Skin surgery is often necessary to remove skin complaints such as moles which have changed in appearance, lesions, lumps, bumps, blemishes and skin cancer. In the majority of cases, this can be done under local anaesthetic, whilst awake. Occasionally children are born with skin problems including birth marks, vascular anomalies or extra ear appendages, which usually require removal under general anaesthetic. Non-surgical options, such as derma-rollering, BOTOX and fillers are available in the clinic and also help address skin anomalies such as acne scarring, wrinkles and volume deficiency (i.e sagging skin).
In order to remove a skin problem completely, a much larger hole is created, which can usually be closed together in a simple manner. In some circumstances it is necessary to move skin around the body in a variety of ways to close the hole created (flaps and skin grafts) and hide the scars in areas that naturally heal well, or hide scars in natural skin creases. This adds complexity to surgery but is the specialist area of expertise for Chris, who will maximise the opportunity for a good scar, whereby the scar is well-hidden, thin and pale.
Chris has trained in several leading malignant melanoma and skin cancer specialist units, has a paediatric fellowship from Great Ormond Street Hospital and currently works within a skin and craniofacial multidisciplinary team in his NHS role. He has removed and/or reconstructed over 2,000 skin complaints and some examples of the results achieved can be viewed in the gallery.