Mole / Cyst Removal
If you have a skin lesion such as a mole, cyst, wart or skin tag and would like it removed, it is usually a simple procedure. You may want to take this step because it may be painful and restricting your movement. Or it could look unsightly and it is having a negative effect on your self-confidence, especially if it is on the face or another visible part of your body.
The affected area of skin will be numbed with a local anaesthetic before the doctor starts the removal procedure. If you’re worried about the procedure the doctor may also give you a sedative to make you feel more relaxed.
The exact technique used will depend on size and location, but moles and larger lesions are usually removed with a scalpel, the wound closed with stitches and then covered with a temporary dressing.
Warts will be frozen off with cold liquid nitrogen gas or destroyed with a precision high-energy laser while skin tags are normally ‘snipped’ off with surgical scissors.
You will probably experience some soreness after the anaesthetic wears off.
You won’t need to take time off work and you should be able to return to your normal activities straight away.
Avoid getting the incision site wet for the first few days. It’s quite normal for a scab to develop and this will generally heal within a week or two. Any inflammation will usually disappear within a few weeks too.
The operation will usually leave a scar. How big and noticeable this will depend on the exact operation. Most scars fade significantly over the first year. We will also give you advice on how to reduce the appearance of your scar, such as gently massaging the site after your stitches have been removed.