Skin Lesion Surgery Clinic London

Our experienced London-based surgeons will eliminate your skin lesions with same-day discharges, housing a walk-in, walk-out format. If you are unsure whether you have a skin lesion or need to identify one, book a simple consultation for an easy diagnosis.

What is a skin lesion?

Skin lesions, commonly called skin tags, are an area of your skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance relative to the skin around it. 

There are two types of skin lesions. One is a primary form of skin lesion, which can be hereditary, form arbitrarily at birth, or naturally across their lifetime. The other is a secondary lesion, which forms due to interactions with a primary lesion, for example, scars, scabs, ulcers, atrophy, and more.

When should skin lesions be a concern for me? 

Above all, it is good practice to diagnose any lesion you may have, regardless of whether you experience symptoms from them. However, skin lesions could raise a more significant cause of concern if they suddenly change in colour, size, or texture, if they bleed, have irregular proportions, become painful, sore, or tender, are responsible for a burning sensation, and more.

What is skin lesion removal surgery?

Skin surgery is incredibly straightforward and usually occurs while you are under a local anaesthetic. 

Upon your arrival, our surgeon performs a diagnosis to identify the type of skin nodules you have and advises the best treatment. Based on the consultation results, if you qualify for skin lesion removal surgery, the procedure is as follows: 

Firstly, our expert surgeons carefully disinfect the operating area around the lesion before using a surgical drape to maintain a sterile environment. 

Secondly, the surgeon performs an oval cut around the lesion with margins (a small amount of excess skin) to ensure the removal of all potential cancer cells.

After that, the surgeon will send the excised sample to a lab for further analysis.

Finally, the surgeon may close the wound (depending on the incision size) with stitching before wrapping it in a compression cloth to prevent any infection.

What is skin lesion recovery like?

Despite skin lesion surgeries being outpatient visits, the procedure is swift, and you can usually return home within the same day. In addition, aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your progression. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, lesion surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.

However, the time until you can return to work will depend on how fast you recover, your skin lesion location, and your occupation, as labour-intensive jobs may require you to take more time out of work.

In addition, if you work an office job, you will generally be able to return to work within the next day. 

Your surgeon will confirm your expected recovery time during your consultation.

You may also be subject to follow-up assessments to monitor your recovery. 

Though pain post-surgery is uncommon, your surgeon will inform you of what over-the-counter medication is needed. 

You must contact your surgeon if any of your pain or inflammation persists after medication. 

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Skin lesion removal FAQ's

What are the ten types of skin lesions?

The ten most common types of skin lesions are macule, papule, nodule, tumour, plaque, vesicle, pustule, bulla, wheal, and burrow.

What does a skin lesion look like?

Skin lesions can have many different appearances, depending on the type.

However, you can identify skin sores by their distinct differences in colour, texture, and surface-level relative to the surrounding skin.

What causes skin lesions on the body?

Many forms of skin lesions are hereditary, such as moles or birthmarks.

Similarly, skin growths could also be a reaction from allergies, sun exposure, medication, diseases (both autoimmune and otherwise), and more.

What does a suspicious skin lesion look like?

Cancerous lesions typically take form in the shape of a mole, with gradient colours (different shades across the mole).

Additionally, it may also cause concern if you notice a mole on your body has changed colour and become either lighter or darker, or a mole that’s itchy, dry, and bleeding.

The most common type of cancerous lesion is BCC or basal cell carcinomas, which typically look like open sores, often appearing crusty, itchy, or scabby. Fortunately, BCC is regarded as the most benign skin cancer, meaning they are rarely fatal.

Why do aids cause skin lesions?

Skin lesions are common for people living with aids, as they tend to have a weakened immune system.

Consequently, a weakened immune system means infections are more likely to develop in your body and take longer to be fought off.

Where can skin lesions appear?

Skin damage can appear across your entire body but the most common types of skin lesions appear in your face, neck, ears, scalp, chest, and back.

Common skin sores:

Face - Seborrheic keratosis (tough or crusty moles), papilloma, naevi, fibrous papule,
Neck - Lymphomas and rhabdomyosarcomas, ears: Basal cell carcinomas, Scalp - Scalp folliculitis,
Chest - Osteochondromas and chondromas,
Back - Hemangioma.

Other common lesions include the nevi family, like halo nevi (white mole) and
spindle cell nevi (black mole), or moisture lesions, medically known as MASD.

What is a lesion?

Lesions (lesion meaning a tumour) are regions on or in your body that have seen damage.

For instance, this damage could either be through disease or injury.

In short, not all tumours or lesions are cancerous, but some can be.

What are the side effects of lesion removal through excision?

Side effects widespread across excision surgeries (including lesion removal) are infection, bleeding/bruising, scarring, anaesthetic reaction and nerve damage.

Fortunately, infection is an unlikely symptom of lesion removal. However, if you are susceptible to infections or have a weakened immune system, you should raise your concerns with your physician as you may need additional care.

Bleeding and bruising are pervasive but typically minor side effects of lesion removal. If your wound opens after surgery but fails to close, you should contact your physician for medical help.

In some cases, lesion removal may cause damage to a nerve. A damaged nerve may result in numbness for several weeks or months but often make a full recovery. In sporadic cases, a nerve may be compromised after a lesion removal, causing mobility issues in the area around the wound.

Scarring is common in any surgical procedure. Though there are measures to avoid or minimise scarring during and after your surgery, some scarring is unavoidable for skin lesion removal. In addition, the amount of scarring will depend on the skill of your surgeon. Thankfully, our expert surgeons' focal point is to keep scarring to a minimum.

Reactions are certainly the most dangerous of all immediate side effects with surgical procedures in general. The symptoms following a reaction vary between patients but include a rash, hives, severe itchiness, swelling, drop in blood pressure, shortness of breath, coughing, etc. Fortunately, reacting to anaesthesia is extremely rare and largely preventable.

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The benefits of Skin Lesion Removal Surgery:

Less painful treatments

Less downtime, ( swelling, blistering and scabbing)

Faster recovery time after treatment

Less damage to the skin

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Minimal scarring

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