What is Skin anomaly?

A skin anomaly is any visible or noticeable difference within or attached to the skin. There can be a change of colour (vascular) or pigment (mole/birthmark/blemish) or an abnormal lump, growth, swelling, depression or patch. They are usually non-cancerous and there may be non-surgical options for treatment.

What are the non-surgical and surgical options available?

Contour anomalies can be filled with fillers, either temporary and synthetic or more permanent options such as a person’s own tissue (eg fat transfer. Occasionally, a skin lesion can be scraped off with a curette or cured with localised heat therapy. However, usually, removal of the abnormal skin patch with closure of the normal skin either side, allows complete treatment with minimal risk of recurrence.

How long do the results last for?

The results usually last for life. Depending on exactly what it is, some patients can sometimes re-grow similar problems in new places. These will often be treated in the same way.

What are the risks?

The trade off is always the scar, which should be actively managed during the first year or two of maturation. This is usually of good quality, whereby the scar is thin and pale, making it especially easy to camouflage, but ethnicity and genetic factors can affect the appearance significantly. A small risk of recurrence is always sited before the operation. Chris will explain the exact implications of the lesion once the specimen has been examined in the laboratory. Infection, bruising, bleeding and swelling are risks of any surgery.

What are the success rates?

Excellent. The chance of the problem returning is very small.

How much does the surgery cost?

The indicative prices below include the surgical fee, any anaesthetic used and the associated fees from the consultant administering this, in addition to the hospital fee and all tests and follow up. An accurate breakdown and a detailed quote will be given following the initial consultation.

From £900 under local anaesthetic.

From £2850 under general anaesthetic.

What general advice is there?

Following skin surgery on the face or hand, it is advised to keep the area elevated above the level of the heart for a few days to allow swelling to subside. This may involve sleeping with a few extra pillows to allow elevation, or sitting with hands resting on armchair cushions. Keeping the area dry for at least 72 hours aids healing. If possible, the dressing should be kept intact until the first follow up appointment.