Moles

What are Moles?


Moles are collections of pigment producing cells (known as melanocytes) that reside towards the top layer of the skin. Moles generally can be flesh-coloured, brown, blue or black. The majority of moles on skin are flat but raised moles are commonly seen.

Cause


Moles occur when cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These cells are called melanocytes, and they make the pigment that gives skin its natural colour. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during the teen years, and during pregnancy. Moles vary in appearance or size; they may be raised above the skin or completely flat, unpigmented or dark in tone and with or without hairs. Typically, a clear edge marks the perimeter of the mole.

Results from ACP

A mole itself is easily treated. A number of techniques are used all using diathermy (AC). The first treatment will visibly reduce the mole by up to three quarters of its size and then a follow up treatment can smooth it so that it is flat to the skin. The colour can never be guaranteed to exactly match the surrounding skin but if the mole is much darker the remaining skin, following treatment, will almost certainly be lighter.


How many treatments?


Depending on the size of the mole, some people may need one or two treatments.

Please be aware GP approval will be needed prior to treatment.