Minor Surgery

At Edgbaston Private Medical Practice we are able to offer treatment  for many skin lesions that be treated quickly and effectively with minor surgery.

This includes

Removal Skin Tags £100
Removal of Moles £100
Removal of Lipomas £100
Removal of Cysts £100

The Minor Surgery is carried out by Dr Parjit Dhillon. He is an experienced surgeon who trained in Plastic Surgery as well as Orthopaedics before deciding on a career in General Practice.

After an initial consultation an appointment lasting at least thirty minutes is required for any of these procedures. This includes a consultation, documentation of consent and the procedure itself. We use local anaesthetic to ensure the procedure is pain free.

A short follow up appointment may be required for suture removal.

Please visit our fees page for our full list of minor surgery charges.

 

Skin Lesion Removal

How will my lesion be removed?

A local anaesthetic will be injected around the lesion to make removal pain free. Skin lesions can be removed in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the lesion itself. The best method will be discussed with you at your consultation.
A shave excision or curettage removes superficial lesions by shaving them off the underlying normal skin. This will leave a wound, similar to a graze, that will continue to heal with dressings alone. This method is least likely to leave permanent visible scarring. If the lesion is not amenable to this, then it will need to be excised (cut out) and you will be left with a scar.

 

What are the risks?

All surgery carries risks, but the risks for this form of surgery are very low. Should you have any post-surgical problems at all, we would advise you to contact us immediately so that we may provide support.

Infection - the risk of an infection after your surgery is very low. If the wound were to become infected you may notice increasing pain, spreading redness or a thick, yellow smelly discharge. This can often just mean a course of tablet antibiotics are needed rather than any more surgery and if treated early should not effect your final cosmetic result.

Bleeding - the risk of bleeding is also very low, but is slightly higher in areas of the body with a strong blood supply such as the face and scalp. To prevent any complications, at the time of your surgery areas that may bleed are cauterised to reduce the risk of further bleeding. You may just notice a bit of blood staining of your dressings, this is common and should not worry you. If there is more bleeding than this, we recommend applying pressure to the area for 15 minutes with a dry, clean towel, this will stop almost all bleeding. In the extremely rare event this is unsuccessful (usually only in those with a bleeding disorder), then we recommend review in Accident and Emergency and to contact us for review following this.

Scarring - all surgical incisions produce scars. Using plastic surgery techniques, we aim to not only place scars in directions to minimise their overall appearance but use suturing techniques to give the best possible cosmetic result. Most people will scar well, with a fine line, however some can scar badly, with long term raised, red and lumpy scarring, or even hypertrophic or keloid scars. The type of scarring you can expect and methods to optimise your overall results will be discussed with you in your consultation.

Alopecia - most people are not aware that scars on hair-bearing skin do not grow hair. If your lesion is on the scalp and the incision has to be made through skin that grows hair, then we will use precise surgical techniques to align the incision such that surrounding hair follicles can grow over the scar itself. If, however, you were to have wound healing problems and the scar widened, then you may have a small area that does not grow hair. The risk of this will be discussed with you at your consultation.

Recurrence - whenever we remove a skin lesion, we will remove it in it's entirety. However, some lesions, by their nature, may have a risk of returning again in the future. This risk will be discussed with you at your consultation

Other risks will be specific to the area in question and will be discussed with you in your consultation

 

What is the recovery?

The recovery time varies on the size and location of your lesion, combined with your general health. You may have dissolving stitches or ones that need to be removed after the surgery. If the stitches need to be removed, we will advise you on when this should be and can be arranged with our practice or your own NHS practice nurse.