Mole Removal

Mole Removal

Everyone has moles on their skin. Some are born with them, some appear later in life. Most of the time, we ignore them because they do not give problems. Concerns arise when they appear on our face, especially when the moles are big or protruding, because they are unsightly. After all, face is the first thing we are drawn to when we see a person.

What causes moles?

Genetic determines the number of moles a person has. An individual with a large number of moles, i.e. more than 100, is at an increased risk of developing skin cancer.

Sun exposure plays an important role in the development of moles. But these moles tend to appear later in life. Therefore it is important to apply sunscreen before getting exposed to sun.

I don’t like the mole on my cheek. Can I have it removed?

Yes*. Moles can be removed either by radiofrequency ablation or surgical excision depending on the character of the mole. Mole removal takes 5 to 10 minutes and can be done on the same visit. It is important to get it assessed by a doctor to get the right diagnosis, and to recommend the best removal technique. Generally, we remove a mole that:

- bothers you

- you find unattractive

- could be a skin cancer

How do I tell a mole from a skin cancer (melanoma)?

Melanoma typically changes in terms of size and colour. You can use the rule of ABCDE to monitor any moles you have.

Asymmetry: A mole that is not symmetrical

Border: A mole that does not have well defined border

Colour: A mole that darkens over a short period of time or shows a combination of different colours

Diameter: A mole larger than ¼ inch in diameter, or growing in size quickly

Elevation: A mole that is raised above the skin with rough surface

If your mole has any of these characters, consult a doctor immediately

Is Mole Removal Painful*?

Pain is minimal. A numbing injection is given before the procedure. With radiofrequency ablation removal, a numbing cream is applied to the treated area before treatment.

Will there be a scar?

Depending on the depth of the mole and the type of removal technique, there may be a faint scar. If the mole has deep roots, we can minimize scarring by removing the mole over 2 to 3 sessions, 6 to 8 weeks apart. If a scar forms, it is usually less obvious than the mole.

What happens after the procedure?

A scab will form over the removal area. Do not worry. It will fall off after 1 to 2 weeks when your new fresh skin grows underneath. Do not remove the scab forcefully. If your mole is very big and stitching is required, you will be asked to return to have the stitches removed in 2 weeks.

Any complications?

Mole removal is safe. Sometimes, there may be mild bleeding during the procedure but it can be stopped easily. You may experience redness or itching over the mole removal area that will go away in a few days. Infection is very rare.

Mole removal is quick and safe, and can be done on the same day visit!

 If you have moles that are bothering you, do give us a call or visit us at our clinics to get them removed.

You will be surprised how good you will look after that mole on your cheek is removed!


Comment on "Mole Removal"

  1. marie

    my husband has two moles on his cheek one big and one small i want to remove the two moles roughly how much does it cost to remove the two moles and will she be able to go back to work the next day

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Hi there Ms Marie,

      Before a removal is done, we’d first need to examine it and make sure it does not seem suspicious for cancer. There are two types of mole removal. One method of removal is cut at the skin level (shaving) whereas another method involves cutting around the mole. This is a deeper incision. Both methods are done under local anaesthesia and will leave minimal scar but there is no downtime for either procedure. Your husband should be able to go to work immediately after the procedure is done.

      As for price, it will differ based on the type of mole, the need for biopsy or lab studies and the excision method used. I suggest you bring your husband in for a consult and we would be able to provide more details on this.

  2. Tania

    Hi, i am a 25 years old lady. I have 3 moles around my neck area and i have noticed 1 of it to be enlarging. Should i be worried??

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Hi Ms Tania,

      An enlarging mole may be an indicator for it to be cancerous but it is rather difficult to give you a concrete answer without examining you. There are other explanations as to why a mole may get bigger in time. I suggest you see a healthcare practitioner and get a professional opinion.

  3. Vanessa

    Does it always leave a scar when a mole is removed? In my case, it’s pretty important because the mole in question is on my cheek.

    • Dr. Kaarthig

      Hi Ms Vanessa,

      Shaving a mole will leave a small scar that will scab within seven days then heal with little to no indication anything was done to your cheek. Similar to when you sustain a minor abrasive wound to your cheek. An excision will need to be closed with stitches to the cheek so that will leave a minimal scar but we always attempt to do these procedures in the least conspicious manner.

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