Examples of skin blemishes we can remove
Skin Tag Removal
Skin tags are small flesh-coloured or brown growths that hang off the skin. They’re very common and harmless. Skin tags can vary in size from a few millimetres up to 5cm wide. They’re usually found on the neck, armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also grow on the eyelids or under the folds of the buttocks.
Moles are small raised spots on the skin which can be colourless or coloured. Most are benign and not troublesome but they can cause cosmetic problems and you may prefer to have them removed even though they are not cancerous. Should any mole look suspicious we can refer you immediately to Dr Asslam, our in-clinic Consultant Dermatologist, for a mole check and treatment consultation.
A haemangioma is the most common type of birthmark. It is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour of the cells, called endothelial cells, which normally line the blood vessels and which multiply at an abnormally rapid rate. This collection of small blood vessels forms a lump in or under the skin.
Actinic Keratosis Removal
Actinic keratoses, also known as solar keratoses, are rough patches of skin caused by damage from years of sun exposure. They commonly appear on the face, scalp and ears. They aren’t usually a serious problem and can go away on their own, but there is a chance they might turn into skin cancer at some point. Our preventative and curative treatment uses light-sensitive medication and a light source to destroy abnormal cells.
Cherry Angioma Removal
These are small bright red spots, sometimes slightly raised and often develop on the trunk or face, but can occur anywhere. They are small abnormalities of the tiny blood vessels in the skin. Again they rarely cause problems but can be unsightly.
Seborrhoeic Keratoses Removal
Seborrhoeic Keratoses appear with age and are very common and harmless. They begin as slightly raised, skin coloured or light brown spots. Gradually they thicken and take on a rough, warty surface, slowly darkening over time. There may be one or many of them, on covered and uncovered areas of the body.
Xanthelasma is a collection of yellowish cholesterol deposits underneath the skin around the eyes. Although they are not harmful, their appearance can be upsetting. As the affected area is normally very close to the eyes, surgery can be risky, and can leave significant scarring. Our non-surgical treatment provides a safe and effective alternative with minimal risk of scarring.
A cyst is a lump just underneath the skin. Cysts are made from an accumulation of dead skin cells which have failed to shed during the natural skin turnover and renewal process. Common and harmless, they can be effectively removed with non-surgical treatment.
Syringomas are benign growths of the sweat glands that appear as small brown, yellow, or pink bumps. Often mistaken for Milia, they typically cluster around the eyes or neck. Appearing at any age (often in adolescence) they aren’t dangerous and can be left alone. If cosmetically upsetting, they can be removed but may reoccur.
Warts are small lumps on the skin that many people have at some point in their lifetime. They do not cause any harm but they can be itchy, painful or embarrassing. Because they are caused by a virus they can easily spread and although they can go away on their own, it may take months or even years.
A lipoma is a fatty benign tumor located just between the skin surface and muscle layer. Slow growing, a lipoma isn’t cancer and is usually harmless. They can vary in size and are painless but depending on their location sometimes can be uncomfortable.
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)
Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. Forming in the basal cells in the lower part of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin), it may appear as a small white or flesh-coloured lump that grows slowly and may bleed occasionally. Found on areas of the body damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds, they typically appear on the head, neck, chest, upper back, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC)
Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) is the second most common form of skin cancer. Forming in the squamous cells in the upper part of the epidermis (the outer layer of the skin), this faster-growing cancer may appear as a scab or ulcer that won’t heal. Found on areas of the body damaged by UV rays from the sun or tanning beds, they typically appear on the head, neck, chest, upper back, ears, lips, arms, legs, and hands.
Please visit our Mohs page for information on specialist surgery for skin cancers.
Electrocauterization is a minor surgical procedure using electricity to heat tissue, drying up and removing the mole, cyst, wart or skin tag.
Curettage is a medical procedure in which a sharp instrument is used to scrapes blemishes from the skin. It can be used on its own or combined with Electrocautery.
Our laser technology uses light energy to destroy Haemangioma and Cherry Angiomas.
This surgical laser cuts and cauterises skin tissue.
Plexr® treatment uses plasma energy to vaporise small lesions.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs Surgery is a precise surgical technique for treating types of skin cancer, done in stages, including lab work, while the patient waits. All cancerous cells are removed, while healthy tissue is left untouched, leaving the smallest possible scar.
