Moles, skin tags, cysts and warts are skin growths that are usually completely harmless but can look unsightly. They are usually harmless but can become troublesome if they catch on clothing or you cut them while shaving. They can also be large, noticeable and situated in a prominent place, making you feel self-conscious about the way you look.
Many people choose to have them removed privately.
If you have a skin lesion such as a mole, cyst, wart or skin tag and would like it removed, it is usually a simple procedure. You may want to take this step because it may be painful and restricting your movement. Or it could look unsightly and it is having a negative effect on your self-confidence, especially if it is on the face or another visible part of your body.
Removal is a relatively straightforward procedure that is usually done under local anaesthesia – so you won’t feel any discomfort and you’ll be able to go home the same day.
If you decide to have your treatment with us, you will be looked after by an experienced multi-disciplinary care team.
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You will have a formal consultation with a healthcare professional. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history, symptoms and raise any concerns that you might have.
We will also discuss with you whether any further diagnostic tests, such as scans or blood tests, are needed. Any additional costs will be discussed before further tests are carried out.
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Our dedicated team will also give you tailored advice to follow in the run up to your visit.
We understand that any medical procedure can be a cause of anxiety – even if it’s a relatively straightforward one like this. That’s why our experienced and caring medical staff will be there for you every step of the way.
The affected area of skin will be numbed with a local anaesthetic before the doctor starts the removal procedure. If you’re worried about the procedure the doctor may also give you a sedative to make you feel more relaxed.
The exact technique used will depend on size and location, but moles and larger lesions are usually removed with a scalpel, the wound closed with stitches and then covered with a temporary dressing.
Warts will be frozen off with cold liquid nitrogen gas or destroyed with a precision high-energy laser while skin tags are normally 'snipped' off with surgical scissors.
We will have discussed with you the best technique for you beforehand.
This is a routine day case or outpatient procedure, so patients can leave as soon as they are ready to be discharged.
You will probably experience some soreness after the anaesthetic wears off. We will give you medication while you’re with us and to take home to help ease any pain.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you've left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
You won’t need to take time off work and you should be able to return to your normal activities straight away.
Avoid getting the incision site wet for the first few days. It's quite normal for a scab to develop and this will generally heal within a week or two. Any inflammation will usually disappear within a few weeks too.
The operation will usually leave a scar. How big and noticeable this will be depends on the exact operation. Most scars fade significantly over the first year. We will also give you advice on how to reduce the appearance of your scar, such as gently massaging the site after your stitches have been removed.
Even after you’ve left hospital, we’re still looking after you every step of the way.
On rare occasions, complications can occur following treatment. If you experience any of these symptoms –
Please call us straight away as you might have an infection. Your consultant will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns we’re ready to help.
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The treatment described on this page may be adapted to meet your individual needs, so it's important to follow your healthcare professional's advice and raise any questions that you may have with them.
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