What is a Mole?

A mole, also known as Melancholia Nevus, is a benign growth on the skin that is usually black or brown in color. They can be flat or raised and irregular in shape as well. They are formed in various sizes. Moles can appear anywhere in the body, alone or in groups. Often we see hairs growing on the moles. But it is embarrassing for those people who have moles on their faces which affect their appearance. Usually these are harmless but if it starts to irritate then a consultation with the doctor is always recommended.



Moles occur when cells in our body grows in clusters instead of spreading throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes and they produce the pigment that gives our skin its natural colour.


Moles occur in various shapes and sizes. They are usually less than 6 millimeters in diameter and can be found in black, brown, tan, red, blue and pink. Hairs may also develop on them. Most people have 10 to 40 moles.

How Mole Removal is done?

There are two procedures by which moles can be removed.
1. Surgical Excision: In this procedure, the doctor uses anaesthetic to numb the area around the mole and then cuts out the mole and a margin of normal skin surrounding it using a scalpel. The incision is then closed with sutures.
2. Surgical Shave: In this process, the doctor uses a small blade to cut out the entire mole. This is done in case of moles that are smaller in size and no stitches are required to close the wound.

Why consider these techniques?

A mole can spoil your appearance mainly when you have it on the face. This may result in a lack of self-confidence. You can consider its removal for aesthetic purpose or when the mole starts itching or bleeding and causes pain. You should immediately consult a doctor and get all the necessary tests done. If your doctor suspects that the mole can be cancerous then he will take a tissue sample and send it for biopsy.


After the removal of a mole, the wound area may start bleeding or get red and swollen. Then, you will need to consult your doctor for further advice. The surgical site might get infected and there are chances of the mole occurring again. Any changes in the shape and size of a mole may indicate a source of cancer. Consult your doctor as soon as you see these abnormalities


You should avoid too much exposure to sunlight. Ultraviolet radiation can trigger the growth of moles. You can use sunscreen lotions to protect your skin.


The results are immediate. After the surgery, you get a smooth skin free of moles that are not going to bother you anymore. We have doctors who are skilled in the techniques of mole removal. They have been doing these surgeries in a way that you don’t suffer from any side-effects. Prices are quite affordable and consultation is free which you can book online.


All procedures at The Manchester Private Hospital are completely confidential. For continuation of care, we will automatically let your GP know about any consultations, tests, results, referrals or advice given. If you would prefer us not to do this, please let us know and we will not disclose the above.

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