Mole, cyst, wart & skin tag removal

Removal of moles and other unsightly but harmless skin growths such as cysts, warts, skin tags, lipomas & keloid scars are generally considered minor surgical procedures and after a consultation with Mr Sherif Wilson MB, ChB, MS, FRCS (Plastic Surgery), can be removed quickly.

Most people have 10 to 40 moles. Benign (non-cancerous) lesions can simply be left alone however you may wish for them to be removed if they are aesthetically unpleasing, or they could be impractical and rub/catch on clothing. If this is the case, then Mr Wilson can excise any lesions you may have using one of the below techniques. Removed lesions can be sent to the laboratory for histological analysis. Skin lesions are usually removed under local anaesthetic as a ‘walk in walk out procedure’ and heal relatively quickly.

Shave excision

This is when a mole is sliced off at the base. This is the simplest and quickest way to remove a mole that is raised up from the skin. It may well be the best option where there is little spare skin to enable a wound to be closed without distortion (for example on the nose). Of course, this technique leaves a scar that is the same size and shape as the footprint of the mole; this might not be a problem and can easily be covered with makeup. Because the base is not removed, there is a chance of the mole re-growing in the future.

Formal excision

This is where the mole, and the skin beneath it, is completely removed, usually with a very narrow margin around the edge, with the aim of preventing it ever coming back. The resulting wound is usually elliptical in shape and is closed with stitches. This gives a straight-line scar, which is positioned in the best possible orientation to ensure that it is as hard as possible to notice once it has healed.

Skin cancer removal

Skin cancers are usually removed with a margin of normal skin around them: this is tailored to the diagnosis, taking into account the site on the body and the patient’s wishes. Once the tumour is removed, a reconstruction may be required. Options include skin grafting and ‘flap’ reconstruction. Mr Wilson will discuss what is required and recommend the appropriate options for you.

Curettage and cautery

Some superficial skin lesions are removed in this way; they are carefully ‘scraped’ from the surface with a special instrument, and the resulting wound is cauterised to prevent bleeding leaving a graze type wound. It is then treated with antiseptic ointment and heals well in a week or two.

Assessment for this surgery

Before you go ahead with any minor procedure, it’s important you understand how it works and what it will look like after. Mr Wilson will be more than happy to meet with you as many times as you need to ensure you are comfortable and happy before the minor procedure takes place.

Going home after surgery

Minor procedures usually take between 30 minutes and an hour to perform. You will have a waterproof dressing over the wound and will be able to go home straight away. If Mr Wilson has used dissolvable stitches then you will not need to return to the hospital unless you want to see Mr Wilson for a check-up. If Mr Wilson has used sutures you will need to be seen at 7-10 days for these to be removed. Dressings can usually be removed after 1 week but Mr Wilson will advise this as it is different for everyone.

How much does a minor procedure cost?

Depending on the type of procedure you require, the cost of this surgery can vary. Minor procedures start from £700.00. Following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient.


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Mole, cyst, wart & skin tag removal

