Mole and Skin Lesion Removal
Mole and skin lesions are just part of our skins make-up and mostly will cause us no harm. Other moles and skin lesions have the potential to change in appearance and size and may warrant being examined by a doctor. Your own GP will be happy to see any areas of skin changes you are concerned about and if necessary will refer you onto a dermatologist (skin expert) or a plastic surgeon, if removal of the lesion is suggested. Some people may not like the appearance of a mole which has not changed in shape or size but would like it removed for cosmetic reasons.
Stuart would be happy to see you for advice regarding removal, but if the removal is solely for cosmetic reasons this would not be offered on the NHS. Within Stuarts private practice a percentage of patients will be referred for removal of moles or skin lesions because they are medically insured, or because they wish to pay to have it removed for cosmetic reasons.
Some moles and skin lesions have the potential to become malignant (cancerous) and will need to be removed as part of the treatment plan. The tissue removed will analysed under a microscope to determine if there are any malignant cells present.
The three main types of skin cancer are; Basal cell carcinoma (rodent ulcer) Squamous cell carcinoma Malignant melanoma.
For more information on these types of skin cancers and other skin lesions please visit the British Association of Dermatologists website at www.bad.org.uk
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