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Mole/Cyst Removal


INTRODUCTION

Most types of moles, skin tags, cysts and lesions found on the skin are non-cancerous. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to get them checked by a doctor. Often, many patients want to get a mole or a cyst removed simply for aesthetic reasons.

What are the different options available for mole or cyst removal?

mole removal london liverpoolA cyst will be removed by surgical excision, but Mr Hassan Shaaban can offer three different types of mole removal to his patients:

Laser Mole Removal

This is a common choice amongst Mr Shaaban’s patients as Mr Shaaban specialises in laser plastic surgery. It is very quick, the pain is minimal and there is little chance of scarring.

Laser Depigmentation (of a mole)

This is the treatment that patients go for if the mole is too flat for laser mole removal and they have decided against surgical excision. Mr Hassan Shaaban will advise that this method requires at least 3 treatments, ideally spread about 6 weeks apart.

Surgical Excision 

This is an option that guarantees complete mole removal with a scalpel. If you have a mole on the face that you wish to be removed by this method then it is imperative that you go to a qualified consultant plastic surgeon such as Mr Hassan Shaaban.

Another option that Mr Shaaban can offer if you don’t want a complete removal is to ‘surgically shave’ your mole. Through what is known as a ‘shave biopsy’, your protruding mole can be surgically shaved down to be flat on your skin if this is preferable to a complete mole removal.

What is a cyst?

A cyst is a lump that appears underneath the skin. Cysts can vary in size, shape and also what contents is inside them; the contents can be air, fluid or semi-solid. Cysts can be found anywhere on the body. Cysts are usually removed with surgical excision.

CONSULTATION

Your initial consultation with Mr Hassan Shaaban will probably be at Phi Clinic in Harley Street, London, unless it is easier for you to see Mr Shaaban in Liverpool, in which case his team will be happy to arrange that for you.

During your first consultation, Mr Shaaban will examine your mole, cyst, skin-tag or lesion and advise on the best treatment for your individual case.

Should you wish to go ahead with the procedure after your first consultation, then your mole, cyst, skin-tag or lesion removal can be performed at Phi Clinic under local anaesthetic.

THE PROCEDURE

Mole, cyst, skin-tag or lesion removal is a ‘day procedure’ performed under local anaesthetic.

mole removal with mr hassan shaaban london liverpoolIf you are having a ‘shave biopsy’ to treat a protruding mole or skin-tag, the area will be first numbed with the local anaesthetic. After this, any part of the the mole, lesion or skin-tag that is risen above the surface of the skin will be removed with a scalpel. After a shave biopsy, a flat white mark tends be left after healing, but sometimes the original colour of the mole can remain after the procedure.

If you are having removal of your mole by surgical excision, or ‘excision biopsy’, then this could be because melanoma is expected, or just that you want removal of a mole that is already flat. In this case, the full depth of the mole will be moved and the wound will be sutured. There will be a scar in most surgical excision cases, but it can be just a tiny, thin line, although occasionally it may be more noticeable.

If you are having ‘laser mole removal’ the chances of any scarring are very minimal in the hands of a specialist laser plastic surgeon such as Mr Shaaban. If you would like multiple moles removed on the same day, please talk to Mr Shaaban about this during your consultation. Laser mole removal is only suitable if the mole of skin lesion is raised above the surface of the skin.

Laser depigmentation’ is most commonly used when a mole is already flat and therefore unsuitable for laser mole removal. Using laser treatment to reduce pigmentation of the mole requires about 3 treatments, preferably set 6 weeks apart.

Cysts are generally removed only by surgical excision.

RECOVERY

mole removal recovery london liverpoolAfter surgical excision of the mole, cyst or skin lesion, your stitches will need to be removed within 5 to 7 days post-procedure. With laser removal, a scab sometimes forms that usually flakes off in about a week.

It is important that antibiotic ointment is applied 3-4 times per day during the first week after your mole or cyst removal. A red mark may remain on the skin and it might be several weeks before the colour of your skin returns to normal. If the discolouration of the skin continues long-term, there are other light laser therapy options that Mr Shaaban could assist with.

Mr Hassan Shaaban may advise that you use certain products to minimise any potential scarring; sun protection is also vital in reducing redness and preventing any further discolouration of the treated skin area.

What if the scarring doesn’t fade after mole removal?

If there is any residual scarring that remains after the full healing process, then fractional or full resurfacing treatment may be advised to improve the appearance of scarring. In the unlikelihood of this case, Mr Shaaban is highly experienced and will be able to suggest the best treatment for you.

To book your consultation at Phi Clinic, London, or in Liverpool with Mr Hassan Shaaban then please contact his team on 020 7887 2226.