Moles & skin lesions


Welcome to York Plastic Surgery, one of Yorkshire's leading clinics providing a comprehensive skin lesion service to patients and General Practitioners in York and the surrounding area. We also offer cosmetic, plastic surgery for for scars & keloids, labia correction (labiaplasty), liposuction, (liposculpture), body contouring, tummy tuck (abdominoplasty), belt lipectomy, arm lift (brachioplasty), and thigh lift.

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Lipoma (fatty lump)

Fatty lumps are benign (non-cancerous) fatty swellings under the skin. Occasionally these are uncomfortable. Painful or tender lesions may be angiolipoma.

Lipoma can be removed safely in a short procedure with you awake or asleep, depending on the size and position of the lipoma. Recurrence is uncommon.

Skin tags

These are common benign (non-cancerous) skin lesions that are unsightly and tend to catch of jewelry or clothing. Skin tags (or papilloma) can be effectively treated by cautery or removal, depending on site and size. They usually heal without much of a mark.


A cyst is a swelling on the face or body that may be tender or sore. You may have required antibiotics in the past if the cyst became infected or inflamed. Some cysts settle down themselves. Others need drainage when infected. Cysts can be removed simply under local anaesthetic (with you awake) as a day case. Recurrence is uncommon

Moles (naevi)

Moles are normal features of the skin and are usually brown. They can appear early in childhood or later in life. Moles usually change slowly over time, becoming raised, changing colour or growing hairs. Most of these are benign (non-cancerous) and can be safely left alone. However if there is any doubt about the diagnosis then the lesion may be removed for histology (examination under the microscope).

Moles can be removed for cosmetic reasons or if you catch them with a hairbrush, for example, often leaving little in the way of a scar. This can be done as a short procedure under local anaesthetic.

Dysplastic moles

Dysplastic moles may be larger than average and irregular in shape and colour. These should be reviewed by a specialist and removed for histology if necessary.

Skin cancer

The incidence of skin cancer is increasing due in part to increasing sun exposure. Most skin cancers can be effectively treated with a single minor procedure.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
BCC is the most common type of skin cancer in the UK. Most of these tumours are effectively treated with a short operation, under local anaesthetic (with you awake), as a day-case procedure. Most need no further treatment and do not recur.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
SCC is the second most common type of skin cancer. Again these tumours can be effectively treated with a single short procedure under local anaesthetic (with you awake), as a day-case. There is a small chance that skin SCC can spread to other parts of the body and your doctor will discuss this with you. For this reason you may be offered regular follow-up.

Moles are a normal feature of the skin and the vast majority are not dangerous. However there are a few signs that should prompt a review by your doctor or specialist:

  • If you spot a new mole (as an adult).
  • If an existing mole is large (greater than 6-7mm).
  • If a mole changes in colour (darker or loses colour), size (larger or regresses) or shape (becomes irregular).
  • If a mole becomes itchy, irritates or bleeds.

Moles with the above features should be assessed by a doctor and if there is any doubt as to the diagnosis then you should be referred to a specialist (Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist) for assessment and the mole should be removed and sent for examination under the microscope.

The treatment of melanoma is normally surgical and involves removal of the mole and a margin of surrounding skin to reduce the risk of recurrence and spread. This can usually be done under local anaesthetic (with you awake) as a day case procedure. Your specialist will then arrange for follow-up for 1-5 years depending on the type of melanoma. Further treatment is occasionally required.

Skin grafts and flaps

Plastic Surgeons often use skin grafts and flaps to close wounds after removal of skin lesions.

A skin graft is a piece of skin taken from one body site (common 'donor sites' include the neck or in front of or behind the ear) and transferred to another body site (such as the face) to close or cover a wound. The graft gains a blood supply from the wound bed and heals. The donor site is usually closed with stitches. Skin grafts usually heal in 1-2 weeks and mature over the next 6-18 months.

A skin flap is a piece of skin transferred with its blood supply intact. This is a common technique in the face after removal of skin cancers. Usually the donor site and the flap is closed with stiches and heals within 1-2 weeks. A flap tends to provide a better skin match than a graft because it is taken from adjacent skin.

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