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 FRCS (Plast), 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.
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.
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 £650.00. Following an initial consultation with Mr Wilson, a bespoke quote will be provided, specific to each patient.
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