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What is Mole, Cyst, Wart & Skin Tag Removal

If you have a skin lesion for example a mole, cyst, wart or skin tag and would like it removed, it is a very simple procedure. People seek their removal for a number of different reasons; for example because it has become painful, it is unsightly or perhaps it is in an inconvenient position, or you are just not happy.

The most common procedure performed is mole removal. Moles are blemishes of various sizes and colours, from pink flesh tones, to dark brown or black. They can be a variety of shapes, however generally can be flat or raised. In most cases no, the majority of moles do not represent a risk to your health, however it is important to ensure a Doctor examines any mole that changes shape, colour, starts to irritate or bleed. A Doctor should always be asked to assess a mole to advise on whether it is an indication of something serious.

Warts, cysts and skin tags can also be troublesome, especially if they are in an exposed area such as the face or neck. These types of skin lesion very rarely represent a more serious problem and can be removed simply and quickly.

If required, all moles, skin tags warts or cysts can be sent for further testing (histology); your expert surgeon will be able to advise you if this is necessary.

The Procedure

Most moles, warts. cysts and skin tags are removed surgically. In the vast majority of cases, only local anaesthetic is used, meaning you will be awake but the area is completely numb. There are sometimes other methods of removal available including lasers or chemical or freezing treatments. All your options will be fully explained at your free consultation.

Later Progress

Following the procedure, you may feel a little sore but simple analgesia such as paracetamol are normally all that is required. Moles, cysts and skin tags will not return once removed. There is a small chance that a wart may return, in which case it can be treated again.

How long does the procedure take?

The procedure normally takes 20-40 minutes.

How long do the results last?

Once the mole is removed, it will not return.

Will the procedure hurt?

The procedure can be uncomfortable, so local anaesthetic is normally used in the area.

How many sessions will I need?

Only one session is required for mole removal.

When can I go back to normal day-to-day activities?

You can go back to normal activities the same day. Though we recommend you avoid excessive heat for about two weeks after (e.g. sunbathing, sunbeds, saunas). There may be some bruising in the area so you may want to consider this if you are planning trips away or special days.

Will the mole be sent for testing for cancer?

If the surgeon deems it appropriate, we will send the mole for histology (testing) following a discussion with you.

Are there any alternatives to this procedure?

No, the only way to remove a mole is by surgery.