How are skin moles removed?

Whether you are worried about a mole or simply don’t like it, you can have it removed at Manchester Plastic Surgery.


Skin mole removal is a relatively straight-forward procedure.  It’s usually done using a local anaesthetic and takes around 20-30 minutes per mole; you’ll be seen as a day patient, so you will not need an overnight stay in hospital and can return home when your treatment is complete.


What is involved?

There are several techniques which can be used to remove a mole. The best approach for you will depend on the size and shape of the mole.  We will discuss the options when you attend your initial consultation.  If you are worried about your mole, or a biopsy has determined that your mole is cancerous, then a scalpel removal will be required to ensure there are no traces of mole left behind.


Shave excision

A shave excision involves the use of a small blade to scrape away layers of skin that contain the mole.  This is only appropriate for non-suspicious moles which are to be removed for aesthetic reasons.

You’ll be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area around the mole, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure.  With a shave excision, there is often no need for stitches so your wound will be covered by a light dressing.  You will be able to return home on the day of treatment and provided with some painkiller medication to ease any discomfort.

You will be invited to a follow-up appointment around 10 days after having your mole removal treatment if needed so that we can check the area is healing properly and to answer any further questions you may have.  The wound area will have a light pink mark which gradually fades over time to become barely noticeable.


Surgical excision

Another technique we employ for mole removal is a surgical excision which removes cutting out the mole with a scalpel.  Again, you will be able to have a local anaesthetic, so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. 

Once the mole has been removed the wound will be stitched and a light dressing applied.  You will be able to return home when your treatment is complete and will be given painkillers to ease any discomfort.

Stitches will dissolve naturally so you do not need to return to hospital to have them removed though you will be invited to attend a follow-up appointment around 10 days after surgery so that we can check your wound is healing properly. 

Scarring from a surgical excision vary from patient to patient though expect to have a small scar which will be red at first, gradually fading to pink and then white.  Over time it should be barely noticeable.


What to do next

The first step in your treatment journey is to book an initial consultation with one of our experienced plastic surgeons.  During this consultation, your surgeon will examine the mole and advise the best mole removal treatment.  It is also an opportunity for you to ask any questions you may have about any aspect of treatment.


If you would like to learn more about this procedure or are interested in a consultation, fill out the form below or call us on 0800 015 0622