When Should You Get A Mole Removed?

People remove moles for a few reasons:

  • For early detection and prevention of skin cancer.
  • Bothersome ( e.g. may be rubbing against clothing), or causes irritation
  • For cosmetic reasons

Common Methods of Mole Removal in Singapore

  • Surgical Excision: This is a common method for removing larger moles, or those that might be cancerous. The dermatologist numbs the area around the mole with local anaesthesia and then cuts out the entire mole and a margin of skin around it using a scalpel or a punch device. The wound is then closed with stitches. This method is often used when the mole needs to be examined for cancer cells.
  • Shave Excision: Often used for smaller moles that are raised above the skin. The area around the mole is numbed, and then the dermatologist uses a small blade to shave off the mole close to the level of the surrounding skin.
  • Laser Removal: For tiny, non-cancerous moles that are located at the surface or just below the skin. The dermatologist uses bursts of light radiation to break down the pigment cells in the lesion.

Types Of Moles

These are common moles which develop after birth. Typically small, round, and uniform in colour, appearing anywhere on the body and generally not requiring treatment unless they become bothersome or change in appearance.

  • These are unusual looking moles that have irregular borders, uneven colour, and larger size.
  • They may resemble melanoma and having multiple atypical moles is considered a risk factor for developing melanoma.
  • Because of their suspicious or atypical appearance, these are usually removed by surgery and sent for histological examination.

Present at birth and vary in size and shape, depending on their size and location.

This usually affects children and young adults. Often well-defined and dome-shaped, Spitz nevi can range from pink to red, or brown. may resemble melanoma but are usually benign.

Characterised by a lighter ring or “halo” surrounding the mole that are generally harmless.

Billing & Insurance

Private and Corporate Insurance

You can use your Integrated Shield Plans to pay for certain procedures. Speak to us to learn more, and you’ll be surprised at how affordable private healthcare can be. 

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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS (S'pore) MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)

Special Interests In:
  • Paediatric Dermatology
  • Women’s Dermatology
  • Procedural Dermatology & Lasers

Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
  • Specialist Accreditation Board, Dermatology (Singapore)
  • FAMS (Academy of Medicine of Singapore, Singapore)
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Mole removal is generally not painful as local anaesthesia is used to numb the area before the procedure. Patients may experience slight discomfort or pressure during the treatment, but the pain is usually manageable.

    Recovery time varies depending on the removal method used, but most patients can expect to heal within 1 to 3 weeks.

    Scarring is a potential side effect of mole removal, but the degree and visibility of the scar depend on factors like the mole’s size, location, and removal technique.

    In rare cases, a mole may grow back after removal, especially if some mole cells were left behind during the procedure. If a mole does grow back, consult your dermatologist for further evaluation and possible retreatment.

    Moles that change in size, shape, or colour, cause discomfort, or show signs of potential skin cancer should be evaluated by a dermatologist.

    Mole removal itself does not cause cancer.

    No, do not attempt to remove a mole yourself without medical training, as it can lead to infection, scarring, and other complications.

    Yes, moles can be completely removed through various methods such as surgical excision, depending on the type and characteristics of the mole.