Mole removal at Oxona Healthcare
The first priority is to check the moles using a Dermoscope. All our doctors are experienced in assessing moles. Should the doctor consider a mole safe to be removed they will discuss your options and pricing with you during your pre-operative appointment. This is an important stage of the process as there are two main methods to mole removal, which result in different outcomes and suit different circumstances.
Will it be painful?
Oxona Healthcare offer mole removal at our clinics in Oxford, St Albans and Didcot. All clinics offer both options – the Shave Excision and the Ellipse excision. Both are considered minor surgery meaning the surgery will be conducted whilst you are awake using a small amount of local anaesthetic. The procedure itself is painless, but the wound may be a little uncomfortable for a few days afterwards. The information below outlines the key differences between the two removal techniques.
1. Minimally Invasive: Shave excision involves the removal of the mole by shaving off the upper layers of the skin, making it a less invasive option compared to ellipse excision.
2. Quick Procedure: Shave excision is generally a quicker procedure compared to ellipse excision, which can save you time both during the procedure and recovery.
3. Minimal Scarring: This method typically results in smaller scars compared to ellipse excision, making it a preferred choice for moles located in highly visible areas.
4. Healing Time: A shave excision often heals faster than an ellipse excision as the incision is not as deep, and does not require stitches.
1. Risk of Incomplete Removal: There is a slight risk that some mole cells may remain beneath the skin surface, potentially leading to regrowth. This is more common in the under 30s.
2. Limited to Certain Types of Moles: Shave excision is best suited for raised or protruding moles. Flat or deep moles may require alternative methods for removal. It is usually not suitable for young people as their moles can sit very deep in the bottom layer of the skin.
1. Comprehensive Removal: Ellipse excision allows for complete removal of the mole, virtually eliminating the likelihood of regrowth.
2. Histological Examination: The excised tissue can be sent to a histopathology laboratory to confirm the nature and extent of the mole, providing peace of mind.
3. Versatile: Ellipse excision can be used for a wider variety of mole types, including those that are flat or have irregular borders.
1. Scarring: This method typically results in a long, thin scar, as it involves removing the mole and a surrounding margin of healthy tissue. The excision is usually at least three times the diameter of the mole. However, scarring can often be minimized with careful excision, secure stitching, and proper wound care.
2. More Invasive: Ellipse excision is a more invasive procedure compared to shave excision, and recovery may take a bit longer. If you are an active individual or play sports, shave excision may provide better results as there is less tension on the wound.
How much will it cost?
All patients will require a pre-operative appointment priced at £110. During this appointment the doctor will provide an exact costing for the different removal options. Prices start at £165 for a mole shave up to £565 for an ellipse excision. Multiple moles removed during the same session see a significant fee reduction of around 50%. All our prices are transparent and can be found on our pricing page. If we need to send samples to Histopathology, your doctor will advise. The cost of this is £115.
How do I book an appointment?
In the first instance you will require a ‘pre-operative appointment‘ so the doctor can discuss all your options and assess your mole for removal. You can book directly online or you can give us a ring on 01865 965 027 where our helpful reception team can advise, provide estimated prices and book appointments for you.
Do I need to have a pre-op consultation?
Yes, all patients require a pre-op consultation prior to any surgical treatment. During this appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions, and the doctor will discuss the procedure and outcomes, while also providing an exact costing. The doctor may provide different options for surgical treatments. You are advised to take your time to consider the available methods of mole removal to get the best outcome for you.
Can I claim for my appointment on insurance?
You need to speak to your insurer prior to your appointment. Some insurers will reimburse you for the appointment, but you will need to present any documentation at the time of your appointment for the doctor to sign. Please note that all our doctors are registered with the GMC on the GP register not the consultant register. Please ensure you make this clear to your insurers at the outset.
What if I am concerned the mole may be cancerous?
All moles are carefully checked visually and with a dermoscope. This is a hand held magnifier allowing detailed examination of the architecture of the mole. Our doctors are all highly trained in recognising concerning lesions. If the doctor is worried then they will discuss this with you and offer treatment options, including removing the mole in our clinic; referring you back to the NHS (without going back to your GP) or onward to another private provider.
Please do use our blog post on the ACBDE rules for moles here. It has been developed with the lay person in mind to help distinguish benign moles from malignant ones.
When might a shave excision not be suitable?
In around 80% of cases the doctor will give you the option for both ellipse and shave excisions. However, shave excisions have a higher chance of recurrence in the under 30s so may not always be suitable. Similarly, if the doctor is concerned about the mole and advises to send it to histopathology then they will normally advise an ellipse excision with a wide margin.
How much is post-operative care?
Oxona includes all post-operative care in your pricing. You will never be charged for any stitch removal appointments or follow-up appointments if you are worried about the wound or want it checking after surgery. Our pricing is transparent. There will never be any hidden costs.
How long does it take to heal after a mole removal procedure?
Your doctor will carefully discuss post-operative care with you at the time of your procedure. Generally, this involves looking after the wound and keeping it clean. Swimming and bathing is not advised for a day or two immediately following the procedure but otherwise you are free to go about normal life with a bit of additional care. Oxona will provide you with dressings and written post-operative care leaflets.
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How it works
From the moment you book your appointment to post-treatment care, we’re here to support you.
- Booking your appointment
With Oxona, there’s no need for a referral and you can book your appointment online, over the phone or by email. All appointments require a pre-paid deposit due at the time of booking.
Our specialists will give you the time you need to discuss your problem, making sure you are truly heard. Your questions will be answered with understanding and impartial advice, so you feel ready to make an informed decision.
- Treatment plan
Our treatment plans are based on you as an individual, rather than off the shelf. Taking into account your symptoms, medical history and any anxieties, we’ll explore all available options and respect your decisions.
Your care doesn’t end after your treatment. Our team are on hand to offer free post-operative support, and to answer any questions about your treatment plan.