelevant patches of colour pigment on our skin. Yet for some, they can cause intense emotional distress and sometimes physical pain when caught on clothing. Although the NHS remain willing to remove moles that are potentially cancerous, they have cut back on enormously on cosmetic mole removal. Due to the fact that sk:n is trusted by the NHS we are now referred to by GPs more than any other skincare provider when dealing with treatments of a “Low Clinical Value”.
Here at sk:n Dartford we provide the most advanced treatments and technology on the market, making it possible for us to remove moles from any part of the body. Our new clinic’s treatment rooms are equipped and regulated to hospital minor-surgery theatre standard.
Seven Reasons Why you should have you mole checked at sk:n:
- It’s changed colour
- It has an uneven or ragged edge
- It is inflamed or painful
- It’s itchy, bleeding or oozing
- It has changed shape and looks different to your other moles
- It’s protruding and causing irritation
- You simply don’t like the look of
“I was referred to sk:n by my GP as the mole on my neck was making me very self-conscious but it wasn’t at risk of being cancerous. I don’t know what I would have done without sk:n, they’ve made me so much more confident and I will definitely return for other treatments.” Gill, Dartford
COME AND MEET US
Our NEW Dartford clinic is located within Dartford David Lloyd Leisure on Darenth Road, Kent. Free parking is available directly outside the clinic and disabled access is also provided. Open until 8pm, the clinic offers accessible and convenient appointments with some of the UK’s leading dermatologists.
c/o David Lloyd Health Club, Darenth Road, Dartford, DA1 1NJ
0121 641 6000
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Frequently asked questions:
What is a mole?
A common mole is a coloured spot on the skin that develops when pigment cells (melanocytes) grow in clusters. The medical term for moles is melanocytic naevi and most adults usually have between 10 and 40 on their body. Although common moles may be present at birth, they usually appear later in childhood and increase during teenage years. During pregnancy moles often get darker and they can fade away completely from around the age of 50.
What causes them?
Moles are sometimes hereditary and people with fair skin often have more moles than people with darker skin. Hormonal changes in the body and exposure to sunlight are known to cause moles.
What does a normal mole look like?
Moles are mostly circular or oval with a smooth edge. There are many different types of moles, including:
- Junctional melanocytic naevi: Usually brown, round and flat.
- Intradermal melanocytic naevi: Usually raised, pale and sometimes hairy.
- Compound melanocytic naevi: Usually raised above the skin, light brown and sometimes hairy.
- Halo naevi: Surrounded by a white ring where the skin has lost its colour.
- Dysplastic or atypical naevi: Unusual looking and slightly larger moles. Can be a range of colours and either flat or bumpy.
- Blue naevi: Dark blue in colour.
How do I know if my mole is normal?
The vast majority of moles are normal and harmless, but sometimes they can develop into malignant melanoma, an extremely serious form of skin cancer. If you notice new moles, or moles that have changed in shape, size, height or colour, or moles that are bleeding or oozing, you should get them checked by a doctor or dermatologist. People who have 50 or more moles are considered more at risk and should have annual checks as standard.
What mole removal options are there?
At sk:n we offer three types of mole removal treatment:
- Laser Removal: Smaller moles can be removed with laser treatment, which uses light energy to break down the mole.
- Shave Removal: Moles that protrude from the skin can simply be shaved away by a medical practitioner under local anaesthetic. This is usually done using a scalpel, but is relatively straightforward and painless. A pink mark may be left, which will fade over time.
- Excision Removal: Other moles can be cut away via an excision. This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic and requires a small stitch in the skin. A small scar will be left, which will fade over time.
Are they safe?
Absolutely. At sk:n you will be in the safest of hands, whichever removal method is selected by you and your doctor. During your initial consultation, your practitioner will explain all possible side effects and how to avoid them. The doctor you see will have spent intensive time treating within the industry and will have trained within the sk:n Academy, where they are tested against strict medical protocols exceeding all regulatory and clinical requirements. We work with some of the UK’s leading doctors and dermatologists and receive more NHS referrals for mole removal than any other skincare provider.
Does removal hurt?
The level of comfort depends on the removal technique recommended. Laser Removal is described as feeling like the flick of an elastic band. For Shave Removal and Excision Removal, the area will be numbed with a local anaesthetic so you won’t feel anything. After treatment the skin left behind may be tender for a few days and will need to be covered. It’s also best to use a strong sunscreen on the area for six months, as it will be more sensitive to sunlight.
Where on my body can I have treatment?
You can have a mole removed from anywhere on your body. Our doctors have years of experience removing moles from faces and sensitive and hard to reach places.
Can I have my mole removed just because I don’t like the look of it?
Of course, unless your doctor feels there is a medical reason not to remove your mole. Unlike the NHS, who will only remove moles if they are potentially dangerous, at sk:n we are used to removing moles for cosmetic reasons.
Will the mole grow back?
There is a very small chance that your mole might reoccur after having it removed, as a few mole cells may remain in the skin. If this is the case, we will book you in for another treatment. Usually, however, you will find that one visit is enough.