Jen MooreJen Moore
10:12 01 Jun 23
I recently underwent a surgical procedure at Spire Clinic on 21st March 2023, under the expert care of Mr Wilson, and I am delighted to share my overwhelmingly positive experience. From the moment I walked through the doors of the clinic until my complete recovery, the service I received was nothing short of exceptional.First and foremost, I must express my sincere gratitude to Mr Wilson. His professionalism, expertise, and compassionate approach were evident from our very first meeting. He took the time to thoroughly explain the procedure, addressing all my concerns and ensuring I had a complete understanding of what to expect. His calm and reassuring demeanor put me at ease, instilling confidence in his abilities as a surgeon.The facilities at Spire Clinic were outstanding. The clinic's clean and welcoming environment helped alleviate any pre-operative anxieties I had. The staff members were friendly, approachable, and always ready to assist me with any questions or requests. From the receptionists to the nurses and support staff, everyone demonstrated a high level of competence and professionalism.Throughout my stay, the nursing team provided attentive care, ensuring my comfort and well-being at all times. They were highly knowledgeable, offering post-operative support and guidance that played a crucial role in my smooth recovery process. Their commitment to patient care was evident in their prompt response to any concerns or discomforts I experienced, making me feel valued and reassured.The post-operative follow-up care I received was exceptional. Mr Wilson regularly checked in on my progress and provided detailed explanations about the healing process. His willingness to address any post-surgery concerns, no matter how minor, further underscored his dedication to ensuring my complete recovery and satisfaction.The administrative staff at Spire Clinic also deserve commendation. They efficiently handled all aspects of my stay, including scheduling appointments, coordinating with my insurance provider, and addressing any billing inquiries. Their professionalism and attention to detail contributed to a seamless and hassle-free experience.In summary, my experience at Spire Clinic, under the care of Mr. Wilson, was exemplary. The clinic's commitment to excellence, paired with Mr. Wilson's expertise and compassionate care, made a significant impact on my overall satisfaction with the service I received. I would highly recommend Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson to anyone in need of surgical care, confident that they will provide the same exceptional level of service that I was fortunate enough to experience.Thank you, Spire Clinic and Mr. Wilson, for your unwavering commitment to patient well-being and for exceeding my expectations at every step of my journey!!
Millie TaylorMillie Taylor
09:06 17 May 23
There are so many options when considering surgery, it can be a bit overwhelming as it's such a huge decision. Sherif was recommended to me by a friend of a friend, who talked very highly of him and his work. My first consultation with Sherif was informative and relaxed, there was no pressure to progress with the surgery and I felt I was in good hands. I was given time and space to make my decision, and felt comfortable asking any further questions. The surgery itself went smoothly, I felt safe and well looked after. My recovery went better than I'd imagined and I was comfortably back at work within 2 weeks. I'm now 11 weeks post op and I'm loving the results - it really is life changing, and I'm so glad I did it, and chose Sherif to do it. Huge thanks to him and his team.
lauren priestleylauren priestley
21:56 01 Aug 22
At my first consultation with Mr Wilson he made me feel comfortable and after explaining how specific I wanted my surgery to look, he took so much time explaining the procedure and answered all my questions and advised me on what my best option was.I am so pleased with the results.Him and all his lovely team were highly professional, helpful and very supportive during my surgery and during my post surgery follow up appointments.I cannot express enough how talented Mr Wilson is and I would highly recommend him.
Charmaine GriffinCharmaine Griffin
11:16 28 Jul 22
The service received from Mr Wilson and his secretary has been amazing. Kim has always been prompt and professional with all of our contact. At the initial consultation with Mr Wilson, he made me comfortable and at ease. Mr Wilson has always been so kind and considerate and made sure that he explained the options available to me and what each option would include. Mr Wilson was clear about what the results of each option would likely provide and the risks involved. On the day of my surgery Mr Wilson came to see me prior to the surgery to check that I was happy. The results of the surgery were better than I could ever have imagined. I got a small infection a couple of weeks after surgery and Mr Wilson got me in to see him the same day, provided me with antibiotics and it cleared up right away. I'm now 7 weeks post surgery and feeling right back to normal.
Ashleigh GoodwinAshleigh Goodwin
22:12 04 May 22
Wow, I honestly don’t even know where to start. I guess a MASSIVE thank you to Mr Wilson, he has quite frankly changed my life. From the moment I met him I knew that he was the surgeon for me, he listened to what I wanted, was very understanding and caring, he was honest with the outcome and explained everything perfectly. I knew that I had to have him as my surgeon for my Breast Reduction, the minute I left the consultation I booked my surgery, I only had 7 weeks to wait, I was beyond excited. About a week before the surgery I came to see Mr Wilson again just to settle my nerves, and he did just that. My surgery went incredibly well, I felt amazing and just so excited to see the results, I had no complications whatsoever and pain was minimal, the heeling process was so so smooth too. One year on and I am still on cloud nine, the scars are basically non existent and my new breasts are PERFECT. I’m not over exaggerating when I say Mr Wilson has changed my life, he really has done just that, and I will be forever grateful. Will recommend Mr Wilson over and over again to anyone wanting ANY surgery with him. He is incredible!