- Dermoscopy exam, skin analysis, medical diagnosis and personalised treatment plan – incl. one follow up
Dermatology Consultation OR Mole Check
- Dermoscopy exam, skin analysis, medical diagnosis and personalised treatment plan
Skin Tags, Skin Coloured Moles, Haemangioma,
Warts, Verrucaes, Cherry Angiomas, Seborrhoeic Keratoses
- Price and number of treatments on consultation.
- Price and number of treatments on consultation.
Meet with one of our Doctors to talk about your skin concerns
There is no need to be referred by your GP for treatment but you may wish to discuss it with them first. If you have any concerns regarding skin blemishes, especially moles, it is important to get them checked out immediately, particularly if you notice changes in shape, size, border or colour.
If you decide you would like treatment with us, you will have an initial consultation with one of our highly qualified aesthetic doctors. In this confidential and no-obligation meeting, you can discuss your concerns, expectations, treatment options and possible outcomes.
Our doctor will examine your skin in detail with a dermoscope during your consultation. This magnifies the skin and allows our experienced and knowledgeable doctors to spot potentially troublesome lesions which require a referral.
As members of the Primary Care Dermatology Society our doctors continues to receive dermoscopy training and are regularly updated with dermatological issues.
Take time to decide
After your consultation, we advise you to take time at home to make a considered decision about the treatment of your blemishes. If you choose to go ahead, we will make an appointment for your procedure that will remove them once and for all.
Come for safe, comfortable treatment in our private clinic
On the day of treatment, you will come to our private clinic in Burnley. Our doctor will review your treatment, take pictures of your blemish(es) and will go through a treatment consent form with you.
The area to be treated will be cleaned, injected with local anaesthetic if required and your chosen treatment carried out.
Our doctor will talk you through caring for the treated area and you will be given a post-procedure care pack if required. An appointment will be made for a two-week follow up, which is included in the cost of your treatment.
Look after your renewed skin
Our doctor will give you specific instructions about looking after your wound. It’s important to keep the wound site clean in the first 24-48 hours to reduce the chances of infection while it heals.
We advise you to:
- Keep the wound dry for 48 hours and then clean it gently daily
- Keep the scar out of the sun until it’s healed
- If the area where your skin lesion was removed gets increasingly painful, or becomes red and sore, you’ll need to let us know. You could have an infection in the wound and you may need to have some antibiotics.
- Your scar may be red and raised at first. It will gradually fade over several months.
Your skin health comes first
Almost all common skin blemishes are benign (non-cancerous), however, if you have a skin blemish that our doctor suspects may not be benign he can immediately refer you to our in-clinic Consultant Dermatologist for private treatment, or your own doctor for treatment on the NHS if your prefer.
When you have a skin tag, mole or cyst, the most important factor to consider is whether it is clinically safe for removal. This comes down to the expertise of the clinician doing the procedure and their knowledge of dermatology.
Dr. Jose Miguel Montero Garcia
Principal Doctor – LMS (Granada, Spain), PGCCM (Leicester), MBCAM, MSc NSCI (UCLan)
Born in Almeria, Spain, Miguel has practiced medicine in England since 1994. Initially working in North-West hospitals developing his surgical and medical skills, he then worked as a GP in Burnley for 11 years. Miguel combines his knowledge of surgery, medicine, skin health and laser technology in his role as our medical director and principal practitioner.
Dr Montero has 11 years’ experience performing minor dermatological surgery in the NHS, received dermatology training as part of his Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine, is a member of the Primary Care Dermatology Society and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Dermatology. He is highly trusted by his patients to assess their suitability for treatment and to let them know any potential problems.
Miguel is a member of the European Laser Association, British Medical Laser Association, British Medical Acupuncture Society, British College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Primary Care Dermatology Society. He is the lead in CPD and one of only a few Doctors to hold a Post Graduate Diploma in Cosmetic Medicine from the University of Leicester.
Dr Arif Aslam
Consultant Dermatologist – MBChB, MRCP (UK), MRCP(Dermatology), FRACP, FACD
Doctor Arif Aslam is a highly-regarded Consultant Dermatologist from Burnley.
