Services

The procedures undertaken at BSS will vary depending on the type of skin lesion. All procedures will be carried out under local anaesthetic.

All samples, apart from skin tags, cherry spots and milia will need to be sent to the laboratory for analysis (Histology). This is to rule out any unexpected diagnosis. This will be discussed with the patient prior to the procedure being carried out as it does incur an additional cost.

 

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Skin Tag

Skin tags

These are very common skin lesions, which occur commonly around the neck, armpits and inner thighs. There may be a group of them.

Mole

Mole

Moles

Benign (non cancerous) moles can be left well alone as most tend not to cause any symptoms. Some moles can appear flat and others quite fleshy. However, if they are cosmetically undesirable, they can be removed. Advice about skin sun care and signs to look for in moles for cancerous change can be given also.

Warts

Cysts

Cysts are common. They occur as soft, defined swellings usually on the scalp, face, neck, chest or back. They may be cosmetically undesirable but tend to cause no symptoms so the NHS will not fund removal in these cases. However, they can become infected and painful, in which case you should see your GP first as you may require treatment with antibiotics and possible onward referral within the NHS.

Warts

Warts

These are very common and come in different shapes, sizes and colours. They are common on the face, neck and especially on the trunk. They are not cancerous but can become unsightly. They are easily treated. Please note, common warts on the hand and verrucas on the feet are best left alone to heal naturally unless painful.

Milia

Milia

These are small pearly white cysts which appear mainly around the eyes and cheeks. They may clear up on their own in a few months but can be treated if required. However, if there are many, it may require a few visits.

Cherry Spots

Cherry Spots

Cherry spots are caused by an overgrowth of blood vessels in the skin which usually appear on the chest or back. They are harmless. However, they are easily treated if required.