Moles are small clusters of coloured skin cells which can form anywhere on the human body. they are usually harmless and people can live with them without any complications. However, occasionally, they can be a sign of cancer. So if a mole on your body looks suspicious to a Dermatologist, it should removed for immediate examination under a microscope (histology), to eliminate the risk skin cancer and it developing further.

We recommend you seek professional attention for any of your moles if you notice one or more of the following symptoms:

  • it has changed/is changing colour
  • it has changed/is changing shape and size 
  • it is inflamed; it is itchy or painful
  •  it is protruding or causing irritation (for example, it’s catching on clothing).

Your Dermatologist will proceed with a mole removal for any of the following reasons: 

  • the mole is dangerous and needs to be removed for precise identification (histology) and treatment to eliminate the risk of cancer
  • the mole is considered potentially dangerous and you would rather eliminate the risk now than continue monitoring it and having regular check-ups
  • the mole is protruding and is easily irritated by clothing (for example, catching on bras, belts etc)
  • the mole is aesthetically unappealing and you would like it removed.

Our team of leading Dermatologists at the Cadogan Clinic offers the best mole-removal service in London. Our Mole Check service is the only one in the UK that guarantees results within a few days. In cases where your consultant feels that it is appropriate to proceed with immediate treatment, our innovative See & Treat service provides instant removal where one of our consultants will use the very latest procedures and technologies to ensure your mole is removed with maximum comfort for you, as well as a swift recovery time and minimal scarring.

Frequently Asked Questions

After a mole removal treatment you may find that the area treated is a little bit red and sore for a week and may require a dressing. If you have had any sutures or a dressing, you will need to return to the clinic after a week for a suture removal and/or a change of dressing. Your doctor will advise you to keep the area out of sunlight and to use a high SPF sunscreen on the area for about six months to avoid scarring.

We have some of the best dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the UK, as well as our mole mapping system, rapid diagnostic services including 24 hour histology results and our “see and treat” service for mole removal. You are guaranteed that Cadogan Clinicis the best choice for accurate and quick diagnosis and treatment.

Our doctors at Cadogan Clinic include experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons who will do their utmost to ensure minimal scarring following your mole removal. This will depend on your skin type, how your skin is at healing and the size and location of the lesion.

Following a mole check and consultation, your consultant may recommend a surgical excision for mole removal. In this procedure, the area will be numbed with local anaesthetic by your plastic surgeon or doctor and then an incision is made, the mole is removed and the skin is stitched together again. The lesions may be sent off to the diagnostic lab for histopathology if requested by the doctor and results return within 24 hours.

Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the UK but the good news is that if the signs and symptoms are spotted early it will be much easier to treat. If you have moles on your face and body, it’s a good idea to keep a check on them and monitor any changes for your own peace of mind. At Cadogan Cosmetics we have some of the best dermatologists and plastic surgeons in the country as well as our mole mapping system, rapid diagnostic services including 24 hour histology results and our “see and treat” service for mole removal.

Most people have moles which remain perfectly fine throughout their lifetime but if you notice signs that a mole has changed in any way, it is wise to go and have it checked by a dermatologist or doctor during a mole check to make sure it is not cancerous. This kind of skin cancer includes melanomas, basal cell carcinomas, and squamous cell carcinomas. Moles can also be precancerous lesions, changes that are not cancer but could become cancer over time. The good news is that skin cancer can be cured if it’s found and treated early. Contact the Mole Clinic at Cadogan Cosmetics for more information.

Bleeding moles can occur when they have been irritated or scratched – moles catching on clothing, being cut by a razor, makeup application, scratching an insect bite and hair removal are all very common triggers. However, a more serious concern for a bleeding mole is skin cancer.
There are definite signs that a mole could be a melanoma and individuals should seek immediate advice from a dermatologist. If you have a new mole or a change in your moles such as bleeding, changes in shape, size or colour, itchy or painful moles- it's imperative that you seek medical advice at the earliest possible stage.

Consumers should be vigilant in having moles checked annually or as advised by your dermatologist if you have a history of previously abnormal naevi (moles) or skin cancer. An early diagnosis is crucial in managing this potentially life-threatening disease; skin cancer which is detected and removed early is almost always curable. Just the tiniest of change in a mole is a sign to visit your dermatologist for a Mole Check.
The Cadogan Clinic offers a revolutionary Mole Package service which includes a mole and lesion check, removal and rapid histology results and advice. With a team of industry-leading consultants using the most cutting-edge techniques at the state-of-the-art facility, Cadogan Clinic's Mole Check is the only service of its kind to be approved by the British Skin Foundation.

The most effective way of monitoring moles at home is by regularly following the ABCDE rule. This is an excellent way of supporting annual mole checks with a medical professional. If you notice any of the signs below you should immediately seek medical advice.

A – Asymmetry Where one half of the mole does not match the other
B – Border Check the outline of your mole – a melanoma may have edges that are ragged, notched, blurred or irregular, plus the pigment may have spread into surrounding skin.
- Colour Is the colour uneven? You might see shades of black, brown and tan, or areas of white grey, red, pink or blue
- Diameter – Do you see a change in the size of your mole? Has it increased? Typically, melanomas are at least 6mm in diameter – (same size as the end of a pencil)
E – Evolving – Does the mole look different from the others and / or is changing in size, colour or shape?

Often people choose to remove moles for purely cosmetic reasons, especially if they are moles on the face which can make a person feel self-conscious. Our experienced doctors at Cadogan Cosmetics include highly-experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons who will remove moles whilst leaving minimal scarring on your face.

We use a variant of the general anaesthesia technique called TIVA (Total Intravenous Anaesthesia) that is delivered by our team of top anaesthetists. Intravenous delivery enables our anaesthetist team to monitor anaesthetic depth more closely via specialized computers to maintain an optimal level of anaesthesia. This means you will wake up feeling much better than with traditional alternatives and ready to go home shortly after.

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