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Mole Removal

At Lumiere Clinic, we diagnose and treat various skin lesions. We offer skin surgery for moles, skin tags, warty growths and other skin lesions.

Moles, warty growths and skin tags

During your consultation, our Consultant Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon will examine your moles or any skin lesions of concern with dermoscopy to determine the nature of these skin lesions before discussing the most appropriate methods of removal. We offer shave or full excision removal of moles. The pros and cons of each treatment option, as well as other clinically appropriate, alternative treatment options will be discussed at your consultation.

Skin surgery is performed by our Consultant Dermatologist or Plastic Surgeon and if deemed appropriate, can be performed on the same day. Our aim is to provide you with a hassle-free skin surgery journey to remove your unwanted skin lesions and get the best cosmetic outcome possible.

To book a consultation with our dermatologist, or for more information on our mole removal surgery at our skin and aesthetics clinic in Manchester, call us on: 0161 236 6500, email us on: info@lumiereclinic.co.uk or fill in our online contact form.

Our clinic offers two types of mole excisions: shave and complete excision.

What is a shave excision?

A shave excision is a surgical procedure carried out in the clinic under local anaesthetic to remove little benign (harmless) bumps from the skin.

Shave excisions are quick to execute, and the little wound they leave behind heals faster than a full-thickness excision required to remove a more significant growth or more severe skin cancer.

Because shave excisions are less intrusive, they may necessitate less intensive post-operative care because there are no sutures or stitches.

Shave excisions are less costly than a complete excision procedure. Still, it will only be offered if it is medically appropriate for a patient, which means you can only choose to have one if your dermatologist thinks it is.

In ‘cosmetic’ therapy, shave excision would remove the mole or benign growth, leaving little to no scars in most situations.

What is a complete excision?

While excision is usually used for treating melanoma and non-melanoma skin cancers, it can also remove a non-cancerous mole or other benign growth.

In the latter case, it is commonly referred to as a ‘cosmetic’ or ‘elective’ treatment because there is no therapeutic reason for surgically eliminating the mole, and the decision to do so tends to be driven by the patient’s aesthetic concerns.

Most excisions heal in ten to fourteen days. However, total healing might take up to four weeks, depending on the individual. Most individuals recover rapidly if they’re in good health and haven’t had any difficulties.

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Frequently Asked Questions

About Mole Removal / Skin Surgery at Lumiere Clinic

  1. Do I need a consultation if I know exactly what I want?

    A consultation at our skin clinic in Manchester is always recommended as it is best to have your moles or skin lesions of concern examined properly by a Dermatologist. We will need to go through your medical history to ensure that appropriate precautions are undertaken at your skin surgery. The most suitable removal methods will be discussed and they depend largely on the nature of the moles and skin lesions.

  2. How much does a consultation cost?

    A consultation costs £195 and this includes a full skin examination, discussion of most appropriate treatment options, pre- and post-surgical care, sun protection and mole monitoring advice.

  3. Will histology be included?

    Yes, it is good practice to send removed moles /lesions for histology to confirm their nature.

  4. What are the methods of mole removal?

    A mole can be removed by shave excision (flattened) or fully excised (cut out of the skin and fat). If a mole is raised and considered harmless, a shave excision can be sufficient. If a mole is flat or atypical, it is best to remove it with a full excision with a margin of skin around it.

  5. What are the risks with skin surgery?

    Skin surgery is usually performed under local anaesthetic. The main risks are bleeding, skin colour changes and scarring. Scarring can be minimised with certain methods of surgery and suturing. Infections and allergic reactions to the anaesthetic agents are rare.

  6. How long is the wound healing time?

    Wound healing can vary among individuals. Skin surgery on the head and neck area generally heals faster (1 to 2 weeks) than on parts of the body lower than the heart (such as the legs 2 to 4 weeks, or longer in those with varicose veins, leg swelling and certain medical conditions).

  7. What precautions do I need to take after skin surgery?

    It is important to avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, alcohol and supplements that can affect the blood clotting time on the day of your skin surgery. Also, it is important to keep the wound dry for at least 1 day. Excessive or vigorous physical activity can make the wound bleed more and potentially break the sutures. Keeping the wound dry and clean at all times can reduce the risk of infections.

*Individual results may vary.

Patient Stories

“The treatment you gave was excellent and more importantly the advice. The initial examination looking at all areas of my skin was a lifesaver. The removal of damage from my hand has now healed beautifully and as you can see there is no trace left. After the operation on my leg the healing process has been excellent. Thanks to your advice to change the dressings daily and to use the antibiotic cream daily the healing continues. After 5 weeks I have only a trace of a tiny scab and the scar is almost invisible. I moisturise daily and protect the area with a small plaster until the scar falls off.

I followed your instructions regarding showering to the letter and the whole experience has been assuring.

I am really lucky that I found your details on the website. As someone who has met many consultants I can say confidently your attention to detail and the work you carried out for me was second to none.

I continue to check my skin knowing I can consult you over any concerns about skin disorders.”

Margaret, Manchester

Lumiere Skin Clinic | Manchester

Solar Keratosis on hand, before

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Solar Keratosis on hand, after

*Individual results may vary.

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