Mole Removal Surgery – How Big Is Incision?

scalpel mole removal

If you have been told you need mole removal surgery, excision, then one of the first questions will be how big is the incision. 

The answer to some extent will depend on the nature of the mole.

If a mole removal is purely cosmetic, then the emphasis is on a good aesthetic result. Therefore any incision should be made as small as possible in order to get the least noticeable scar after healing.

Shave excision is a technique which literally slices the top of the mole away very close to the skin’s surface leaving a neat result.

Yet for smaller moles or those that are purely cosmetic in nature, there may not be a need for any use of a scalpel at all, as doctors and surgeons tend to recommend laser mole removal instead of surgical, as this is faster and neater.

When is Surgery Better Than Laser?

Mole removal surgery using elliptical excision is a technique which tends to be used for moles that are ‘suspicious’. Here the incision is likely to be bigger than with other techniques in order to ensure that the suspicious tissue is fully removed.

Sometimes ellipse excision is used where the cosmetic result is likely to be better than a shave excision. Here the emphasis will be on a good cosmetic result.

Which Procedure?

Skilled mole removal doctors like those at the London Mole Removal Centre are able to use their experience in order to judge the best possible technique.

They understand that patients are keen to have a good cosmetic result with minimal visible scarring, but will always make safety a vital component of any recommendation. That’s why moles are sent away for testing after removal.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma) at 5 mole removal clinics.

All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

Where the mole is not considered medically a risk, then the NHS will usually deny mole removal on the basis that it is just ‘cosmetic’, so treatment in the private sector is the best approach.

Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:

  • No waiting lists
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.