Moles are very common blemishes on the skin and can be found anywhere on the body or face. They can be various sizes or shapes and can be raised or flat to the surface of the skin. Although most moles are harmless, it is important that if a mole changes in size, shape or colour, then your doctor should examine it to ensure it is nothing more serious.

A mole may be removed because it has shown signs of change in shape or colour or because it is unsightly, irritating or catching on clothing.

What does the operation involve?

The operation to remove a mole is usually a straightforward procedure and is carried out under local anaesthetic. Most moles are removed with a scalpel and the wound closed with stitches, or removed flat to the surface and left to heal like a superficial abrasion or burn.

What to expect post surgery?

> An operation to cut out a mole will leave a small scar depending on the size of the mole removed.
> An operation to slice off a mole, will heal in 1 to 2 weeks with minimal scarring.

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