There can be many reasons for wanting a skin lesion
removed. Reasons range from purely cosmetic to removing one
of the various forms of skin cancer.
I have been removing moles and other skin lesions for over 30
A skin lesion is a part of the skin that has an abnormal
growth or appearance compared to the skin around it.
A skin tag is a small tag of skin which may have a
peduncle (stalk) - they look like a small piece of soft, hanging
They can appear on any part of the surface of the body
(skin), but most typically exist in areas where skin may rub
against skin, such as the:
An example of a skin tag:
Moles are growths on the skin that are usually
brown or black. Moles can appear anywhere on the skin, alone or in
Most moles appear in early childhood and during the
first 30 years of a person's life. It is normal to have between
10-40 moles by adulthood.
As the years pass, moles usually change
slowly, becoming raised and/or changing color. Often, hairs develop
on the mole. Some moles may not change at all, while others may
slowly disappear over time.
Here is an example of what a normal mole looks
Here is an example of what a cancerous
Squamous cell carcinoma:
Any skin lesion that is changing in any way should be assessed.
Phone and make an appointment if you would like to get an
If the diagnosis is clear and the lesion does not have the
possibility of being cancerous, liquid nitrogen can be applied
without the need for surgery. Simple skin tags, for example,
are best treated with nitrogen.
All moles themselves should always be surgically removed as the
deadliest skin cancer, malignant melanoma, can masquerade as a more
Skin lesion removal can be quite tricky as on some areas of the
body even a small lesion may not be able to be closed with simple
suturing together of the wound edges. In these cases , skin flaps
may be need to be fashioned adjacent to the wound and rotated in to
place to cover the original site. I really enjoy this type of
I strive for the safe removal of the lesion and the best
cosmetic result afterwards.
It must always be appreciated that any surgery can result in
unexpected bleeding, unexpected long term pain afterwards and
excessive unpredicted scarring. Of course these can be
managed, but such complications are upsetting to all concerned
Costs for surgery will depend on what is involved. This
can be discussed with me at your initial assessment (up to $71).
Between $150 - $300 is usual.
Please phone reception at Broadway Medical Centre to enquire about
Phone: 03 477 4335
Fax: 03 477 4337