A skin tag is a small and usually flesh coloured growth which appears on the skin. While skin tags present no medical threat, people often choose to have them removed either because of discomfort or for cosmetic reasons.
Skin tags are not malignant or contagious, but should ideally skin tag removal should be carried out to avoid further discomfort. Most skin tags can simply be cut off with surgical scissors, or treated via laser to prevent growth.
Some skin tags may need to be surgically removed under local anaesthetic or frozen off. At the Cambridge Aesthetic Clinic, we’ll offer a range of options for the removal of your skin tag.
Moles are pigmented skin lesions of variable appearance. They are very common, can occur all over the body and while usually of no medical significance, moles sometimes can be a sign of skin cancer . For the majority of people wanting their moles removed it is for cosmetic reasons. And it is for this reason that mole removal is a very common procedure at The Cambridge Aesthetic Clinic.
There are a number of different techniques which can be used to remove your mole. Mr Abood will fully discuss the best method of mole removal for you. The removal process is usually carried out under a local anaesthetic which involves and injection into the skin to numb it so that the procedure itself is painless.
With any surgical procedure a scar is inevitable, however Mr Abood will always plan to limit any scar and advise you on how best to look after it and therefore encourage it to fade away.
Resurfacing lasers are a common option for mole removal because they leave few marks or scars behind. However, laser treatment isn’t appropriate for all forms of moles, and Mr Abood will always offer the most appropriate advice for your situation.
Lipomas are very common and usually harmless lumps beneath the skin. Around one in one-hundred people develop lipomas, making them a common skin lesion. Although usually harmless, you may want to remove a lipoma if it is a a cosmetic concern. Thankfully, the removal process is generally very simple.
Lipoma removal is a relatively simple procedure where a local anaesthetic is injected around the growth. This is done to make the surgical removal of your lipoma painless.
Following the incision, the lipoma is separated away from the surrounding tissue. It is then removed and the skin subsequently stitched in order to minimise any scarring or marks.
If the lipoma is very large or located on a part of the body that isn’t readily accessible, it may be advised that removal is undertaken using general anaesthesia in a medical operating theatre.
A cyst is a soft tissue swelling that usually appears as a small, painless bump. While generally harmless, a cyst can become painful if infected. Cysts are frequently in visible areas, such as the face, and therefore can be aesthetically troublesome which is why cyst removal is a common procedure performed at the Cambridge Aesthetic Clinic.
Cyst removal at the Cambridge Aesthetic Clinic is performed under a local anesthetic and typically carried out via surgical excision. This involves a small incision over the cyst which allows it to be removed safely and with minor scarring.
Simple skin lesion removals such as a mole or “lump” or skin tag is usually performed under local anaesthetic. The lesion is surgically removed and the resulting wound is carefully stitched.
The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic (the patient remains awake). The skin around the lesion is made numb through an injection. The area is cleaned and covered in sterile drapes . Once the skin lesion is removed, any bleeding is stopped with surgical cautery, the wound is carefully stitched and a discrete dressing is placed over it. Occasionally, if the wound is very small it is possible to use a dressing alone, instead of stitches.
I perform the full spectrum of reconstructive techniques and draw from these to optimise functional and aesthetic outcomes that are tailored to the individual.
I am the clinical lead for major trauma reconstruction and core member of the skin cancer multi-disciplinary team at Addenbrooke’s Hospital. I have a sub-specialist interest in reconstructive microsurgery and routinely undertake free flap surgery for limb salvage . Prior to becoming a consultant I undertook advanced fellowship training in head and neck reconstruction and breast reconstruction.
There are a number of different forms of skin cancer which vary in their incidence and seriousness. All require treatment and for the majority this involves surgical removal so that it can be analysed in a laboratory. The most common form of skin cancer in the UK is Basal Cell Carcinoma (also known as BCC or rodent ulcer).
Most skin cancer removal can be performed with a local anaesthetic (the patient remains awake). The skin around the lesion is made numb through an injection and the area is cleaned and covered in sterile drapes . Once the skin has been injected the skin cancer is surgically removed and the resulting wound is carefully stitched closed. If it is too large to stitch, plastic surgery techniques such as skin grafting or the use of skin flaps may be required to close the wound.
