Private Minor Skin Surgery

The Family Practice has a well-established private minor skin surgery service which provides the removal of various inconvenient or unsightly skin lesions for over 16s. The surgery is performed by our highly experienced Plastic Surgeon (Mr. Al-Ghazal) and his assistants.

The lesions that can be removed as part of this service include:

  • Moles
  • Cysts
  • Lipomas
  • Keratosis
  • Skin tags

Pricing

Most patients choose our one-stop appointment which includes a consultation and removal of the lesion, however, we do provide the option for a separate consultation if you prefer.

Separate Consultation

An appointment to discuss your lesion(s) with our Plastic Surgeon

£75

Consultation and Removal of a skin tag

Histology not included. Additional skin tags will be charged @ £30

£150

Consultation and removal of small to medium sized lesion

such as mole, lipoma, cyst etc.

£200

If your lesion is identified as too large/deep to remove in the above appointment slots, our team will be able to provide you with a price for the procedure.

If you have a one-stop appointment but decide not to go ahead with removing the lesion after your consultation with the GP, we will refund you the surgical cost of the procedure meaning you would only pay the £75 consultation fee.

The full payment will be taken at the time of the booking and a receipt given.

Please note that our clinicians who perform minor surgery are highly experienced plastic surgeons, so you should be able claim the cost of your procedure back from private insurance, please check with your insurance company before booking.

Booking your appointment

If you would like more information or wish to make a booking please call 01274 256202 or alternatively email us at family.practice1@nhs.net providing a telephone contact number.

You will be asked to provide an up-to-date picture of your lesion(s) which needs to show the size and location clearly (It is useful to place a ruler or measuring tape next to the lesion whilst taking the photograph). You can email this to family.practice1@nhs.net

Some cysts and lipomas require an ultrasound examination prior to removal and you may be asked to arrange this with your GP prior to your appointment.

Our dedicated service team is available Monday to Friday 8.00am to 6.30pm.

Further information

The majority of lesions we remove are harmless and generally no longer removed on the NHS. However, we would encourage all patients to check with their GPs prior to paying for a private service as certain lesions, including those that may be cancerous, are still covered by the NHS.

You can download our Minor Surgery Information sheet here

Consultation

During the consultation, our experienced plastic surgeon will ask questions about your lesion including how long it has been there, whether it has increased in size, and details about how it affects daily life. They will also discuss your general health, past medical history, any allergies and current medication.

They will then explain the procedure and discuss whether there is a likelihood of recurrence and scarring, and how to prevent infection. After the consultation, you will be asked to sign a consent form so the procedure can go ahead.

We understand that any medical procedure can be a cause of anxiety. That’s why our experienced staff are there to support you throughout your appointment.

You may prefer to have a separate consultation appointment; this can be arranged at an additional cost of £75

The procedure

Our experienced Consultant Plastic Surgeon uses a variety of surgical techniques to remove skin lesions including excision and cautery. As it is a surgical service it does not include the use of cryotherapy (freezing by liquid nitrogen), or topical medications (creams or lotions).The procedure can take up to 30 minutes.

The procedure sometimes involves stitches. The Doctor will advise you when to make an appointment at your own surgery to have the stitches removed.

Local anaesthetic

The anaesthetic used is the same used for dental procedures so you will be awake throughout your procedure and can ask questions while it is taking place. You will feel an initial sting from the anaesthetic injection, it then makes the area being treated feel numb, and this effect will wear off after a few hours.

Aftercare

After your appointment we will send your GP a discharge summary. Although it is unlikely that your lesion represents a danger to your health, we may send it to the laboratory for analysis and let you and your GP know the result as soon as we receive it. Should you have any queries after your procedure our team are here to support you so please don’t hesitate to call us.

Infection

There is an extremely low risk of post-operative infection for this type of surgery. You will be given advice about how to care for your wound. If you experience symptoms such as redness and heat on the lesion or begin to feel unwell please contact your GP as soon as possible.

Scarring

Most scars will be pale but occasionally they can become pigmented or darkened. Scars will usually fade but can persist. The degree of scarring depends on your age, where the lesion is and whether there is infection.

Recurrence

There is a very small risk that the lesion may return after treatment. This can occur with any lesion but is most common with epidermal or sebaceous cysts and lipomas. This will be discussed during the consultation.

If you are not satisfied with any aspect of our service, please discuss this directly with the surgeon at your appointment, or contact our Group Manager Mr. Shaid on 01274 256202