Whether you want to check it’s not cancerous, or you just want to be rid of it once and for all, we can help!
Read on for more information:
What Do Moles Look Like?
It’s important to be aware that not every mole is the medium to dark brown colour you’d expect. Some moles are skin coloured, and at times, black.
Many moles are flat, relatively even in colour and regular in shape. Other moles are raised, soft to touch and lighter in colour.
Who Should Check Their Moles?
The answers simple – you should all check your moles! (ideally once a month)
There may also be a history of melanoma in your family, so if that’s the case, you should prioritize even more so.
Ask family members about their history. Have they had to have a mole surgically removed? Or did their mum, dad or grandparents have a mole problem? If so, it could be hereditary.
If it is, you should book an appointment with your GP, just to be on the safe side.
Which Ones Should You Worry About?
You should keep an eye on any that look different – i.e. dysplastic moles – as they may involve melanomas.
Dysplastic moles (Dysplastic nevi), often grow larger than ordinary moles and may have irregular and distinct borders. Their colour may not be uniform, and may range from light pink to very dark brown. They usually begin as flat, but parts may raise above the skin surface.
If you do have moles like this, you should get them checked a.s.a.p., because if you don’t and they a) change in colour or shape b) the mole becomes itchy or c) it becomes painful or starts to bleed, they can become a serious problem.
Any moles which appear newly in adulthood should also be a concern. Again, you should get it checked by your doctor.
How To Examine Your Skin?
Start by taking off your clothes and finding a good, full length mirror. Pay close attention to all areas of your skin even those that are not exposed to the sun.
You should also get your partner to check areas you can’t see, like your back, back of the neck and scalp. Remember not to miss hidden areas too. i.e. between your toes, fingernails, the soles of your feet and the backs of your knees.
If a mole has any of the following signs, get it checked by a doctor, don’t wait for it to change.
· Asymmetry: One half of the mole does not match the other half
· Border: The border or edges of the mole are ragged, blurred, or smudgy
· Colour: The mole has different colours such as black, blue, white or red
· Diameter: The diameter of the mole is larger than the diameter of a pencil
· Evolving: The mole looks different from others and/or is changing in size, colour or shape
The last letter, ‘E’ is the most important. Any new or changing mole should be checked.
Here at Elanic, we offer ‘cosmetic mole removal’, which is a procedure we can carry out when you have been given the all clear from your doctor. (i.e. your mole isn’t cancerous)
According to the HNS website; ‘‘The most important reason for having a mole removed is to rule out anything cancerous.’’
‘‘Your GP will refer you to a dermatologist (skin specialist) if they have any concerns that your mole has any abnormal cells. If the dermatologist thinks your mole could have any abnormal or cancerous cells, they will remove the mole (in a procedure known as a biopsy) to check it under the microscope.’’
In general, moles are not removed by the NHS for cosmetic purposes.
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Given The All Clear?
If you’ve been given the all clear but still wish to have your mole removed, then we can help.
(In most cases it will also be checked by our consultant plastic surgeon or dermatologist to determine that it is benign, so that treatment can be carried out)
There are various ways to remove a benign mole but we only suggest the following because the results are clinically more effective:
C02 laser ablation
This technique effectively vaporises the mole and tends to leave the best possible scar. In fact, in many cases the scar is almost indiscernible after treatment.
This treatment is highly specialised and you should always make sure you have been examined by a consultant plastic surgeon or dermatologist before going ahead as a melanoma should never be treated this way.
In some cases, the size or location of the mole means that it is better removed surgically. Ideally a consultant plastic surgeon is the best-qualified and more experienced practitioner to make this decision.
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