For the most part, skin lesions and moles are harmless yet unsightly but can also cause irritation and could potentially be cancerous. Skin lesion and mole removal may be recommended by a surgeon to reduce any risk, or simply to improve appearance. 

Why you might need skin lesion and mole removal

Patients will look towards skin lesion and mole removal either for cosmetic reasons, to improve appearance, or for medical reasons in cases where lesions cause discomfort, and there is concern that moles could be cancerous.

It is important to seek advice immediately if you have a pigmented lesion and there has been rapid or a recent change in size, shape or colour, inflammation, oozing and bleeding, or a change in sensation. Likewise, if the mole is new and there is rapid change.

What are the benefits of skin lesion and mole removal?

Removing skin lesions and moles is a minor procedure that can be performed under local anaesthetic. 

Some of the benefits include:

  • Removal of potentially cancerous moles
  • Improved appearance of unsightly lesions
  • Renewed self-confidence

What does skin lesion and mole removal involve?

If your surgeon performs a partial removal (shave biopsy), an incision will be made across the base of the lesion, almost shaving the lesion off of the skin. This technique is used primarily for lesions that stick out of the skin.

A direct removal involves the entirety of the lesion or mole cut out, along with some surrounding skin. The skin is then closed and stitched up (sometimes dissolvable stitches are used). The procedure takes between 30 minutes to an hour, dependent on the size of the lesion or mole.

Following surgery, minimal discomfort may be experienced, which can be managed with painkillers and extra care is to be taken to avoid getting the dressing wet.

Split skin grafting involves taking a piece of skin from an area near the lesion, to ensure a better skin tone match. This skin is held in place with sutures (either with or without a pressure pad) for 7-14 days and then inspected.

If the skin has healed, the grafted area may be left exposed and moisturised to help with maturation and the final result. If the area has not healed, the graft will be redressed and left for another 5-7 days.

Recovery Time

Wounds should clear and heal within a few weeks after the treatment, with stitches removed 7-14 days after the procedure (unless dissolvable options were used). The area should not be overly stretched for two weeks.

The wound should be kept out of the sun until it has completely healed, and then sun cream should be worn for 18-24 months over the affected areas as they will be prone to burning.

Treatment Cost

Treatment costs will vary according to your unique needs. The full pricing options will be discussed with you during your initial consultation. 

We’d be delighted if you wanted to arrange a consultation with us. Please call the Helpline on 0800 917 4922 for free and professional advice or submit a contact form here for more information.

To make a fully informed decision, click this link for a guide on what to consider before making a decision.

Treatment Stage Consultant Fees Hospital Fees
Removal of skin lesions or moles (up to 3) Removal of skin lesions or moles (up to 6)
Initial Consultation £110.00
Main treatment £410.00 £610.00
Post-discharge care Included Included
Subtotals £110.00 £410.00 £610.00
Total £520.00 £720.00
Price excludes histology/biopsy, the cost of which will range from £250 - £500 in addition to the above quoted price range.

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