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Excision of skin lesions

Removal of an abnormal growth on the skin

Treatment to remove a skin lesion if it's causing discomfort or concern.

What is a skin lesion?

A skin lesion is a lump, bump or unusual mark on your skin.

Common skin lesions include:

  • Moles
  • Freckles
  • Birthmarks
  • Cysts
  • Warts & skin tags.

Although they're usually harmless (benign), you may have a lesion removed for cosmetic reasons or as a precaution against skin cancer.

You may also have a skin lesion removed to diagnose or treat skin cancer.

Need to know

  • Treatment to remove a skin lesion icon plus

    An excision of a skin lesion is usually a short procedure and you will not need to admitted to hospital.

    Depending on the type of skin lesion you have, your consultant may remove the lesion completely using specialised surgical scissors or remove it using a laser, a precise electric current called electrodesiccation. In some circumstances it is possible to have more than one lesion removed at once.

    When removing a skin lesion you will be given a local anaesthetic to numb the area before the procedure, afterwards your consultant will then treat the area to minimise scarring. This could include closing it with stitches and applying a dressing. Or, if the lesion was very small, simply leaving it to heal.

    The tissue removed may be sent to be analysed if there is concern that it may be cancerous.
  • How to prepare for an excision icon plus

    Your consultant will talk you through how to prepare for your procedure and answer any questions you may have.

    It’s important to tell your consultant about any medications you’re taking, particularly any blood-thinning tablets such as aspirin. Aspirin-based medicines can make the area more likely to bleed. For this reason, your consultant might also suggest avoiding alcohol in the days leading up to surgery.

    Like all procedures, there may be some risks and side effects involved. Your consultant will explain these to you.
  • After an excision icon plus

    You should be able to go home the same day as your appointment. Your consultant will explain how to care for the area in the days and weeks following the procedure for the best cosmetic result. If you've had stitches, they'll let you know if you need to return to have them removed. If the tissue removed has been sent for analysis, your consultant will contact you if any further treatment is needed.
  • What if my wound doesn't heal as expected? icon plus

    You will be given advice on how to look after the area by your consultant after treatment, if you are unsure about how the wound is healing, if your in pain, have excess itching or a excess skin forms over the wound your consultant will exam the area in a follow up consultation. It can take some time for the wound to heal fully underneath the surface skin and for any scarring to settle. Your consultant may perform scar revision treatment to improve the texture and size of scars, as well as to reduce the itch sensation. 

Paying for medical treatment

You don’t need health insurance to have fast access to our top consultants, extensive range of treatments, diagnostic tests and surgical procedures at our world-class facilities.

Our consultants

The specialist that undertakes your excision can often be determined by where the lesion is sited and if there are any associated medical conditions. Excision surgery can be performed by a General Surgeon or a Dermatologist with surgical expertise and can also include an ENT surgeon or Maxillofacial Surgeon if the lesion is around the head, neck or facial area.

We're proud to work with leading experts across a range of medical fields, whose skills are matched by their integrity and compassion. 

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Our facilities

From complex surgery to straightforward procedures, we provide exceptional care across out network of hospitals, outpatient centres and specialist clinics.

Request an appointment

Our booking teams can help you make an appointment with one of our experienced consultants.

020 7079 4344
This content is intended for general information only and does not replace the need for personal advice from a qualified health professional.
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