A mole is a small coloured spot on the skin which is made up of a cluster of cells known as melanocytes, which are responsible for producing the pigment in your skin. Occasionally these melanocytes grow in a cluster instead of being spread out, which results in the formation of a mole.
Moles are typically brown in colour, although they can also be much darker, or may even be skin coloured. They can either be flat or raised, rough or smooth, and some may have hair growing from them. Many people also find that their moles change and respond to hormonal changes, for example during pregnancy moles may get darker, puberty may cause more moles to appear, and from around the age of 40 to 50 they may begin to fade away and disappear.
It is important to have your moles checked regularly, and if necessary, you may need your moles removed.
Most moles are completely harmless, but some moles can develop into Melanoma skin cancer so it’s important to check your skin regularly so that you can spot any changes in size, shape, or colour early and get them checked out if you notice any changes.
Things to look out for when you’re checking your moles include:
- Colour: Uneven colours or changes in colour; most moles are just one colour, but melanomas are made up of lots of different shades.
- Size: Healthy moles don’t generally change size, so if you notice a mole getting bigger it’s important to have it checked out.
- Edges: Most moles are usually circular or oval with smooth edges, so if your mole develops a rough or uneven edge it could indicate something more serious.
- Irritation: Most moles will sit on your skin and not cause any problems, but if they turn red, start to itch, bleed, become inflamed or crusty see a specialist.
A change in the size and shape of your moles doesn’t necessarily mean that you have developed melanoma; there are a variety of other reasons why your moles may be behaving that way. The most important thing to remember is to have your moles checked regularly, and if you are worried about any of your moles make an appointment to see a member of the team of dermatology specialists here at The Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic for a mole check in Canterbury.
Depending on their location and position, some moles can be rather unsightly and cause the person to feel self conscious and embarrassed by their presence on the face and body and wish for their moles to be removed. We use safe and effective methods to remove benign moles.
There is an initial consultation fee with the Dermatologist at £250. If surgery is advised, prices start from £500 for mole removal including a histology report. Some moles can be removed by laser treatment and you will be advised at the consultation. Even if you’re having your moles removed purely for cosmetic reasons, we recommend that a histological analysis be carried out in order to identify any potentially dangerous cases that may require further treatment.
We also offer safe and effective removal of cancerous moles, with prices in the region of £1080. When it comes to skin cancer, time is of the essence; so having your moles checked and if required removed by a member of our specialist dermatology team will ensure that you’re not waiting a long time for an appointment as can sometimes be the case with the NHS.
If you’d like to find out more about our mole check and removal services in Canterbury, Kent, please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer your questions and book you in for a consultation.
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Why choose Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic?
Here at Kent's leading private skin and laser clinic, our experts are specialists in all aspects of dermatology, skin cancer, anti-ageing and beauty treatments. We are one of the few skin clinics in the UK where all medical consultations and treatments are provided by specialist doctors with Dermatology experience and laser training.
Canterbury Skin and Laser Clinic is regulated by the Care Quality Commission, ensuring the best level of treatment is provided to you in a safe environment. Our Clinical Lead Dr Mark Hudson-Peacock is a member of the British Association of Dermatologists, the British Laser Medical Association, the British Hair and Nail Society, the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology and is certified by the Consulting Room. We have won many awards including the WhatClinic Patient Service Award in 2019 and the ghp Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Awards 2019.