Skin Lesion Excisions
Everyone likes to have clear skin. However, a person may develop moles and skin tags. These growths and marks are generally harmless but can be unsightly. They can be easily removed at our clinic in Watford under local anaesthetics. Skin growths can often become uncomfortable or painful, especially in areas which are in contact with undergarments. In addition to marks and growths, skin cancers may develop, in particular when a person is overexposed to UV light from the sun, sunbeds and sunlamps. Skin cancers are one of the most common cancers in the world and develop on the upper layers of the skin, making them easily treatable.
Before the procedure, you will have a full consultation with a consultant plastic surgeon. The procedure is carefully explained and discussed. If necessary, there are a number of skin biopsies which can be carried out in a laboratory to confirm whether the area in question is cancerous. These may include incision/excision, shave and punch biopsies. Consultations are included in the full price of the procedure.
- Mole Removal
The area is cleaned with an antibacterial preparation. The surgeon carefully cuts around the mole using an oval (elliptical) cut. Harmless mole removal can also be achieved by deep shaving. The mole may then be sent for a laboratory analysis. The wound is then closed using dissolvable stitches. This is done under local anaesthetics and you can go home and continue with normal activities straight away. Paracetamol can be taken to relieve any minor pain.
- Skin Tag Removal
After the area has been cleaned using antibacterial wipes, the area surrounding the skin tag is numbed with local anesthetics. The tag is then removed with either a small blade and diathermy or a freezing agent. The patient can return to normal activities straight away and paracetamol is taken to relieve any minor pain.
- Skin Cancer Removal
In order to diagnose whether a skin lesion is cancerous or benign, the surgeon begins by examining the lesion under magnification. The lesion will be removed along with a thin layer of skin surrounding it using a scalpel (thin blade). If the lesion proves malignant, further treatment may be required. The wound is sealed with stitches. This can be done under local anaesthetics.
Patients are advised to return one week after the procedure followed by another consultation six weeks post-operatively. Both consultations are included in the full price of the procedure. During these consultations the operated area is inspected and the dressing is removed.
The surgeon may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection and mild painkillers to relieve pain.
It is possible for skin lesions to come back, in which case further procedure may be required.
The procedure usually results in a small scar, depending on the size and depth of operated area. The scar fades away over a period of 3 months to 2 years.
The procedure takes place at MACS clinic in Watford, Hertfordshire.