Moles, skin tags and other skin blemishes frequently occur and, in many cases, may not be considered an issue.
However, if you have an unsightly or irritating blemish then you may wish to consider having it removed.
Electrosurgery can be used to remove common skin growths on the face and body. The procedure is relatively quick to perform and leaves minimal scarring. Electrosurgery removes the skin lesion by administering a localised and controlled electric current to safely burn away the unwanted tissue.
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Skin tags are skin coloured tissues that ‘hang off' the skin. As they have a blood supply they can grow quite large if left to develop. They are not dangerous but can be unsightly and irritating if they catch on jewellery or clothing
Warts can have an unappealing appearance and it is possible to spread them to other areas of the body. They can be tricky to clear in a compromised immune system and are more likely to persist in older people
Moles occur when pigment producing cells in the skin grow in a cluster instead of being spread out throughout the skin.
They are naturally occurring and some people are born with them whereas others can appear throughout life. Sun exposure increases the development of moles. Normal moles are not dangerous.
Milia are sometimes referred to as milk spots and can often be found on the face between the cheek bone and eye area.
They are a build-up of sebum which forms a ‘plug’ in the skin.
Milia lie very superficially under the surface of the skin
The procedure is carried out with topical or local anaesthetic to minimise discomfort and the initial healing period is around 2 weeks following the procedure. More than one treatment session may be required and a letter from your GP may be required for removal of certain lesions.
Electrosurgery can be used to treat:
If you have noticed changes to a skin lesion that include asymmetry, irregular borders, variation in colour, diameter >1cm or an increase in size then it is very important that you seek a medical opinion.
Following the treatment, a small scab will be formed which must be left in place and kept softened, this will naturally exfoliate between 7-10 days after the procedure.
As the lesion will not be cut out then deep parts of the lesion may persist. The skin blemish can occasionally grow back. Raised irritations may be converted into flat lesions and may retain colour if the pigment extends deep into the skin.
A small, flat, pale scar may persist following removal of any skin lesion.