Cosmetic mole removal is a minor cosmetic surgery procedure frequently performed by Mr Chris Fenn, consultant plastic, reconstructive and cosmetic surgeon based in Leeds, West Yorkshire.

What are moles?

Clinically referred to as ‘naevi’, moles are a common type of skin lesion that can vary in colour, size and shape and can be flat or raised from the skin.
Moles generally start to develop in childhood and can continue to appear in adulthood.

What causes moles?

Genetic factors play a large part in determining whether or not a person develops moles. In addition, excessive sun exposure can also increase the likelihood of moles developing.

Whilst benign (non-cancerous) moles can be left alone, many people consider them to be unsightly – particularly if they are on the face – and opt to have them removed.

What are the benefits of mole removal?

Some people embrace their moles and consider them to be attractive beauty spots however, others often feel uncomfortable with their presence and perceive them to be ugly.

Consequently they become self-conscious about the way they look which, in turn, has a detrimental impact on their level of self-esteem.

By simply removing the mole/s, self-confidence is often restored as the person feels much happier in their appearance.

As well as the aesthetic benefits of mole removal, there are other reasons why people opt for surgery – for example, their moles/skin lesions may get in the way when shaving or rub against jewellery/clothing and cause skin irritation. These problems are usually relieved once the moles have been removed.

How do I know if the mole is cancerous?

Moles that undergo changes in size, colour or shape or ones that itch or bleed should always be looked at by a specialist. Likewise if the mole has any unusual or concerning features, it needs to be examined by a doctor. The recommendation is generally to excise the mole and send it for analysis to verify whether or not it is malignant.

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Am I suitable for mole removal surgery?

If you have a mole that you dislike and feel affects you on both a physical and emotional level then you may benefit from mole removal surgery.

If you are considering having the mole/s removed, you will need to arrange an out-patient consultation with Mr Chris Fenn. After a discussion about your medical history and an examination of your mole/s, Mr Fenn will be able to confirm whether you are suitable for mole removal surgery.

What does mole removal surgery involve?

The surgical technique used will depend on the location, size and number of moles to be removed. In most instances, the procedure is performed under a local anaesthetic and involves just a few hours stay in hospital.

Once the anaesthetic has taken effect and the area is numb, the mole can either be shaved or excised with a scalpel.

Note: if there are any concerns that the mole/lesion could be cancerous, it is sent for histology analysis. Read ‘Skin cancer’ for more information on malignant lesions.


Using a scalpel, an incision is made around the lesion – usually in the direction of the natural wrinkle lines. The mole is then removed and the cut is sutured together. Depending on the depth of the incision, the stitches are either placed on the upper surface of the skin or deep within the skin.


This technique involves the use of a scalpel to ‘shave’ the mole so that its surface is level with the skin around it, leaving a small raw area. It heals as a dry scab which drops off naturally; leaving a red mark that subsequently fades.

This method of removal is best suited for flesh coloured, non-hairy nodular moles.

How long does it take to recover?

The wound may be a little sore for the first few days but this can be managed with pain killing medication.

You can return to work almost immediately following the surgery although care should be taken to ensure the wound does not get infected.

You will need to return to the hospital to see the cosmetic surgery nursing team (you may need to have your stitches removed, depending on whether they were placed deep within the skin or on the surface of the skin) and you will also need to have a follow-up consultation with Mr Fenn.

How much does mole removal surgery cost?

The price of mole removal surgery varies depending on the size and quantity of moles to be removed. If you would like a personal quotation, contact Mr Chris Fenn’s secretary, CClaire Bartle-Coates on 0113 218 5971, email or complete an online enquiry form.

How do I find out more about mole removal?

To find out more about mole removal or to book a consultation with Mr Chris Fenn, call his secretary Claire Bartle-Coates on 0113 218 5971, email or complete an online enquiry form.