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Our Procedures:Moles and Cysts

Moles & cysts can be easily removed and generally only a local anaesthetic is needed

Moles and Cysts

In many cases, moles are removed for cosmetic reasons. Some people consider them to be unsightly and a cause for embarrassment and others find them annoying if they repeatedly get caught on clothing.

There are also cases where moles may be malignant and need removing for health reasons.

How will I know if a mole is dangerous?

The majority of common moles are benign and are no cause for concern, however if you notice anything unusual about a mole it is essential that you get it checked by a medical professional.

Warning signs that may indicate a malignant mole include:

A – Asymmetrical shape. Benign moles are symmetrical, so if you have an asymmetrical mole it may be a sign of Melanoma.

B – Border. The border of a malignant mole may be scalloped and uneven, whereas a benign mole will have even, smooth borders.

C – Colour. Benign moles are usually a single, even shade of brown. If a mole is uneven in colour, or if it contains a variety of colours (such as black, white, tan, blue or red), it could be an indication of Melanoma.

D – Diameter. The diameter of a malignant mole is usually larger than benign moles.

E – Evolving. It is important to look out for any changes that may be happening to moles, in particular, any changes in size, shape, elevation or colour.

What is the procedure for getting a mole removed?

Common, benign moles can be removed using two different methods:

Direct Excision – This method involves removing the mole completely from beneath the skin surface.

Shave Excision – This involves cutting the mole off to leave it flush with the skin surface.

During your consultation, you will be able to discuss the best treatment for your personal situation.

What are the pros and cons of Direct Excision?

PRO: Direct Extraction will ensure that the mole is completely removed and there will be no chance of it recurring.

CON: This method will leave a slight scar, approximately 2-3 times the width of the mole. It will heal and fade over time, however it will be reddened for a few weeks after the surgery.

What are the pros and cons of Shave Excision?

PRO: Shave Extraction will not leave any scarring.

CON: There is a 30% chance of the mole recurring.

What are Sebaceous Cysts?

Sebaceous Cysts are lumps on the skin that are generally filled with a yellow fluid. They occur as a result of sebaceous/oil glands becoming blocked.

What does the process involved for removing Sebaceous Cysts?

The procedure of removing sebaceous cysts involves the surgeon making a small opening in the skin and extracting both the cyst and the blocked pore.

What are skin tags?

Skin tags are small flaps of skin that commonly occur in areas where the skin is frequently rubbed, for example, under the breast where it comes into contact with the bra, or on the neck or chest where straps may rub.

Pregnant women often develop skin tags, as a result of hormone changes, and it is also common for overweight people to have skin tags in places where skin rubs against itself, or against clothing. Older people and those suffering from diabetes are also prone to developing skin tags.

How are skin tags removed?

In most cases, skin tags can simply be shaved off under local anaesthesia. It is a very quick procedure and patients experience very little discomfort or pain. Skin tag removal rarely leaves any kind of scarring.

How much does it cost to have moles and cysts removed?

The price for removal procedures starts at £300. Your private consultant will be able to advise you after a thorough consultation of your individual case.