There are numerous surgical techniques available to improve the appearance of a scar. The best method will be determined by the type, size and location of the scar you have.A combination of techniques and treatments may be required to optimise the aesthetic outcome. Although scars can’t be made to disappear completely it is usually possible to significantly improve their appearance.
This will depend upon the size, site and type of scar that you have. This will influence whether it is possible to have it surgically altered under a local or general anaesthetic and also whether other surgical techniques need to be utilised in order to achieve the best aesthetic outcome.Surgery is only part of the process in optimising scar outcomes and Mr Abood will advise you how best to look after your scar following surgery.
The decision to have cosmetic surgery is often highly personal and needs very careful consideration. It should only be made after being given informed and comprehensive information from an accredited plastic surgeon who can go through the realistic expecations at each step of the journey.
Many patients have concerns about the appearance of excess or sagging skin.This is often the result of weight loss, the after effects of pregnancy or simply ageing. While a perceived skin excess may be the primary issue in many cases, there are often a combination of factors involved which may require a number of different techniques or approaches in order to achieve the very best aesthetic outcome. In every case, a holistic approach is required in order to achieve the very best outcomes.
Below are some of the most popular procedures requested. If you would like to discuss these or any other cosmetic procedures in detail please arrange a consultation with me.
Tummy tucks (Abdominoplasty)
Face and neck lifts
Eyelid surgery (Blepharoplasty)
Fat transfer/Fat fillers
WHAT ARE FILLERS?
Dermal fillers are used as an effective treatment for deep lines and wrinkles. They can help to restore a youthful appearance to the face by reducing established lines and wrinkles, plumping up hollows and smoothing the contours of your face.
In addition to these benefits, fillers containing hyaluronic acid also have a hydrating effect on skin. Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring sugar molecule found throughout the body. It binds water and holds it in the tissues, keeping them plump and giving the skin a refreshed look. Its natural functions in the body include giving skin its elasticity. Commercially-available HA fillers include the JuvedermTM & VolbellaTM ranges, by Allergan. These HA fillers are the favoured choice at The Cambridge Aesthetic Clinic.
WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?
HA fillers are injected into the skin in small amounts to restore volume and structure. Most HA fillers contain local anaesthetic to relieve the discomfort of the injections and to minimise any post-injection pain. A separate local anaesthetic injection may be administered prior to the treatment in order to make the treatment as comfortable as possible.
WHAT OUTCOME CAN I EXPECT?
The result of HA treatment are not permanent. Typically results will last 6-12 months before further top-ups are indicated. For the lips, 6-monthly treatments may be necessary.
WHAT IS A CHEMICAL PEEL?
A chemical peel is a topical treatment used to improve the appearance of the skin on the face, neck or hands. A chemical solution is applied to the skin that causes it to exfoliate and eventually peel off. The new, regenerated skin is usually smoother and less wrinkled than the old skin. Chemical peels can make a tremendous difference to a number of conditions, Including:Acne scars; Ageing skin; Crow’s feet; Scars; Sun damaged skin ; Sagging skin and wrinkles. A thorough evaluation is imperative before embarking upon a chemical peel.
ARE THERE DIFFERENT TYPES?
There are three basic types of chemical peels: Superficial, Medium and Deep.
In a superficial peel alpha-hydroxy acid or another mild acid is used to penetrate the top layer of skin (epidermis) and to gently exfoliate it. The effect is to improve the appearance of mild skin discoloration and rough skin as well as to refresh the face, neck, chest or hands. The effects of the medium and deep peels is to penetrate sequentially deeper layers of the skin and thereby promote greater peeling and a more dramatic effect. They will tend to be used where the pre-existing skin imperfections or damage form ultraviolet exposure, skin ageing or acne scarring is greater. Superficial and medium peels are usually prescribed as a course of treatments in order to achieve the maximum benefit.
ARE THERE ANY RISKS WITH THEM?
Chemical peels are usually safe treatments, if performed by someone who is experienced and qualified. However, there are some risks, including: your skin may appear darker or lighter than normal after treatment, which can be permanent; if you’ve had cold sores in the past, there’s a chance the treatment could cause them to recur; you may develop scarring or an infection after treatment, although this is rare
As it heals, your skin will also be more sensitive to the sun, so you’ll need to use sun cream for a period after treatment.