Surgical removal of skin lesions
Many of us have minor lumps and bumps that, whilst not medically worrying, can be annoying or unsightly. We offer a range of treatments including removal by excisions and cryotherapy.
Cryotherapy is a non-invasive skin treatment to remove unsightly moles, age spots, skin tags, milia and warts. This low risk procedure works by freezing the affected area to remove the blemish.
After your treatment, we recommend a follow-up visit after 2 to 4 weeks, to confirm that the treated lesions have disappeared.
We may arrange another follow-up treatment if necessary. Results may vary from person to person and some lesions may require surgical removal (excision).
Frequently asked questions
Common lumps and bumps such as:
- Skin tags
- Actinic keratoses
- Seborrheic keratoses/warts
- Benign moles including mole checks
You will be seen by your clinician who will review your skin condition/lesion and advise you on your treatment options. If it is a lesion that you would like to have removed, the risks will be discussed in depth.
We aim to offer certain treatments to be carried out during your consultation appointment itself, e.g. cryotherapy, for your time and convenience, should you would wish to commence. Patients who require minor operation (e.g. surgical excision or biopsy) will be booked into our minor operation theatre suite under controlled conditions.
There are a few side effects that may occur as a result of surgical removal of lesions, including the following:
- Return to theatres
We send all our lesions to the laboratory to confirm diagnosis. In rare cases, extension of the lesion may be seen on a microscope that cannot be seen with the naked eye, so may require another visit for a bigger area to be taken.
You will feel a small sting which can last for a few minutes after the treatment. Occasionally, a blister may form and persist for a few hours.
Cryotherapy works on all skin tones. We recommend repeated treatment at 2-week intervals for patients with darker skin.
There are a few side effects that may occur as a result of cryotherapy treatment, including the following:
- Changes in pigment (hypopigmentation or hyperpigmentation).
- Nerve damage, particularly in areas such as the fingers, wrists and behind the ears.
- Minor fragments of ice may be expelled, that will thaw on contact with healthy skin.
- Hair follicle damage and permanent hair loss.
Initial consultation £60.
Excision for single lesion from £250.
Cryotherapy from £100 for 1 lesion per session.