Before removing a mole, skin tag, seborrhoeic keratosis, angioma or other lesion for cosmetic purposes, we need to decide:
- If it's possible to remove the mole
- If it's safe to remove
- What would be the best technique: radiofrequency surgery, intense pulsed light, cryotherapy, electrosurgery, shave excision, topical cream, or something else
A doctor should always examine a mole before it's removed, to make sure it's not a skin cancer. Or if it is a skin cancer, to make sure it's removed in the best way to cure it.
Consequences of choosing the wrong treatment could be
- Treating only part of a skin cancer so that it's invisible from the surface of the skin but it continues to grow and spread without being visible
- Ineffective removal of the mole or skin lesion
- Increased risk of scarring
- Unnecessary expenses for the patient
- Wasting the patient's time if the planned procedure isn't appropriate and they need to return later for a more comprehensive treatment
To help us choose the best treatment, it's helpful for us to know some details about your mole, such as whether it's raised or flat, what part of the body it's on, and details of your medical history and skin cancer risk factors.
You can save time by sending us these details from home. Using our form you can enter details of the mole(s) you want removed, your medical and skin history, and skin cancer risk factors.
- Optional (but highly recommended): Purchase a MoleScope Lite magnifying device to attach to your phone to get high quality close-up photos
- Read our hints on how to take photos of your moles and other skin lesions
- Upload your photos and fill in the personal details on our web form
Our skin cancer doctor will assess your photos and other information and we'll get back to you within 2-3 working days with information about mole removal methods and details of pricing.