Moles are blemishes of various sizes and colours that are often commonly seen on the body or face. They can be flat or raised, and can be a variety of shapes. Although most moles are harmless, it is important to ensure a doctor examines any mole that changes shape, colour or starts to irritate. The treatment used to remove moles varies according to the location, shape, condition and size of the mole.
Moles may be removed by two common surgical methods; excision (cutting) possibly followed by stitches or excision with cauterisation (a tool to burn away the mole).
How Emla can help during mole removal surgery
Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream (numbing cream) and is used to reduce pain before a variety of procedures. Situations might include use before an injection, drawing blood or minor skin surgeries such as mole removal. It contains a tried and trusted formula of liodocaine and prilocaine. When used one hour before procedures Emla cream can help numb the pain. Emla can be left in place for up five hours.
Emla cream is put on to the skin in a thick layer. The usual dose is 2 g applied for 1 to 5 hours under a dressing.
* We recommend you speak to the practitioner who will be carrying out the mole removal procedure before using Emla.
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Essential Information: Emla is a topical anaesthetic cream containing a tried and trusted formula of lidocaine and prilocaine that can help numb needle pain.1 Apply 60 minutes* before the procedure. *This time may need to be adjusted depending on age, body area and procedure. Available from your local pharmacist without prescription, Emla costs £5.10 (RRP) for a two-dose pack and includes two occlusive dressings. Always read the leaflet.
Emla is a registered trademark of the AstraZeneca group of companies
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