After spending several years working internationally, due to the high demand for his specialist surgical skills, he joined the Discover Laser Team in September 2020. This fulfilled his ambition to offer Mohs and advanced dermatological services in his home town.
Arif is a double fellowship-trained Mohs Micrographic Surgeon – one of only 14 UK-based members of the prestigious American College of Mohs Surgery.
A friend and colleague of Dr Montero’s for many years, they work in close partnership offering both laser and surgical treatments for skin abnormalities.
The majority of blemishes can be successfully removed with just one treatment. If you require more than one treatment this will be discussed at your consultation.
Electrocautery: A wound similar to a graze will form, which will then scab and fall off revealing new skin underneath.
Curettage: A small scab will form, which will then fall off revealing new skin underneath.
Laser: Immediately after treatment the area may go darker and look bruised, this will fade after a few days leaving no visible signs of treatment.
Plexr: The marks from each pulse of energy will be visible (as tiny dark dots) and will start to form scabs which together with the swelling will last for approximately 5 -7 days. There is no pain or discomfort and once the scabs have fallen off your skin will be smooth and flat but still pink. The colour will subside in the days/weeks that follow.
Your wound will typically take 7-10 days to heal and may be red for a few weeks before leaving normal skin or occasionally a small white flat mark. The skin may ooze or be sore immediately following the procedure, but most patients can return to work on the same day.
The removal of most blemishes will leave normal skin or occasionally a small white flat mark, which will regain its normal pigmentation over time. You should avoid picking any scabs to avoid scarring.
It is essential to apply a very high factor sun screen and avoid all sun exposure to the treated area to avoid burning the new skin and pigmentation damage.
Any blemishes that are excised will leave a scar. Generally, the size of your blemish will determine the length of your scar. As with all surgical scars there is a small chance that will overgrow and form a larger scar than usual (called keloid scarring).
Sometimes the risk of a prominent scar being unsightly is significant, and your doctor may recommend that you do not have it removed. This is a particularly important issue for blemishes on the face.
You may feel some minor discomfort from the initial local anaesthetic injection, but the procedure itself is painless and quick, usually taking less than twenty minutes.
Your wound may be slightly sore for 7-10 days whilst it heals. We recommend that you apply Vaseline to the wound 3-4 times daily to keep it moist and avoid picking any scabs, to avoid scarring.
It is important that you apply a very high factor sun screen.
Many patients have multiple blemishes and it is possible to treat several at a time. However, it is sometimes better to remove one or just a small number of blemishes to assess your individual wound healing.
The vast majority of moles treated by shave excision will result in an excellent scar and only 3-5% of moles will re-grow longer-term. If re-growth does occur then it will usually take several years, however occasionally this re-growth can occur earlier.
The removal of skin tags, moles and cysts is not available on the NHS for most patients since the procedure is considered purely cosmetic. Only moles and skin tags which have suspicious features or are likely to be cancerous are removed under the NHS in the UK. If you have any concerns regarding your moles then it is important to get it checked out by a doctor immediately, particularly if you notice any changes in shape, size, border or colour.
There must be no risk of skin cancer in moles if they are to be removed for cosmetic purposes. If, during your examination, one or more of your moles is found to be suspicious then we will refer you to your GP who can arrange for further assessment.
Having a blemish removed can be a bit daunting for many patients, but there really isn’t anything to worry about as the procedure is very quick and the majority of patients are delighted with the final result.
I came to see Doctor Montero about a large number of skin tags on my neck which were unsightly and often commented on by my children. I am so relieved that they are gone – you can hardly see that they were ever there at all.
Janet ~ Discover Laser Patient
Discover Laser is an amazing place to visit and have treatment. The first impressions when you enter fills you with confidence that you’ve chosen well and the warm, friendly greeting from the reception team put your mind at rest that you’re going to get looked after.
The treatment from Dr. Jose Miguel Monterey Garcia was first class….I had my Haemangioma removed from my cheek. I was so anxious leading up to the consultation, the little friend on my cheek really had me worried. Fortunately it turned out to be “not so bad” after all – the experience and professionalism here was first class. The results are amazing too. I had my follow up appointment today and all’s well, better still no scarring or lasting defects on my face following the laser treatment.
Craig ~ Preston