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Considering mole removal in Kent, Sussex, Surrey or London? We can help…

Mr Paul Banwell is a Consultant Plastic Surgeon and specialises in mole removal with minimal scarring in the South East area. We have clinics for surgical mole removal in East Grinstead, Tunbridge Wells, Haywards Heath, Brighton, Sevenoaks, Worthing, Horsham, Caterham, Burgess Hill, Guildford and London. Please phone the Banwell Clinic today on 0845 2600 261.

Do you have moles that you dislike?

Many moles (medical term = 'naevus' or 'naevi' ) are not only cosmetically unacceptable, but they may also be a nuisance. They may get cut during shaving, bleed, or get caught on clothing, necklaces or combs. Some moles are “beauty spots”, but others may look unattractive and be a source of concern. The same may apply to small birth marks, skin tags, warts, cysts, papillomas and other lumps and bumps on the skin which need removing.

Doctors know that most moles can be removed simply and quickly without the need to cut the skin or have stitches (otherwise known as shave excision) although sometimes stitches may be required. The expert skin specialist, Mr Paul Banwell, uses both these methods to remove moles or birthmarks. These small procedures are carried out under a local aneasthetic (with you awake) but sometimes sedation or a general anaesthetic might be preferable.

Moles on the face and neck respond best to removal techniques. Other body areas are more likely to leave a small patch of pale skin when the mole has gone.  Of course, all moles are examined by Mr Banwell who will identify and define it before removal and if there is any concern that the moles are not completely benign (harmless growths) then sampling of tissue may be recommended with the pathologist. In these cases we like to be sure the mole is not possibly cancerous.

Alternatively Mr Banwell may decide to remove the whole mole (this is termed an excision biopsy). In most cases the moles will be sent away to the laboratory for analysis unless the surgical removal is purely for cosmetic reasons. You are in good hands as Mr Banwell performs hundreds of these procedures every year and is also Head of the Melanoma and Skin Cancer Unit (MASCU) in East Grinstead. Mr Banwell has clinics for mole removal, surgical mole excision and skin tag removal in East Grinstead, Haywards Heath, Tunbridge Wells, Worthing, Brighton and London. So if you would like mole removal or surgical mole removal in Sussex, Kent or Surrey please phone the office on 0845 2600 261.

Mr Banwell is able to remove hairy moles, unsightly moles, skin tags, warts, warty lesions, keratotic lesions, skin cancers, basal cell carcinomas (BCC), squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and malginant melanomas (MM). For mole removal surgery in Sussex, mole removal Kent and mole removal Surrey please phone 0845 2600 261.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  • What is a mole excision?

    This refers simply to the surgical removal (cutting out) of a mole or “lump & bump” on the skin. The resultant wound is usually then put back together with stitches (sutures) but in some cases the lump/mole may be ‘shaved’ off and stitches are not required. There have also been instances of a dermatologist or doctor freezing a mole before removal.

  • What does it involve?

    The procedure is usually performed under local anaesthetic (with you awake and the skin numbed by giving an injection with a needle – just like at the dentist). This is a quick and simple procedure with a short recovery period which will be thoroughly explained to you.

  • How long does the surgery take?

    The operation itself may take between 15 - 60 minutes, depending upon what is being removed. You will be in the operating theatre for slightly longer than this to prepare for the surgery process and have the injection of the local anaesthetic.

  • What happens after the operation?

    Aftercare following the surgery will see the wound being dressed with brown micropore tape. This can get wet (showering or washing) but you should not soak in the bath. You will be able to shower the day after surgery, after which you can pat the tape dry with a towel then use a hairdryer. It is important to ensure the tape is fully dried. This will stay in place until after your stitches are removed. Mr Banwell may give you antibiotics in some instances.

  • How long before daily activities may be resumed?

    You will be able to return to sedentary activity (i.e. an office job) the following day, but should avoid strenuous physical activity for a minimum of 2-weeks. Stitches are removed between 1 and 2 weeks after the surgery. If your lump was shaved off then you will just leave the dressing to fall off in time.

    You will be able to drive the following day if you are careful. If the operation was on your face or head, it is important not to bend down or lift things for 48-hours after the operation – this is to minimise the risk of bleeding (for example, when doing up shoe laces, bring your foot up whilst sitting down, rather than bending down). It is also a good idea to use a couple of pillows when sleeping to avoid laying flat. This helps minimize swelling and there may be redness and scarring.

  • What are the success rates?

    This is a safe, reliable and simple procedure with a low complication rate.

  • What are the possible complications?

    These include wound infection, bleeding (usually just bleeding through the dressing), pain, numbness, damage to nerves and vessels, delayed wound healing and the formation of a lumpy scar (known as a hypertrophic or keloid scar). A further problem occasionally encountered is “suture spitting” - this refers to the deeper dissolvable stitches coming out of the wound often after several weeks  (and rarely months) after the surgery.

Please contact Mr Banwell's office on 01342 330302 or email help@paulebanwell.com for further information.

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At a Glance

SURGERY TIME
30 - 60 minutes

HOSPITAL STAY
Outpatient procedure (sometimes day case main theatre)

ANAESTHETIC ASSESSMENT
No

PRE ADMISSION TESTS
No

SLEEPING POSITION
Sleeping with pillows for 1 week

REASONABLY MOBILE
1 day

WASHING
Can shower immediately.

DRIVING
Following day

EXERCISE INCLUDING GYM
2 weeks off

TIME OFF WORK
1 day

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