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Minor Surgery

Removal of Moles, Skin Tags and Cysts. Removal of benign skin blemishes for mainly cosmetic reasons.

All our minor surgery is carried out by Dr Sean Holt, who has been safely performing these procedures for many years within the NHS.

What are moles?


Moles are a small cluster of coloured spots on the skin. They are made up of cells called melanocytes which produce the colour or pigment in your skin. Moles may darken after sun exposure, during pregnancy or puberty and can vary in colour from pink, brown or black. They may appear flat, raised oval or circular and is common for the average adult to have between 10 and 40 on their body. For many people some moles in more prominent places can feel unsightly or give discomfort if they catch on clothing or jewellery.

What is a skin tag?

Skin tags are small, brown or flesh coloured growths that protrude from the skin. They can be found anywhere on the body but most typically in areas where the skin rubs against itself. Although generally harmless many people find them aesthetically unappealing.
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What is a sebaceous cyst?


Sebaceous cysts are non cancerous cysts of the skin that may contain a collection of fluid called sebum. They are commonly found on the face neck and torso and can be uncomfortable if left.

What do procedures involve?

During an initial consultation we will assess the lesion(s) to be removed. Should there be any concerns regarding the nature of the mole we would refer you back to your GP for investigations.

We use two main methods of mole removal shaving and excision.

Shaving
Many moles protruding from the skin can be shaved away by the use of a scalpel following a local anaesthetic. This methods requires no stitches and may leave a small pink/white scar.

Excision
Under local anaesthetic a scalpel is used to cut away the mole and a border of the skin around it. A small suture is required which will leave a small line of scarring.

The method to be used will depend on the mole and will be explained to you at consultation.

Both methods are quick and take around 30 minutes to complete.

For the safety or our clients all our moles are sent for expert histology analysis to ensure no cancer is present. These charges are included in the price.

After the procedure?

After the procedure you will be given instructions. Generally the wound will need to be covered by a dressings for a few days and the wound kept reasonable dry. Sutures tend to be removed in 5 -14 days depending on the site of the body.

Cost?

The cost of the procedure will be finalised at the consultation.

However, generally removal of 1 – 3 similar lesions cost £300

(except for lesion that are excised and then sutured, these will very likely be charged individually), further lesions will be charged £50 for each lesion.