Moles, cysts and skin tags are extremely common on the face and other parts of the body.
They can be cosmetically embarrassing as well as cause problems when shaving and catch on clothing.
At the consultation we will perform a mole skin check to see if the mole or skin lesion should be sent for testing (histology) to rule out anything suspicious. This is not obligatory, but is recommended should the doctor be concerned.
Questions and Answers for Cosmetic Skin Tag and Mole Removal:
Q: How are skin tags and moles removed?
A: In most cases these can be done under a local anaesthetic. If there are no concerns about its nature they can be either shaved off, or excised. Some skin lesions can also be treated by freezing the skin – termed cryotherapy. All options are discussed with the patient beforehand.
Q: Does it hurt having these removed?
A: Local anaesthetic is used so it’s a comfortable treatment.Cryotherapy does not require an anaesthetic.
Q: How long does the procedure take?
A: This depends on what’s being done, but most procedures take between 15 and 30 minutes.
Q: Can I drive home afterwards?
Q: What about aftercare?
A: If stitches have been necessary these are generally removed after 5 – 7 days. For best results a combination of steri strips and massage are required your aftercare will be discussed with you.
Q: Will I have a scar?
A: Scarring is an inevitable consequence of surgery in anyone’s hands, so yes. But of course the whole point is to be cosmetic and so everything is designed to minimise this. It’s best to consider this as replacing one cosmetic blemish with another one, which should be much better. But it is unrealistic to expect an invisible scar no matter who your specialist is.
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