Mole Removal NHS

Many people across the UK have moles on their face and their body.  Whilst for some people they may be thought of as a beauty spot or a mark that makes them different, for others they are something that in not aesthetically pleasing and something that they would like removed.  Depending on the circumstances the NHS can help patients to remove their moles.  In most cases, a skin doctor or a dermatologist will make the decision as to whether the patient can be treated on the NHS or whether they should pay for their treatment privately.

Mole Removal NHS

The best thing to do if you would like the NHS to cover your mole removal treatment is to visit your GP to discuss the situation with them.  Your GP will more than likely refer you to a skin specialist who depending on the nature of the mole, and your reasons for wanting it removed, will take a small sample of the mole (a biopsy) to test it for cancerous or pre-cancerous cells. 

In order to have the mole removed on the NHS the mole usually needs to have some health conditions attached to it.  This can be anything from the mole being a malignant melanoma to it causing you severe depression.  If the mole is not found to be affecting your life in a big way, and if it is not cancerous it is very unlikely that the NHS will fund your mole removal surgery.  Wanting the mole removed for aesthetic reasons is classed as cosmetic surgery and most cosmetic surgeries are not covered by the NHS.

Are there any other Options to Mole Removal NHS

If the NHS is unwilling to fund your mole removal surgery, do not fear as there are still ways for you to remove your mole.  If you are not worried about costs, one way is to speak to a private clinic in your area that specialises in skin complaints or mole removal.  There are numerous private clinics throughout the UK that offer this surgery.  The advantage to private surgery is that you have some input into the type of surgery performed.  There are a large number of choices to choose from and all are in different price brackets.  The waiting lists are also considerably smaller in private clinics so if you want that mole removed quickly this may be the better option.

If you want to opt for a cheaper method and a dermatologist has advised you that your mole is not cancerous then you can also opt for home remedies and over the counter mole removal creams.  Over the counter creams can cost anywhere from £20-£50, and home remedies can cost as little as £1.  There are numerous recipes and instructions online for making your own home mole removal cream and most use easy to find ingredients such as honey, garlic, apple cider vinegar and pineapple juice.  These remedies can take between a few weeks to a couple of months to work.

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