Moles come in all different shapes and sizes and are generally harmless, however they are aesthetically unpleasing. Clients often come to me when they have moles on their face that they feel self-conscious about, or on areas where they catch them on clothing or jewellery. I have all ages and genders in for a simple procedure called ACP, but here is a background of the treatment options and information on mole removal.
What is a mole and why do they occur?
Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy.
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Is it safe to remove moles?
I would not remove any mole without consent from a GP that it is non-cancerous. I’d either ask you to go and see your doctor to get their advice, or I can take a photo to send to our GP at Medizen, Dr.David Eccleston.
Most moles are harmless and are perfectly safe to remove, however, I cannot remove any mole that is flat to the skin as this could cause scarring.
How can moles be removed?
ACP – This is the method that I use. It’s an advanced form of Electrolysis and essentially uses heat to cauterise the mole. It can take a few goes to remove it depending on the size, on average its 1-2 treatments but can take up to 4 to reach the end result. The end result with ACP is to flatten it down to skin level.
Cryotherapy – This method has to be performed by a doctor. It involves freezing the moles using liquid nitrogen or other freezing products. Freezing causes the skin cells to die and the mole to fall off on its own.
Surgery – This option involves surgically cutting out the mole with a scalpel and must be performed by a suitably qualified practitioner.
Laser removal – Laser removal works to cauterise the mole. This is a precise technique that cuts the moles away from the skin leaving almost no bleeding as it cauterizes the wound with a special hand-piece, quite similar to ACP.
Will my mole return?
This is a possibility unless you go down the surgical route. Some moles do have roots underneath the skin of remaining cells which could continue to grow but this would take a long time. Top of treatments of ACP, Cryotherapy or laser treatments could be redone if necessary. This is less likely to happen with surgery, however, you may be left with a scar.
What is the average cost?
With ACP you’re looking at £50-£200 to flatten the mole completely. Cryotherapy can range from £150 + depending on how many treatments you need and who you go to. Surgery and laser treatment would be significantly more.
MediZen are one of the "first of its kind" Doctor led, and so-called "medical aesthetic" clinics opened in Birmingham. Over the years we've helped literally thousands of our clients to feel more confident. We're NOT a Beauty Salon and we're NOT a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic. MediZen are one of the few clinics in Birmingham and the UK who specialise in offering carefully researched non-surgical aesthetic treatments backed by medical evidence
Established in 1999, MediZen are a multi-award winning medical aesthetic clinic based in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Over the years we've helped literally thousands of our clients to feel more confident about the way that they look. We're NOT a Beauty Salon and we're NOT a Cosmetic Surgery Clinic - we specialise in offering carefully researched treatments that can make real, natural looking improvements to your appearance without disruption to your normal lifestyle. Our number one priority is to give you more confidence in your skin with visible, natural looking improvements that you can see reflected in the mirror.