Moleremoval..ie specialises in mole mapping and mole removal. These two procedures form the backbone of the treatments we offer and are the main reasons our patients come to see us. You can read more about both mole mapping and mole removal below so you can find out about each procedure before you attend an appointment at one of our clinics.
Mole mapping is a technique we use at our clinics to map out the moles on a person's body. The aim is to create a catalogue of the person's moles so that it can be referred to for medical purposes. Mole mapping can be useful for people who have a lot of moles and for those who have a history of melanoma (skin cancer) in their family. With the map of a person's moles available, it is easier to pick up on changes in any moles sooner, as well as identify any existing issues. Before you start, your doctor will ask you about your medical history, which will help to identify your risk of developing skin cancer or other problems.
During your mole mapping consultation, the consultant will use sophisticated technology to record high-quality digital images of your moles. These images are stored for later so that if you have further mole mapping procedures or examinations in the future, you can compare newer images to the previous ones. This gives you and your doctors a more accurate way to track any changes to your moles, which helps to avoid unnecessary mole removals. Mole mapping will also pick up on any potential issues through close examination by an expert. If any treatment is needed, a discussion with your consultant will help you work out which is the appropriate action to take.
If you were referred to us by your GP, the results of your mole mapping will be sent to them. You can also get a copy of the findings so that you can have them for future reference or to give to any doctors you might see at a later date. When we store the image mapping of your moles, we always ensure that the information is stored securely, along with any of your other confidential information.
If there are any moles that might be cause for concern but don't currently require any action, you will be advised to return for a further appointment in a few months' time to check if there have been any changes.
We also offer mole removal procedures for anyone who wants or needs to have a mole removed. If you have a mole removed, it might be because your mole mapping procedure or an examination of a specific mole has flagged up an issue requiring its removal. However, there are other reasons people might decide to have moles removed. One of them is that a mole might be in an impractical location. It could get caught on clothes and jewellery, causing it to hurt or even to bleed. Removing moles like these can allow you to get on with everyday tasks without having to worry about knocking a mole and causing discomfort.
Other people might have a mole removed for cosmetic reasons. Many people have a mole they don't like the appearance of, particularly if it is on their face or another prominent area. Having a mole removed for this reason can help to boost self-esteem and confidence.
When a mole is removed, it can be done using several methods. A mole might be cut off to either make the skin the same level or perhaps deeper to remove all the cells of the mole. Other possibilities include freezing the mole with liquid nitrogen and burning it off with an electric current. Before using any of these methods, the doctor will prepare the area by cleaning it and injecting a local anaesthetic. This will make the procedure painless, although there might be some discomfort after. Many mole removals do not require stitches, but some do.
If stitches are required, you will need to return to have them removed. However, many people will not need to come back for a follow-up appointment. You might be given a topical cream or ointment to help keep the removal site clean and help it heal. After removal, the tissue from a mole can be sent to be tested in a laboratory. This is to test for skin cancer or any potentially cancerous cells. A mole removal can help to detect and remove cancer quickly so it can be addressed sooner.