Remove Or Not? The Mole Debate
Not sure whether to remove a mole? Dr Philippa McCaffrey has been removing moles for over 20 years; read her tips and answers to all your mole debates.
Do You Have Unwanted Moles And Skin Tags?
Clearskincare Clinic’s cosmetic mole and skin tag removal is a simple, no-stitches procedure to that removes moles and skin tags instantly. Watch our video to learn more and read Dr McCaffery’s tips below.
Dr McCaffery Answers Your Questions On Mole Removal
Q: What type of moles can you remove?
We can remove any mole that is under 5mm wide. Your mole can be flat or raised, any shape or any colour. It is better to remove moles sooner rather than later. It is normal for moles to grow slowly over time, and it is common for people to wait until a mole is larger and annoying them more to remove it. Moles that grow quickly should always be checked by your GP, but a mole that has grown slowly over the years and has stayed the same colour is generally safe to remove.
Q: What mole can you not remove?
If your mole is over 5mm wide, any mole that has grown quickly, changed shape or colour, that bleeds or just looks abnormal needs to be checked by your GP prior to removal.
Q: What will my skin look like once it is removed?
Once the mole is removed, the skin underneath will be initially pink or red and will slowly fade and blend with the surrounding skin over time. See our video for more info on this. Sometimes moles can have a “root”, particularly in darker skin individuals, which means you could be left with a dark spot, instead of your mole.
Q: How long does the treatment take?
It is pretty quick, usually about 15 minutes
Q: How does the mole get removed?
If your mole is raised above the skin we use diathermy, which is a type of heat, to burn the mole away from the skin. As there is no cut in the skin, there are no stitches. If your mole is flat we use a laser to remove your mole.
Q: What complications can occur?
Any mole removal can result in a scar, however our method seeks to minimise this risk. Some people form keloid scars after mole removal and we need to be very careful when removing moles in the “keloid” zone ( from the shoulders to the waist ). I also urge caution in removing moles from the central face, as any blemish on the skin in this area is very noticeable.
Q: What will my mole look like straight after?
Your mole will be gone, your skin will be pink/red and a scab will form in 24 hours. This forms a natural bandage and should be left untouched until it falls off after 1 week.
Q: Why should or shouldn’t I have mole removal?
Every person considering this needs to think about whether they would be happy with a red mark in place of their mole. If the answer is yes, then go ahead with mole removal but if the answer is no, I would not recommend it.