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Clinically, there are several different types of moles and a tendency to develop moles runs, to some extent in families. Other types of moles can be stimulated by exposure to strong ultraviolet light. Some of these moles are flat and some are raised. Generally speaking those brown moles, which are evenly pigmented with a very regular outline, do not give cause for any clinical concern about the possibility of malignant change. You should consult your GP if you are worried about your moles.
The introduction of resurfacing lasers has made removal of these simple compound naevi on the face much easier and the cosmetic results are generally very good, with very little in the way of scarring or marks after the procedure. This is carried out by a experienced Consultant Plastic Surgeon.
It is unusual to develop complications after laser mole removal. Sometimes the surface of the treated skin may be slightly raised or slightly lower than the surrounding area, although this blends in with time. As the root of the mole is not removed, it can recur but this can be easily retreated. Pigmented moles can also re-pigment after treatment.
A small wound will be present after treatment and may require a dressing. This usually heals within a week. The treated area will be sensitive to the sun for some months and you should use a sunscreen SPF30 for about 6 months.