Cyst Removal

Cysts that form under the skin are very common and can occur in any part of the body. They are usually filled with a thick white or yellow fluid, which can sometimes be fowl smelling. This fluid is because of the secretions of the skin. Sometimes they discharge spontaneously, and sometimes they get infected. They can be confused with lipomas. Treatment is surgical remocal, leaving behind a small scar.

split & stretched earlobe

Ear lobes may split or stretch with time after use of ear rings or after injury.   This can result in either a split ear lobe or widened piercing hole.  Regard less of the reason, it is possible to carry out a plastic surgical procedure on the earlobe to repair it. Specialist techniques such as using rotation flaps may needed for earlobe repairs.  This may help aid a more rapid recovery and ability to wear earrings earlier.

Mole excision

Most moles are benign or non-cancerous.  Mole removal may be performed for cosmetic reasons or if there are any concerns about a mole. Excision of a mole is when the entire mole is removed and the skin closed with sutures. This is different from a shave excision. If there is concern about the mole it should be excised. 

 

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Shave Treatments

As opposed to the excision treatment described above, a shave excision involves shaving a raised mole flush with the skin. This can only be done on benign moles. There will be a scar where the mole has been removed usually the size and shape of the mole. The scar will initially be red but should settle over a few months. This method removes only the raised part of the mole and so the roots may still be present. There is, therefore, a risk of recurrence or the mole growing back. 

Laser Treatments

Laser mole removal involves using a special laser, either an erbium or CO2 laser, to remove the mole.  This technique essentially burns the mole layer by layer until it is flush with the skin surface.  The resultant scar is similar to that of a shave excision. It is generally a mark which is similar in shape and size to that of the mole.  Laser does not allow for any specimens to be sent for histology and so is not recommended if we are concerned about changes in a mole. There is a risk of recurrence. 

Lumps & Bumps

Lipoma

These are fatty lumps under the skin. They grow slowly over time and are painless to the patient and not tender to touch. They can occur in any part of the body. Lipomas can be removed by surgical excision or liposuction.

Milia

Milia are very small, raised, pearly-white or yellowish bumps on the skin. They are most often seen on the skin around the cheeks, nose, eyes and eyelids, forehead and chest. However, they can occur anywhere on the body. They are a type of tiny skin cyst filled with a protein called keratin. Treatment is to remove them individually using a hyfrecator machine.

SKIN tag

Skin tags are harmless skin growths that may be flesh coloured or brown. They are most commonly found around the neck, armpits, groins, trunk and around the eyes. They vary in size from very small ones up to larger skin tags. Skin tags can become troublesome when they catch on clothing or jewellery. This can result in bleeding of the skin tags. They can be easily removed by freezing or by excision leaving hardly any marks.