Moles are very common, according to the Consulting Room, the average adult has over 30! Moles can run in the family and are present from birth or you can develop them before you are 30 years old. It is estimated that between 1 and 3% of babies have at least one mole when they are born, these kinds of moles are called congenital nevi.
So, if you have a mole or you think you have a mole, what should you do about it?
What to do if you have a mole
Firstly, we recommend getting it checked. Although most moles don’t pose a threat, it’s important that Melanoma, a skin cancer, is ruled out.
You should check your skin regularly every month or so, keeping an eye on your existing moles and noticing whether they change shape, size or colour. If you suspect your mole has changed shape or a mole has appeared where there wasn’t one before, visit your GP surgery to get it checked out.
The NHS share a handy way to remember what you’re checking for when it comes to moles:
A helpful way to remember what to look for is to use the NHS’s ABCDE method. Simply remember the below when checking your skin:
- A – asymmetry
- B – border irregularity
- C – colour change
- D – diameter
- E – elevated (raised) or enlarged
How to reduce the risk of developing Melanoma
There are many ways you can reduce the risk of developing Melanoma skin cancer. We’ve listed a few of the most simplistic ways below.
Become familiar with your skin
If you become familiar with what is normal for your skin, you’re more likely to notice any changes to your existing moles or when you develop new moles.
Stay away from tanning beds
Tanning beds and lamps emit UV rays, this exposure is unhealthy for your skin and can increase the risk of developing skin cancer.
In the summer months, it’s important you stay out of the hottest part of the day, which is usually between 11 am and 3 pm. This is when the Sun’s UV rays are strongest.
It’s also important you realise that regardless of season, your skin is still exposed to UV rays throughout the year. To help protect the skin, you can wear sunscreen all-year round – although this won’t protect you against all the Sun’s UV rays.
Getting your mole removed
The majority of moles are completely harmless – but they can be unsightly and knock the confidence of those who have them. That’s why here at Linia we provide a mole removal treatment in London.
Before you book in for the mole removal treatment, you will first require a consultation where we can thoroughly examine the mole.
We offer two kinds of mole treatment here at our London clinic.
This procedure will only take around 20-30 minutes, meaning you can return to work the same day, providing minimal disruption to your week. The area is injected with a local anaesthetic and the mole is then shaved so it’s level with the skin using a Dermablade.
There can be scarring after the mole has been removed, but this should fade with time.
This method also requires a small local anaesthetic injection. This procedure is a little more invasive as the immediate area surrounding the mole is removed to ensure any cells below the surface are also removed. This method usually requires a few small stitches which will leave a scar that will fade over time.
To discuss your options and book your mole consultation, fill in our simple form here.