Moles, skin tags, warts and more

Moles, skin tags, warts and more

Removing unwanted or unsightly skin lesions are easy at Medicetics with our one-stop service. You can have a consultation, diagnosis and treatment all in one appointment with the latest mole removal techniques, laser, surgical excision and radiosurgery. Many moles can be removed leaving little or no scar.

Skin surgery for unwanted moles, warts, lumps and bumps is very common in the UK, however, this is no longer available for non-suspicious moles on the NHS.

Moles, freckles, skin tags and lentigos.

We have many different types of pigmented spots on our skin nearly all of which are benign.

mole (naevi) is a small nest of pigment-producing cells (melanocytes) that instead of sitting evenly in the skin have collected in a small cluster or nest of cells.

There are lots of different types and sizes of moles:

1.Congenital naevi (mole) – these are present at birth in 1:100 people and have a slightly higher risk than normal moles of becoming abnormal or cancerous. Congenital moles are described as small naevi, medium naevi, giant naevi and hairy congenital naevi.

2.Epidermal moles (naevi) are warty like lines of moles usually found on the trunk but very rarely on the face. They are nearly always benign and can be removed by radiosurgery or by laser.

Epidermal mole

Epidermal mole

 

3.Sebaceous naevus is a type of epidermal mole. They are benign moles that often occur in the scalp, again it is an overgrowth of the upper epidermis. They can be removed by surgery, radiosurgery or laser. A pathologist should check all specimens to make sure that no new growths have arisen inside the mole.

4. Comedo naevus is a hair follicle naevus. Pigmentation arises around a dilated hair follicle and when these are multiple it gives the appearance of a mole, the dilated follicles fill with keratin. It is possible to improve the appearance with tretinoin, salicylic acid or using laser treatments. In some treatments, excision is required to remove the lesion.

5.Becker naevus This is a late onset naevus that occurs mostly in males. Due to an overgrowth of pigment and hair follicles. It is a single large pigmented patch that can become quite hairy after puberty. The cause is not well understood but may have a link to testosterone as it appears just after puberty.

Mole removal before and after

Mole removal before and after

There are numerous mole removal procedures that can be used depending on the type of skin lesion that is being removed. We have all of these available at Medicetics and your Doctor will examine your skin lesion with a special instrument called a Dermatoscope he can then let you know which type of removal is appropriate.

 

Before and afters

Mole removal performed at Medicetics using radiosurgery

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FAQs

FAQs

 

 

Moles should be checked regularly for any changes or if they start to itch, crust or bleed.

Dermoscopic examination of a mole at Medicetics

Dermoscopic examination of a mole at Medicetics

By definition, a mole is as any dark spot or irregularity in the skin. However, skin marks such as birthmarks, hemangiomas (abnormal blood vessels) and keratoses (benign or precancerous spots that usually appear after the age of 30years) are not removed using the methods discussed here.

Mole/ skin lesion removal methods

Mole/ skin lesion removal methods

Skin surgery has moved on a lot in the last few years. Many skin lesions that may have left unsightly scars in the past can now be safely removed and leave barely a skin blemish.

At Medicetics we use radiosurgery, laser, cryotherapy (freezing), surgical excision, shave excision and plasma to remove skin lesions. As a specialist centre, we will be able to offer the best treatment available in the UK to you.

This is the gold standard for removing many types of skin lesions and with most, it will not even leave a skin blemish.

Medicetics is one of the few clinics in London that perform radiosurgery.

Unlike normal electrosurgery, the ultra-high frequency reduces thermal damage of the lower layer of skin and therefore the risk of any scarring.

The area is numbed with a small injection of anaesthetic. If the lesion is very large or if we need to send off the specimen for histology your doctor may shave off a piece of the lesion. The rest of it will then be removed with radiosurgery.

After treatment a small dressing is applied for 2 days and post care advice is given.

It is worth checking if a clinic has real radiosurgery rather than electrosurgery.