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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.
Benign Dermatofibroma - Persisting asymptomatic nodule. Recommend excision on cosmetic grounds as will never go away spontaneously.
Benign vascular nodule - Developed at site of minimal trauma; needs surgical removal as bleeds easily.
Benign vascular nodule - On face of elderly lady, for surgical removal.
Warty benign basal cell papilloma (seborrhoeic keratosis) - Slowly growing on trunk of 70 year old man; removed by curettage.
Warty benign basal cell papilloma (seborrhoeic keratosis) - Flesh-coloured growth on trunk of 75 year old man
Rapidly growing nodule - Below left eye in 70 year old man. Needs excision for cure and for histology to differentiate between a keratoacanthoma and a basal cell cancer
Lentigo maligna - Black discolouration on background brown lentigo on nasal bridge–needs excision to prevent spread.
Lentigo maligant melanoma - Slowly growing brown stain on cheek of elderly lady
Malignant melanoma - Well demarcated black plaque on sun damaged trunk of 35 year old
Malignant melanoma - Well demarcated black plaque on sun damaged skin
Melanoma - Change in the pigmentation of a previously brown mole
Nodular melanoma - A large pigmented nodule
A nodular melanoma - Enlarging pigmented plaque
Subungual melanoma - Persisting black toenail originally thought due to trauma
A nodular melanoma - Persisting oozing nodule with pigmentation
Amelanotic melanoma - Vascular nodule on the foot
Large malignant melanoma - On upper back of very sundamaged skin
Basal cell cancer - Slowly growing nodule on sun exposed skin of 68 year old man showing telangiectasia (blood vessels) diagnostic of a basal cell cancer
Multiple cancers - Multiple scaly patches consistent with multiple cancers on sun-exposed neck of elderly woman
Basal cell cancer - Scaly area which never heals on right side of forehead of 72 year old. Need excising to prevent further enlargement.
Basal cell cancer - Slowly growing area on sun damaged facial skin of 35 year old surfer. Basal cell cancer needing Mohs and reconstruction to prevent further growth.
Pigmented basal cell cancer - On sun exposed skin of 72 year old. Could be mistaken for a melanoma due to the black pigment.
Squamous Cell Cancer - Sore ear thought to be infection in 78 year old man but due to a squamous cell cancer
Psoriasis - Symmetrical well defined erythematous plaques on the knees
Psoriasis - Well demarcated scaly plaques on elbows of a 4 year old
Psoriasis - Scaly itchy scalp with well demarcated edge due to psoriasis
Psoriasis - Well demarcated scaly rash of psoriasis in a child on an unusual location
Small Plaque Psoriasis - Widespread rash with well demarcated pink scaly patches
Large congenital mole - Atypical pigmentation in a child - needs monitoring
Protruding benign mole - Excise on cosmetic grounds
Hair bearing benign flesh coloured facial naevus -
Halo naevus - This is benign and occurs more frequently in patients with vitiligo
Large naevi with irregular pigmentation - Dysplastic naevi which need monitoring /excision to prevent progression
Unusual mole on sole of foot - For dermoscopic monitoring
Halo - Less intense pigmentation surrounding a normal mole
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 and our “see and treat” service for mole removal. You are guaranteed that Cadogan Clinic is the best choice for accurate and quick diagnosis and treatment.
+ Consultant Dermatologist Led: every Mole Check patient is seen by one of our consultant Dermatologists and not a nurse.
+ Mole Map: each patient leaves with a comprehensive computer controlled Mole Map of their entire body.
+ Long Term Monitoring: our Mole Mapping technology and our Dermatologist led approach allows us to spot even the subtlest of changes and moles over time.
+ Dermoscopy: any mole that a Dermatologist is concerned about will be examined on the spot under a high powered dermatology microscope.
+ Treatment: we have 3 fully staffed operation theatres on site for the rapid, same day removal of worrisome moles.
+ Plastic Surgeons: for the removal of bigger or deeper moles, or those in more visible places, a Consultant Plastic Surgeon can undertake the procedure to minimise any scarring risk.
+ Mohs: we are one of the only clinics in the UK to offer Mohs surgery on site. This is recognised by NICE as the optimal approach to skin cancer removal.
Book in with one of our doctors at the Cadogan Clinic if you’re worried about any of the moles or freckles you have, and you can rest assured that we will be able to give you a comprehensive and fast diagnosis.
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.
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 Clinic include highly-experienced plastic and cosmetic surgeons who will remove moles whilst leaving minimal scarring on your face.
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