Our founder Mr Ivo Gwanmesia is a skin cancer expert and specialist in skin lesions removal. At Gwanmesia Plastic Surgery, we offer a variety of treatment modalities for the diagnosis and treatment or removal of skin lesions. The treatments we offer are performed under local anaesthetic and include punch biopsies, curettage, and surgical excisions.
As we age, a number of skin lesions appear on our bodies. These lesions can be benign, or in certain circumstances, they can be a form of cancer. Close monitoring of skin lesions is therefore of vital importance for our wellbeing. The benign lesions include skin tags, lipomas, simple moles, seborrhoeic keratoses and epidermoid or sebaceous cysts. The types of skin cancers include basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanomas. All of these skin lesions are removed under local anesthesia and the patients are discharged not long after the procedure is completed.
When removing an epidermoid cyst, My Gwanmesia makes an minimal incision over the cyst, drains it to remove the contents and, by also pulling the the cyst wall through the tiny skin opening, reduces the chance of the cyst reoccurring.
To remove a lipoma, Mr Gwanmesia makes an incision in the skin directly over it. The lipoma is carefully dissected away from its surrounding tissues with the aid of a pair of dissecting scissors and forceps. Once freed, any bleeding is stopped with the use of a diathermy.
Skin tags are simply numbed with local anaesthetic and then removed using either a blade and diathermy (needle for sealing blood vessels) or a freezing agent.
When Mr Gwanmesia performs an incision, the resulting defect is closed with stitches. The greatest care is taken to ensure any possible scarring is minimal. Stitches are removed between 5 to 14 days, depending on where they are found on the body.
We also work closely with a pathology laboratory in Central London who provide us with the diagnosis of every skin lump that we remove in our clinic. Follow up is arranged if required, and we use that opportunity to inform our patients of the diagnosis. If further specialist treatment is required, the patient is informed and the necessary arrangements are made.
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SKIN LESIONS REMOVAL FAQ
It depends on the type and size of the lesion. The price range is from £350 to £750 depending on the lesion type and size
Because these minor procedures are done under local anesthesia, you do not need to fast. However, it is best to avoid a heavy meal just before you attend
A a general rule of thumb, all lesions on the face can be removed between 5 and 7 days, those on the upper limbs (arm, forearm and hands), and torso (chest, abdomen and back), can be removed between 7 and 10 days, whilst those on the lower limbs (thighs, legs and feet) can be removed between 10 and 14 days
Plastic Surgeons in general are also reconstructive surgeons. They do not only perform cosmetic surgery. They are best placed to reconstruct any defects that are the result from the removal of any skin lesions or tumors
Every procedure, no matter how minor it is, always carries risk. These include infection, bleeding, adverse scaring, recurrence of the lesion and the need for revision