One of the areas we have had a lot of growth in here at The Staiano Clinic is in mole excision. I think one of the reasons is that we are able to offer a ‘See and Treat’ service which not many clinics are able to. We have our own state of the art operating suite here on site and so should you decide to have your mole excised on the same day as your consultation, then we can go straight to the operating suite and remove it for you.
The other reason that I think we are so popular when it comes to mole excision is that all of the Surgeons here at The Staiano Clinic are fully trained Plastic Surgeons. When it comes to mole excision there is a very wide range of Doctors who offer this procedure right from General Surgeons or ENT Surgeons through to GPs or Dermatologists who may not have any surgical training at all. So why choose a Plastic Surgeon for your mole excision?
When it comes to getting a good scar, there are several factors to consider. Plastic Surgeons are trained to respect the tissues and are known for their delicate instruments and meticulous techniques. If ever there is a complex wound to close in sensitive areas such as the face, around the eyes or lips, in situations where tissues are fragile or friable such as in the elderly or young children, and in cases where there has been extensive tissue loss or damage such as in explosive injuries or major trauma, the Plastic Surgeon is called in to put things together again.
We spend time thinking about what sort of sutures we are going to use to close the wound and what techniques would give the best cosmetic result with the maximum strength. Priorities are different for other surgeons and you may have seen a classical laparotomy scar which is classically a straight line on the abdomen with dots on either side. This is because General Surgeons, when they are performing a laparotomy, have a priority to treat some intra-abdominal pathology in the quickest, most efficient and safest way. They are not focusing on the cosmetic outcome of the skin scar, and if I was having a laparotomy I would not want them to be too concerned about the cosmetic outcome because it is usually performed for a serious condition. Most Surgeons when they are performing operations open and close the skin as a means to an end which is to perform their core surgical procedure, but in plastic surgery often the core surgical procedure is the opening and closing of the skin. We only operate on soft tissues and are trained to contour the body or remove tumours and therefore the training revolves around excision and closure. Because we are all trained as reconstructive surgeons we are very aware of the need to completely remove the tumour in the most effective way to allow us to close and reconstruct the defect with a minimum amount of morbidity. We will often be called in to reconstruct a defect after another surgeon has removed a cancer; and in these circumstances, the surgeon who is performing the excision is solely focused on getting a clear margin for tumour clearance and they do not have to think about the reconstruction because they know the Plastic Surgeon will come in and be able to handle any defect that they find.
We are in a unique position as Plastic Surgeons of being able to remove tumours and reconstruct them afterwards and so we can find that balance between making sure we get the lesion out completely, but at the same time minimising the damage to neighbouring structures and giving the best cosmetic outcome.
Plastic Surgeons are able to deal with skin lesions of any size and any type. We treat benign skin lesions, warts, skin tags, xanthelasma’s (cholesterol deposits around the eyes), we treat skin cancers (BCC, SCC and melanoma) of all shapes and sizes and in all locations. For this reason, when it comes to simple moles and cysts there is nothing that can phase us and if something was to crop up it is very unlikely that we will not have seen it before and know how to handle it. It is perfectly reasonable for GPs and Dermatologists and other Doctors to be removing moles and cysts and they can get good outcomes too, especially if they have spent some time with Plastic Surgeons learning some of our techniques. So, if you do have a lesion that you would like to have removed, whether it is because you are worried about it, or whether because it is unsightly, or it might be that it catches on your clothes, or bleeds, or is a nuisance; you can come for a free consultation with one of our Plastic Surgeons and if you did want to have it removed on the day then we could take you straight to the minor operating suite so that you could be rid of it forever within the hour.
If you are not sure whether your mole or lesion is suitable for excision then you can always send us a photograph and you will get an opinion from one of our Surgeons as well as a detailed quote of what it would cost to have it removed. All surgery is performed under a fixed price package which means there is an all-inclusive fee which covers the after-care and all dressings as well as any follow-up appointments.
Furthermore, our Director Jonathan Staiano does a live Q&A every Tuesday evening at 7pm so feel free to join in by going to our Facebook page and asking questions live, or email Laura your questions beforehand.
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