WHAT CAN MOLE REMOVAL ACHIEVE?
IS THERE AN ALTERNATIVE TO MOLE REMOVAL SURGERY?
The surgeon will always examine the skin carefully to assess suitability for a mole removal procedure and if the mole, cyst or skin tag is suitable he will recommend the most suited surgical or non-surgical option.
WHAT TO EXPECT BEFORE YOUR MOLE REMOVAL PROCEDURE
No matter how small or simple the procedure, it is exceedingly important that you feel as happy and comfortable throughout the process and establishing good communications with your surgeon is therefore vital. This will begin in your consultation when you will be able to talk directly to Dr Cotrufo.
DURING YOUR CONSULTATION, YOU WILL:
Explain your individual circumstances to the surgeon, including why you are seeking surgery
Learn more about mole removal surgery and the other options open to you
Have a full health evaluation
Undergo a skin assessment
Discuss the process before, during and after treatment, including aftercare
Be able to ask questions
Learn about timescales and costs
As your surgery approaches, you may be asked to make some small lifestyle changes and asked to avoid particular activities and medications.
This may include:
Taking a blood test or other medical tests
Adjusting or taking certain medications
Avoiding aspirin, herbal supplements and anti-inflammatory drugs
Refraining from drinking alcohol
Avoiding sun overexposure, particular to the area in question
Committing not to make stringent changes to your diet
Mole removal is usually performed under a local anaesthetic, however, if a general anaesthetic is to be used during surgery you will be required to follow fasting instructions given by the surgeon.
MOLE REMOVAL PROCEDURES
The time required for mole removal surgery will depend on the process used, the number of procedures carried out at once and the type of anaesthesia used but is generally under 1 hour
With laser mole removal, thermal energy is used to break down the mole and any unwanted hair
Some moles are cut away using small incisions that are closed with tiny sutures
Moles can also be shaved away
AFTER YOUR MOLE REMOVAL SURGERY:
You should be able to return home not long after the procedure, though the skin around the removal area will be sore for several days.
You should follow the wound dressing advice given to you by the clinic team, this will vary by procedure
Redness should begin to subside 2-3 weeks after the procedure
You may need to reduce exercise for up to 3 weeks. If you’ve had a facial mole removal you will need to avoid using makeup
Once healed, you should use a high protection factor sun cream on the area for at least 6 months
You should avoid sunbathing, saunas and steam rooms for several months
Your surgeon will be able to advise when you can begin using creams or moisturising lotions on the area
You will need to attend aftercare appointments with Dr Cotrufo, who will also be able to answer queries during your recovery period
STILL HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT MOLE REMOVAL SURGERY?
Dr Stefano Cotrufo is a cosmetic surgery and reconstructive microsurgery expert who has extensive experience of carrying out surgeries large and small in some of the leading plastic surgery hospitals. If you would like to discuss your suitability for mole removal surgery or the removal of other skin lesions, as well as the care you can expect to receive at our clinic, please call 0207 873 2330 to book a personal consultation.