The vast majority of moles are normal, however if you notice changes in the colour, height, size or shape of a mole, then you should consult the advice of a medical specialist. You also should have a mole checked if it has been bleeding, itching or has become tender or painful. Local anaesthetic is generally applied to the treatment area, however the exact technique of removing a mole depends on the condition and its location. These include:
- - Freezing with liquid gas
- - Shaving the mole close to the skin using a surgical blade
- - Using a chemical such as salicylic acid
- - Punch biopsy
- - Surgery
Although great care is taken to minimise scarring, mole removal may leave a small scar once the wound has healed. When a mole is removed, it should be protected using an SPF 50 sunscreen or above for at least 4 months. It is also vital the wound is kept clean and covered to avoid infection while it heals.