MOLES AND PIGMENTED LESIONS
There is a large variety of pigmented skin lesions. Moles and freckles are a normal feature of paler skin types with pigmented lesions developing as an ageing change of the skin. Normal moles are typically brown, flat and round and up to 5mm in diameter. Moles appear and grow slowly throughout our lives and benign moles do not cause symptoms, for example itching or bleeding.
What is Seborrhoeic Keratosis?
A seborrhoeic keratosis also know as seborrhoeic warts, are a common, multiple, benign skin tumour which is most commonly found on the torso. Approximately 80%-100% of people over the age of 50 are affected. They are very common, harmless, often pigmented growths on the skin and are caused by a build up of skin cells. Usually they do not cause symptoms, however they can become inflamed, itch and catch on clothing.
Seborrhoeic Keratosis can be treated at one of our minor surgery clinics. The usual process involves a local anaesthetic to numb the area, either cryotherapy or curettage (scraping with a special tool) of the seborrhoeic keratosis and closure of the wound. This process is relatively quick and in almost all cases, patients are able to go home after completion.
If you have a seborrhoeic keratosis which you wish to be treated, book a consultation appointment with one of our minor surgeons today!
What are Moles?
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually brown or black and can appear anywhere on the skin alone or in groups. Most moles appear in early childhood and during the first 25 years of life. It is normal to have between 10-40 moles by adulthood. Moles usually change slowly, becoming raised and/or changing in colour. Some moles may not change at all while others may disappear over time.
The most important reason for having a mole removed is to rule out any cancerous changes, if you have concerns about a mole contact your GP who will refer you to a dermatologist if they have concerns that your mole has abnormal cells.
If you would like your mole removed for cosmetic reasons this can be performed at one of our minor surgery clinics. The usual process involves local anaesthetic to numb the area, shave excision of the mole and closure of the wound. It is our usual practice, that even moles removed for cosmetic reasons are sent to a laboratory to be check by a pathologist. The process is relatively quick and in almost all cases, patients are able to go home after completion.
If you have a mole which you wish to be removed, book a consultation appointment with one of our minor surgeons today!
Please note: You must have a recent copy of your medical history which you can obtain from your GP, and have attended a consultation at Beacon Healthcare UK before directly booking a procedure.
If you are unsure what procedure you will need, book a consultation with one of our minor surgery consultants.