Mole, Cyst, Wart and Skin Tag Removal
Raised Moles and Cysts on the face, scalp and body can be cosmetically embarrassing and also interfere with shaving, applying make-up or may catch on clothes. Unfortunately, nowadays, removal of benign skin lesions is not usually provided on the NHS because of funding restrictions.
The majority of Moles (Benign Intradermal Naevus) and Skin Tags can be easily removed using a very simple procedure called Shave Biopsy. This involves injecting a small amount of local anaesthetic in and around the mole, following which the mole is sliced off level with the skin. Cautery is used to stop any small bleeding points. For most people this results in a very faint flat scar.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
Actinic Keratosis (Sun Damage) is the name given to red, rough scaling areas of skin which develop after sun exposure. They are usually found on the face or scalp. Nowadays there are a variety of creams which can be prescribed to help treat this problem, or we can use a treatment called Photodynamic Therapy (PDT). Photodynamic Therapy is approved by NICE for the treatment of Actinic Keratosis. It involves applying a specialist cream to the affected area, allowing it to soak in for a few hours, then activating the cream with a bright red light (not laser). PDT destroys only abnormal skin cells, so the skin heals very quickly with excellent cosmetic results. PDT is also used to rejuvenate skin by improving the texture and sheen, making skin look less tired.
Dr Anne Ward
Spire Little Aston Hospital
West Midlands B74 3UP
8.30am - 12.30pm
To book an appointment with Dr Anne Ward please phone Spire Little Aston Hospital on 0121 580 7151 or 0121 580 7119
For all other enquiries please e-mail us here
A GP Referral Letter is not essential for patients wishing to book an appointment, although it is helpful to discuss this with your GP. Most Health Insurance Companies request that you obtain a GP referral letter as part of your policy.
Mole Removal by Shave Biopsy
A Cyst is removed by making a small opening in the centre of the Cyst to let the contents out and to remove the Cyst wall. The wound is then closed with stitches leaving only a very short scar which fades with time.
Seborrhoeic warts are crusty brown marks found on the back, under the bust and on the face. They are harmless, but can be unsightly. Warts can be removed by cryotherapy or by injecting a small amount of local anaesthetic in and around the wart, then gently scraping the wart off with a specialist surgical instrument.
Viral Warts are often found on the hands and feet. It is always best to try “wart paints” first, but if this doesn’t work – then a course of treatment with cryotherapy can help.
Actinic Keratosis treated with PDT
NHS Dermatologists work in Skin Cancer Teams and nearly half of all referrals to an NHS dermatology clinic is for the management of Skin Lesions including Skin Cancers. Most dermatologists are expert at skin surgery, and work to strict National Guidelines. Dermatologists have specialist training for the detection of early skin cancers. They use an instrument called a Dermatoscope to undertake Full Body Mole Checks which can help detect early features of Skin Cancer.
Mole Removal, Photodynamic Therapy, Skin Surgery and Cryotherapy at Spire Little Aston Hospital. The clinic is close to Burntwood, Burton, Cannock, Rugeley, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth and Walsall.