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Skin Lesion Removal

Skin lesion removal is a routine procedure aimed at diagnosing or treating the lesion, ensuring your peace of mind and health. Whether it’s a mole, skin tag, or other types of skin growth, our skilled dermatological team is here to guide you through the process with compassion and expertise.

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Everything You Need to Know

Skin lesions vary widely in appearance and can occur anywhere on the body. They might be present from birth, like moles, or develop due to age, sun exposure, or other factors. While many skin lesions are benign, removal and analysis are crucial steps for those that are suspicious or problematic.

If you’ve noticed a change in a mole’s appearance, a new growth, or have a lesion that’s causing discomfort, our specialists are here to help. We offer a range of treatments tailored to your specific needs, ensuring the best possible outcomes. At St John & Elizabeth Hospital, we understand the anxiety that can come with the discovery of a skin lesion. Our dedicated team is on hand to provide reassurance, expert advice, and the highest standard of care.

Before Surgery

Your journey to treatment begins with a consultation with one of our experienced dermatologists. During this initial visit, we’ll discuss your medical history, the nature of the skin lesion, and the most appropriate treatment options for you. This might include minor surgery under local anaesthesia, laser treatment, or cryotherapy, depending on the lesion’s type, size, and location.

Preparing for your procedure involves following specific guidelines provided by your dermatologist. These may include avoiding certain medications or applying a topical treatment beforehand. Our team will ensure you’re fully informed and comfortable with your treatment plan every step of the way.

During Surgery

Undergoing a skin lesion removal at St John & Elizabeth Hospital is designed to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible. Our state-of-the-art facilities and caring team ensure that you’re well looked after from the moment you arrive.

Arrival and Preparation: Upon arrival, you’ll be welcomed by our friendly staff who will guide you through the final preparation steps. This includes checking your medical history and ensuring you’re ready for the procedure. For lesions requiring surgical removal, you’ll be taken to a treatment room equipped with the latest technology.

Anaesthesia: Most skin lesion removals are performed under local anaesthesia, ensuring you’re comfortable and pain-free throughout the procedure. Our experienced anaesthetists will administer a small injection near the lesion site, numbing the area effectively.

The Removal Process: Depending on the type of lesion, the removal process can vary. Our dermatologists use precise techniques tailored to each case, whether it’s excision with a scalpel for larger lesions or less invasive methods like cryotherapy or laser treatment for smaller, superficial lesions. Throughout the procedure, our team will ensure you’re informed and comfortable.

Immediate Aftercare: Once the lesion is removed, immediate care is applied to the site to promote healing and minimise scarring. This may include stitches for excision sites or a simple dressing for smaller treatments. Our team will provide you with all the necessary aftercare advice before you leave.

Our commitment to your care doesn’t end with the procedure. We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to assess your healing, discuss the results (if the lesion was sent for analysis), and advise on any further steps needed.

After Surgery

Recovery and care following skin lesion removal at St John & Elizabeth Hospital are tailored to ensure your comfort and the best possible healing outcome. Here’s what you can expect:

Immediate Post-Procedure Care: After your procedure, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions tailored to the type of removal you’ve undergone. This might include wound care, signs of infection to watch for, and any necessary medication prescriptions.

Recovery at Home: Recovery time varies depending on the removal method and the lesion’s size and location. Most patients can return to their daily activities immediately, although we recommend avoiding strenuous activities for a short period as advised by your dermatologist.

Follow-Up Visits: We’ll schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure your healing process is progressing well. This visit is also an opportunity to discuss the histology report if your lesion was sent for analysis. Our team is dedicated to providing you with support and reassurance throughout your recovery.

Managing Scars: While we strive to minimise scarring, some procedures may leave a small mark. We offer advice and treatments to help reduce the visibility of scars, ensuring you’re happy with your treatment outcome.

Ongoing Support and Advice: Our care doesn’t stop once your procedure is complete. We’re here to offer ongoing support, whether it’s answering your questions, addressing any concerns that arise during your recovery, or providing advice on preventing future skin lesions.

How to pay for your treatment

If you’re… paying for yourself

Did you know you don’t need private medical insurance to come to St John & St Elizabeth Hospital? As a self-pay patient, you can access safe, outstanding quality health care at times to suit you.

For scans and tests, as well as to see most consultants, you’ll still need to be referred by a medical professional like your GP, but as a self-pay patient, the process is more straightforward. You won’t need authorisation from an insurance provider, and you’ll have greater choice of consultant and appointment times.

If you’re… insured

St John & St Elizabeth Hospital is approved by all major medical insurance companies. If you have a personal private health insurance policy, or your company provide it for you, you can use it to pay for your care from your initial consultation through to treatment, surgery and aftercare such as physiotherapy. Not all private health insurance plans cover the same things. It’s very important to check exactly what you are covered for with your insurance provider.



This initial consultation with our dermatologists involves examining the lesion and discussing your medical history and concerns.


Pre-Op Assessment

If needed, we may conduct a biopsy or other tests to understand the lesion better. Our team provides full support and information, ensuring you’re comfortable with the process.


Treatment Plan

Following diagnostics, we’ll outline your treatment options, from monitoring to removal, based on your specific needs. Our priority is to equip you with all the necessary information for an informed decision.


Preparation Guidance

Once a treatment path is chosen, we’ll guide you on pre-procedure steps, including medication adjustments or special care instructions, ensuring you’re fully prepared for your procedure.

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