£175 Consultation I £250 Shave Removal
A Benign Intradermal Naevus is a type of mole that is commonly found on the face, neck or scalp. They look like small, raised dome-shaped bumps above the surface of the skin.
Most Intradermal Naevi are skin-coloured, although some may be slightly brown in colour. The surface of these moles may also contain darker flecks of pigmentation or small dilated blood vessels. The surface is usually smooth, but occasionally moles may be warty-looking or bumpy in appearance. Most are smaller than 1cm in size. They have a rubbery texture when touched and may have hairs growing through them.
Although they are harmless, some people find them cosmetically embarrassing, or they interfere with shaving, combing hair or applying makeup.
A Benign Intradermal Naevus can be easily removed by a technique called Shave Removal. First, the area is cleaned with an antiseptic solution and the area injected with a local anaesthetic to make the mole and surrounding skin numb. Next, the mole is carefully sliced off level to the skin and gentle cautery is used to stop any small bleeding points. It usually takes around 10 - 14 days for the area to heal.
For most people, removal of a Benign Intradermal Naevus by Shave Removal leaves a slight, flat scar that is skin-coloured and hardly noticeable.
However, some people may be more prone to scarring after a surgical procedure, depending on how well they heal, their lifestyle, the size of the original mole and its position on the face or neck. Possible complications of Shave Removal include a dipped-in scar which may look paler than the surrounding normal skin, a raised red scar, brown pigmentation in the scar or an irregular looking scar. The risk of developing one of these complications is increased when a large Benign Intradermal Naevus is removed.
For these reasons, Shave Removal is best suited for small Benign Intradermal Naevi that are 6mm or less in size to reduce the chance of a noticeable scar developing. Larger moles are best removed by Excision – where the mole is cut out with a scalpel blade and the area closed with stitches. Excision is not available at Stafford Skincare - Lichfield.
A Consultation is required prior to any surgery, which includes examination of the mole with a Dermatoscope and a full discussion of the pros and cons of Shave Removal before signing Consent Forms for the procedure.
It is recommended that all moles are sent for analysis - histology examination - to be absolutely certain that they are harmless. The Price List gives details of the cost to remove a Benign Intradermal Naevus with histology examination.