Do you have a mole that is concerning you or causing inconvenience? Are you worried about developing skin cancer, or simply just unsure? Want to know more about the type of mole you have?
We offer bespoke consultations, digital mole mapping and mole removal in London. Get in touch now to see how we can help!
Moles (melanocytic naevi) are usually benign (harmless) groups of melanocytes; these are the cells that make up the skin pigment, melanin.
Moles can be congenital (present from birth) or acquired. The latter mostly develop during early adult life. Inheritance mostly determines how many moles a person gets but other factors such as frequent sun exposure and an impaired immune system can contribute.
There are many different types of moles. Broadly they are categorised into typical and atypical (dysplastic). Dysplasia means that a mole has a certain degree of irregularity. There is a very small risk of a benign mole becoming a melanoma, which is a type of skin cancer. This risk is higher in dysplastic moles.
Moles have a typical appearance and can be diagnosed by the naked eye and an instrument called a dermatoscope to inspect a mole more closely. If there is uncertainty regarding the diagnosis, particularly if the mole has some features of melanoma or dysplasia, it may be removed for examination under a microscope.
At DermConsult, we proudly provide an innovative mole mapping service which can quickly and effectively identify the type of mole you have, and also detect any potentially cancerous moles. Fotofinder combines state of the art, advanced technology with medical expertise and efficiency – for peace of mind and a professional, expert diagnosis.
Although the majority of moles are completely harmless, you may have a history of skin cancer in your family or simply want a second opinion on whether or not your mole could be a concern.
The upside of mole mapping is that skin cancers from moles that are found at early stages are curable most of the time. Therefore, early diagnosis is essential. If melanoma is less than 0.75mm thick you can expect a 95% cure rate.
Mole mapping can ensure any problems are identified early and therefore; treated quickly. If you think you could benefit from our mole mapping services, contact us today to make an appointment.
FotoFinder works by generating accurate and extremely high-quality photographs of the entire body, to map the location and appearance of all moles. Any unusual moles will then be further examined using a digital-photo dermoscope and reviewed by a fully qualified dermatologist.
During follow up appointments, previous images can be compared with current ones by and the machine will highlight if there are any changes in moles since the previous appointment.
At the end of your appointment, you will be given all your digital images to take home on a secure USB stick. This will help you to keep an eye on your moles yourself and alert us if you have any concerns.
If you’re wondering how to get rid of moles; at DermConsult we are highly experienced in treating and removing moles, and offer a range of different removal treatments as well as our digital mole mapping service.
Benign moles can safely be left alone unless they are a cosmetic concern or are located in an area where they are frequently caught and inflamed. Moles that look suspicious of dysplasia or melanoma should be fully removed for diagnostic confirmation in the laboratory.
There are a few different mole removal methods. During your bespoke consultation, we will be able to discuss your options following your initial mole inspection or digital mole mapping appointment.
To find out more about our mole treatments, or to book a digital mole mapping appointment; get in touch with our friendly and professional team now!
If you are suffering from moles, simply get in touch and book your consultation with our friendly team. At DermConsult we’re committed to providing the very best quality care and a personalised service for each and every one of our patients. Our experienced consultant dermatologists have a dynamic and forward-thinking approach, applying the best recent evidence when diagnosing and treating their patients.