Moles, cyst and skin tag removal

Moles are brown or black spots on your skin, also known as pigmented lesions. Benign (non-cancerous) lesions can be left alone but, if your mole bothers you in any way, you may want to have it removed.

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How are moles, cysts and skin tags removed?

The technique used for mole removal depends on how big it is and where it’s located. It’s usually a quick procedure, carried out by our Consultant team or GP with a special interest in dermatology, in the outpatient department.

There are two popular treatments for mole removal. Shaving is often used for moles that stick out from the skin and can simply be shaved away under local anaesthetic, allowing it to be flush with the surrounding skin. The area may then be cauterised to stop any bleeding. Removal by surgery is carried out under local anaesthetic. Your Dermatologist will use a scalpel to cut the mole and a border of good skin surrounding it. A small stitch will secure the skin.

I have a question about mole, cyst or skin tag removal

Why would I have a mole or skin lesion removed?

If you have a cosmetic mole or skin lesion that’s bothering you or affecting your confidence, your Consultant may recommend that it’s removed (also known as excision).

What are the benefits of private mole removal?

There are physical benefits, since a mole that’s in close contact with clothing can rub, become sore or uncomfortable and bleed.

But having a mole removed doesn’t just benefit you physically. The emotional benefits of mole removal can include a significant improvement in your confidence, especially if the mole or lesion has left you feeling self-conscious.

Some moles can be a sign of health problems, and your Consultant may recommend they be removed for ‘peace of mind’ and to reduce the risk of further health problems associated with the mole or lesion in the future.

What happens during a mole or skin lesion removal?
  • Most lesions are cut out using a scalpel and the wound closed with stitches. Alternatively, they may be 'shaved' down to the level of the surrounding skin
  • Skin tags may be simply snipped off with sterile surgical scissors
  • Minor skin lesions, such as warts, may be frozen off with liquid nitrogen gas

How long it takes to remove the lesion will depend on its size and where it’s located.

What should I expect after a mole or skin lesion removal?

You’ll be able to go home shortly after treatment. Depending on the size and location of the lesion, your Consultant may recommend that you don’t drive or take part in any physical activity for a while afterwards.

Any stitches will need to be removed at your GP practice; you’ll be given information about this on the day of your procedure. A follow-up appointment will be provided, if needed, to help with your recovery.

How much does skin lesion or mole removal cost?

The cost of removal can vary, depending on the type of lesion and number that need assessment or treatment. For details of the cost of private mole removal, see the general surgery section on our pricing page.

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