Most people have moles on their skin, they can be rough, or smooth and vary in colour from light, to dark brown. Warts are also common, in groups, or individually, often on your hands, or feet.
Understandably, clients ask for removal at our London cosmetic skin clinics, moles and particularly warts may be unsightly. Removal techniques can be similar but medical needs bring a rather different focus.
Warts can be painful, particularly veruccas on the sole of the foot, they may itch, or bleed and tend to affect children, or teenagers more than adults. They can also be contagious to a degree and could be mistaken for certain skin cancers.
As with any growth on your skin, warts should be looked at by an experienced dermatologist. The same applies to moles, although more so as they can become malignant.
A few moles may simply be part of your life but if you see any change in colour, shape, or size of even individual moles, or if new ones appear as an adult, you should seek professional advice.
Mole Diagnosis & Removal
Very occasionally, moles develop into malignant melanoma, an aggressive form of skin cancer which should be diagnosed and treated as early as possible. Neither should you wait until you feel any physical symptoms.
Our consultant dermatologists will examine you thoroughly, discuss any related family history, or previous incidences of less aggressive cancer. With a unit for skin cancer treatment in house, we offer every possible facility.
The consultant’s expertise is itself valuable and backed up by state of the art diagnostic facilities. From advanced microscopes, to our own lab, to the best possible treatment.
Non surgical removal of moles can be feasible, although we often use careful surgical excision for mole removal in our London clinics. We are amongst the leaders in the UK for specialist surgery focused on cosmetic preservation.
With this approach, our patients receive the best possible prognosis and a good aesthetic outcome, reflecting the dual dermatological and cosmetic role at the heart of all our treatment.
Seborrheic Wart Removal In London
Other types of wart, such as the veruccas mentioned earlier, can be safely removed by our dermatologists. We are focusing on seborrhoeic warts as they are such a common part of life, often part of ageing.
They can also be known as seborrhoeic keratoses and tend to have a rough surface, ranging in colour from light to dark brown, perhaps darkening, or growing as the years go by.
Although seborrhoeic warts are benign, they can be a nuisance, become inflamed, itch, or catch on clothing. They are also an aesthetic issue but as importantly, they can be confused with serious conditions, such as malignant melanomas.
Visually diagnosing seborrhoeic warts is in a sense straightforward but our consultants will take great care and again, consider your family, or personal medical history.
The same level of diagnostic equipment we mentioned for moles and the same level of expertise are available. Seborrhoeic wart removal is a common and successful procedure, we simply believe in an accurate diagnosis before proceeding.
Assuming seborrhoeic warts are the problem, our aim is to destroy and remove them for good, with minimal or no scarring. There are chemical options, such as trichloroacetic acid which can be an answer but may risk damage to surrounding skin.
Seborrhoeic wart removal in our London clinics is normally carried out using cryotherapy, freezing with liquid nitrogen. A better option in most cases, which could be the solution for you.
After mole and wart removal, we offer all the advice you need, to care for the treated area and for your skin. Prevention is better than cure, part of the reason we offer mole mapping, an ideal way to keep an eye on any changes.
Ensuring you remain healthy and can access advice, or treatment in a specialist environment is the purpose of our London dermatology service. You are welcome to get in touch at any time.