Skin lesion removal can be performed as a non-surgical or minor surgical procedure at our aesthetic facility in Newcastle. If requested, or advised, the lesion can be sent for histological analysis to ensure it is entirely safe. If necessary, referral to the NHS can be made by our clinical team.
Skin Lesion Removal
Frequently Asked Questions
Making the decision to undergo surgical procedures can be a difficult one, and there are many questions you may have. Please read the frequently asked questions below which may answer any queries or ease any concerns you may have.
What is a skin lesion?
A skin lesion can include benign moles, skin tags and warts. It can also include suspicious lesions such as early skin cancers such as BCCs, SCCs and melanoma.
What does removal involve?
We believe all skin tag and mole removal should include assessment with a skin expert before removal so that you can be advised appropriately. Lesions that are benign can often be treated by non-surgical means such as freezing or minor surgery such as shaving. If our skin expert believes a lesion should be removed fully this can normally done through excision as a minor day surgery procedure at our clinic.
Does it hurt?
Not usually. A simple treatment such as freezing (cryotherapy) is normally completely pain free. A minor surgical procedure should also be pain free but the local anaesthetic can smart a little as it is administered, though only for a few seconds.
Can I drive home afterwards?
Normally yes. A minor local anaesthetic operation should not interfere with your ability to drive safely but there may be exceptions (for instance if your surgery involves the hands, the eyelids or your feet). Your doctor can discuss this with you and might suggest someone drive you home if there are any concerns. It also is usually worth asking your insurance company if they have a policy that covers this situation.
Is the lesion assessed by a pathologist?
Our clinicians will discuss your skin tag and mole removal with you following the results of pathology diagnostic service. If a lesion appears completely safe, further analysis (and cost) can be avoided. If there is a reason to assess the lesion further we can arrange this at additional cost and should anything of concern be identified we can refer you into the NHS if appropriate.