Mole Check at the Cadogan Clinic offers a variety of ways to surgically remove moles, from cryotherapy and mole shaving to surgical removal and Mohs.
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 be referred for immediate examination under a microscope (histology), to eliminate the risk of skin cancer and further development.
We recommend you seek professional attention for any of your moles if you notice one or more of the following symptoms:
It has/is changing colour
It has/is changing shape and size
It is inflamed, itchy or painful
It is protruding or causing irritation (for example, it’s catching on clothing)
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.
The Cadogan Clinic Mole Removal service starts from £599
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.
There are many ways that you can reduce your risk of skin cancer.
+ Limit your exposure to UV radiation + Use broad-spectrum sunblock when exposed to the sun. Broad spectrum will help protect against both UVA and UVB rays + Use a minimum of SPF 30 in your sunblock, ensure the UVA protection is adequate as denoted by UVA and apply thickly and frequently + Avoid the use of sunbeds (Using sunbeds for the first time below the age of 35 increases the risk of developing melanoma by nearly 60% + Perform a monthly skin self-examination looking for ABCDE of moles
ABCDE Checklist for suspicious features:
+ Asymmetry: Moles that are an irregular shape and have two different halves. + Border: Moles with a ragged border. + Colours: Moles that have a mix of two or more colours. + Diameter: Moles that are larger than 6mm (1/4 inch) diameter. + Evolution: A mole which has changed in size or shape over time.
When performing your monthly skin checks ensure you are doing it after a bath or shower, in a well-lit room, with the aid of a full-length mirror looking for any changes in moles thoroughly.
You can also self-assess yourself for risk of melanoma. The Melanoma Risk Factor Assessment checklist can tell you if you would benefit from a mole check by a dermatologist, or from more regular self-examinations.
The Melanoma Risk Factor Assessment:
+ Have you ever been sunburnt badly? + Does your skin burn first and then tan? Do you tan at all? + Do you have any outdoor hobbies? + Have you ever used sunbeds? + Have you ever lived anywhere abroad that was very hot/sunny? + Have you ever had a job where you worked outdoors? + Has anyone in your family ever had melanoma? + Do you wear sunblock when exposed to the sun?
If you notice any changes to a mole or a patch of skin, it is important to seek the advice of your GP or a dermatologist as soon as possible. If your regular GP has any concerns about the changes in your moles, they will refer you to a consultant dermatologist for further examination.
A dermatologist will perform a full skin examination to check all of your moles. If the dermatologist has any concerns about any unusual moles or patches of skin, they will either go on to remove (excise) the mole or take a sample of a suspicious patch of skin (biopsy) to send in for analysis.
It is important to note that not all changes to moles are the results of skin cancer. It is normal for moles to change in size, number or appearance over time, even some disappearing entirely. Hormonal changes, like those that occur with puberty or pregnancy, can also cause moles to increase in number or to become darker.
Melanoma is caused when skin cells, or melanocytes, begin to grow abnormally. The single most preventable cause is too much exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UVR) from sunlight and there is also evidence that the use of sunbeds can cause skin cancer.
There are certain people who have a predisposition to skin cancer or are more at risk:
+ People who burn easily in the sun
+ People with past episodes of sunburn, often with blister formation and often in childhood
+ People with many moles (more than 50)
+ People who have first-degree family members who have melanomas
+ People with a weakened immune system due to diseases (e.g. HIV), or those on drugs that suppress the immune system (e.g. organ transplant patients)
Melanomas may develop as either a new mole or occur as changes in a pre-existing mole. It is the fifth most common form of skin cancer in the UK, with approximately 13,000 cases being reported each year.
More than a quarter of those cases are in people under 50 years old, which is quite young in comparison to other cancers. More than 2000 people in the UK die every year from melanoma.
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.
A mole or naevus is made up of naevus cells, which extend right through the skin. Therefore, if removal is to be complete, it will leave a hole. Whichever way this heals, there will be a scar. It is our job to minimize this scar.
If the mole is tiny, leaving the hole to heal on its own, may be best. Usually, the hole is refashioned in order to allow stitching in the direction which gives the least scarring, usually in the line of skin tension, for example, the smile lines on the face. Face stitches can be removed early before they themselves cause extra scars, but elsewhere we might use buried dissolving sutures reinforced with tape to again avoid stitch marks.
If the mole is only a problem because it is raised, then sometimes they can be snipped or lasered off. Remember, however, that although the skin is now flat, half the naevus is still there. It might regrow with pigment or look like a mottled scar. This is not often acceptable on the face. Hairy moles need to be completely removed to stop regrowth of the hair from deep hair follicles. A suspicious mole that is thought could be malignant should be cut out to provide tissue for diagnosis under the microscope.
Whichever method is used, we need to keep the skin clean to avoid infection and a worse scar. Antibiotics should not be used to avoid infection, being reserved for treatment of infection.
Some areas of the body make for worse scars than others and some people are more prone to scarring. We now have a genetic test (BILHI) to determine if you are likely to get a bad scar, a keloid. The Cadogan Clinic is the first place in the UK to offer this.
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.
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 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 Clinic 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. C - Colour Is the colour uneven? You might see shades of black, brown and tan, or areas of white grey, red, pink or blue D - 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?
People often choose to remove moles for purely cosmetic reasons, especially if they are moles on the face which can make them feel self-conscious. Our doctors at Cadogan Clinic include highly-experienced Plastic and Cosmetic surgeons who will remove moles whilst leaving minimal scarring on your face.
Moles are common skin growths which can be flat and pigmented or protruding. They affect the appearance and people often prefer to remove them on cosmetic grounds.
In some cases, the moles can start changing in colour, shape, and size. This might be a warning sign of cancer and you should see a dermatologist immediately.
Facial moles are removed surgically after an injection of local anaesthetic to numb the area. The tissue removed is sent for pathological examination and the small skin defect is stitched up carefully. The stitches are removed after 5-7 days and the resulting line scar gradually fades with time.
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