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Skin lesions are found on or just below the skin. Examples of skin lesions are epidermoid cysts, lipomata (benign tumour of fatty tissue), skin tags and moles.

Benign (non cancerous) lesions can simply be left alone. However if your skin lesion bothers you in any way your consultant may recommend removal.


What happens during excision of skin lesions?

Skin lesions are usually removed under local anaesthetic. After careful examination the area around the lesion will be cleaned with anti-bacterial solution to limit infection. There may be a surgical drape placed around the area to ensure a sterile working area.

When removing an epidermoid cyst, your surgeon will make an oval cut over the cyst and will then cut it out. This shape allows for better stitching and healing.

To remove a lipoma, your surgeon will make a straight cut in the skin directly over it. The lipoma is freed up from the tissues and removed.

A skin tag can simply be numbed with local anaesthetic and then removed using either a blade and diathermy (needle for sealing blood vessels) or a freezing agent.

When removing a mole, your surgeon will cut all the way around it using an oval cut.

The lesion(s) will be placed in specimen jar(s) and sent to a lab for analysis. Your surgeon will close the wound with stitches and cover it with a dressing.

After removal of skin lesions

You should be able to go home very soon after your procedure. If you experience any pain following your lesion removal, over the counter pain relief such as Paracetamol can be used.

Results of the analysis will be given to you by your consultant or GP.

Sometimes your surgeon will ask you to return a few days following your lesion removal to inspect the wound and change the dressing. If the wound area becomes red, swollen or bleeds be sure and contact your surgeon or Outpatient Department for advice.

You should be able to return to work the day following your procedure unless your work puts a strain on the area stitched. Be sure and discuss your return to work with your surgeon.

Depending on what area is stitched you will need to visit the Outpatient Department or practice nurse to have your stitches removed. 
It is unusual for this procedure to restrict any daily activities however any surgical procedure can result in complications:

  • Pain
  • Bleeding 
  • Infection of the surgical site (wound)
  • Scarring
  • Wound breakdown (skin fails to heal)

Specific complications in skin lesions removal

  • A lipoma or an epidermoid cyst can come back
  • A larger operation may be needed

Why not print this treatment page so you can discuss any concerns you have with your surgeon?

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Guide price

Skin Excision of Simple Lesion or Mole Removal - Inpatient Fees
Initial consultation from £100
Diagnostics If needed to determine treatment plan
Treatment £985
Pre-assessment Included
Main treatment Included
Post-discharge care Included
Pre-assessment, Main treatment and Post-discharge care £985
Guide price £1,085
 What does guide price mean?

The guide price stated above is an approximation of the cost of treatment only. The final price may vary according to Consultant fees, prosthesis or drugs used and any pre-existing medical conditions which may alter your care pathway.  You will be given a fixed all-inclusive price for treatment following your initial consultation with a Consultant.

Guide price

Skin Excision of Lesion or Mole Removal - Trunk & Limbs - Inpatient Fees
Initial consultation from £100
Diagnostics If needed to determine treatment plan
Treatment £985
Pre-assessment Included
Main treatment Included
Post-discharge care Included
Pre-assessment, Main treatment and Post-discharge care £985
Guide price £1,085
 What does guide price mean?

The guide price stated above is an approximation of the cost of treatment only. The final price may vary according to Consultant fees, prosthesis or drugs used and any pre-existing medical conditions which may alter your care pathway.  You will be given a fixed all-inclusive price for treatment following your initial consultation with a Consultant.

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