We treat patients who are worried about their moles, as well as people who want them removed for cosmetic reasons.
Our team of experienced plastic surgeons provide fast access to the highest quality of care every step of the way, all from our state-of-the-art Spire Hospital Manchester which opened in 2017. The hospital is conveniently located near all the main transport routes, so is easily accessible by car, train or plane.
The first step is to attend an initial consultation with one of our plastic surgeons, Mr James Murphy or Mr Adam Goodwin. Both have been practising for 20+ years and are Fellows of the Royal College of Plastic Surgeons, and members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons.
Our service for mole removal in Manchester is very straight-forward, and you will be looked after in the comfort of our beautiful hospital. From your initial consultation through to your treatment and after-care, we aim to provide first-class service, giving you complete peace of mind. Whether you have just one mole that needs removing or several, you’re in safe hands with our specialist and caring team.
You don’t need to make any special preparation for your mole removal surgery, though you may wish to shower on the morning of treatment as it will be best to avoid getting the area too wet for a day or so after surgery. Other than that, you can eat and drink as normal. It’s a good idea to come to hospital in loose, comfortable clothing which doesn’t put pressure on the mole area.
The mole is then removed using a scalpel, and we will take away a little of the surrounding tissue too, just to make sure the mole is completely removed. This is more the case where the mole might be suspicious. Cosmetic moles can usually be removed without additional tissue.
We often recommend surgical removal of moles as this will prevent them from growing back. It takes around 20 minutes per mole, though this will depend on the size and location of each mole, of course.
You’ll leave hospital with a light dressing on the wound which can usually be removed after a few days. You shouldn’t experience any pain but will be prescribed some painkillers to ease any discomfort when you return home.
It’s a good idea to think ahead by arranging for someone to drive you home from the hospital after your treatment. This will allow you to sit in a comfortable position and avoid unnecessary stretching to the affected area of skin. Get ready to relax when you get home too, just to let the skin settle. You should be able to resume life as normal the day after treatment.
It’s best to avoid touching the wound area to prevent infection and to wear loose clothing so that it doesn’t catch while the stitches heal. You may find the skin itches a little as it starts to heal but don’t be tempted to scratch.
After a week or so, the stitches will dissolve by themselves, so won’t need to be removed, and the team may want to see you for a follow-up appointment around 10 days after surgery, though it can take two to three weeks for the area to fully heal. If you have any concerns whatsoever when you return home, please do get in touch.
If your mole is cancerous you may need to return to hospital for further treatment. This can involve removing a larger area of skin and underlying tissue to ensure there are no cancerous cells left. Again, this treatment can be provided using local anaesthetic, so is relatively straight-forward and painless.
Early treatment and diagnosis of skin cancer is extremely important. In general, moles which stay the same in appearance and sensation are nothing to worry about – most people have moles which do not cause any problems. You should seek medical advice if you have moles that concern you or which:
If your mole is suspicious we will send it away for testing. We appreciate that you may feel anxious so will contact you as soon as we get your results, usually within a fortnight.
Our surgeons are highly experienced so minimise the size of the incision and place stitches carefully so that treatment is as hard to notice as possible once the wound has healed.
The wound area may scab at first but will then be a deep shade of pink, fading to light pink and then to white over time. Eventually, the scar should be barely noticeable.
You will help your body to heal itself by avoiding touching the wound area so that you do not complicate recovery with an infection, nor remove your dressing before it’s ready to drop off by itself.
Once the stitches have disappeared you can apply body lotion if you wish as keeping the skin hydrated can aid the healing process.
We will check that your wound is healing correctly when you attend your follow-up appointment, but depending on the diagnosis, often no further treatment is necessary.