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What are clear moles?



Clear moles are flesh-coloured growths. They can be found all over the body. The can be found both flat and raised in appearance and can be caused due to a wide range of reasons including birth and development during life. Moles can change in appearance and numbers, and occasionally fade over time.

Whilst most moles are harmless, sometimes they can be a form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma. View our fact sheet on identifying malignant melanoma here.

If you do suspect your mole might be cancerous, see your doctor immediately.


Why do moles appear?


Some moles are present at birth, although most develop during the first 30 years of life. People with fair skin often have more moles than people with darker skin.

You are more likely to develop lots of moles, or a certain type of mole, if they are common in your family.

Where you were brought up may also make a difference – for example, if you have spent a lot of time in the sun, you may have a lot of small moles.

Moles can change in number and appearance. Some fade away over time, often without you realising. They also sometimes respond to hormonal changes, for example during:

  • pregnancy – when they may get slightly darker

  • teenage years – when they increase in number

  • older age – when they may disappear from 40 to 50 years of age onwards


What are the different types of moles?


There are many different types of moles, the most common are:

  • junctional melanocytic naevi – these are usually brown, round and flat

  • dermal melanocytic naevi – these are usually raised, pale and sometimes hairy

  • compound melanocytic naevi – these are usually raised above the skin, light brown and sometimes hairy

Rarer types of moles include:

  • halo naevi – moles surrounded by a white ring where the skin has lost its colour

  • dysplastic or atypical naevi (also known as Clark naevi) – unusual looking and slightly larger moles that can be a range of colours and either flat or bumpy

  • blue naevi – dark blue moles


Are moles dangerous?

The majority of moles are not dangerous, however, they’re something you have to keep an eye on throughout your life. If your moles start to change shape or bleed, you should book a doctors appointment. This is because sometimes they can be a form of skin cancer called malignant melanoma.

View our fact sheet on identifying malignant melanoma here.

If you do suspect your mole might be cancerous, see your doctor immediately.


Can moles be removed?


Depending on their type, moles can be decreased or even removed altogether using advanced electrolysis.


How does advanced electrolysis work?

At Appearances Aesthetics, we offer advanced electrolysis to treat warts. This is a heat treatment where a probe is inserted into the area and a current is applied. The heat current is held on from 5-20 seconds whilst it is inserted into the mole to destroy and cauterise the lesion.

Does advanced electrolysis hurt?


We recommend you apply a topical anaesthetic cream thickly, covered with a plaster one hour prior to the treatment to minimise discomfort during the treatment. Such creams are available from any chemist or pharmacy, such as Emla or Amitop.


Are there any side effects from the treatment?


There is no recovery time as such from advanced electrolysis; you can return to work and normal activities immediately after a treatment.

Depending on the particular skin condition being treated and the size of it, you can expect some post treatment discomfort and scabbing as the area heals.

If the area being treated is on your face, you may wish to plan treatment around social events if you do not wish to attend them before post-treatment healing has completed.


Is there any danger of infection?

Any instrument used in contact with the skin is disposed of after each use. This is especially important with the needle and the needle holder. All areas are sterilised, at least twice, with a specialised skin and instrument disinfectant.

How do I book an appointment?


To book an appointment, click here.

- Do you have any major health conditions? e.g. heart, blood, diabetes, warfarin
- We cannot perform during pregnancy 
- Treatment must be 4 weeks prior to any sun/swim holiday or special occasion, to let the natural healing occur which takes up to a month.
- For your comfort, we suggest purchasing a topical anaesthetic (e.g. Emla) from your local pharmacy. Apply as directed 1 hour prior and occlude with a plaster or cling film. NB. DO NOT APPLY AROUND EYE AREA, HAND MUST BE WASHED AFTER USE

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