Minor surgical procedures at our registered Medical Aesthetics Clinic in Carlisle, Cumbria are carried out by Dr A G Rippon who specialises in minor surgery and aesthetics. 

What are Moles? 

Moles are small coloured spots on the skin that grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin. These spots are made up of cells called melanocytes, which produce the colour or pigment in your skin. Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during puberty and during pregnancy and can range from pink or brown to black in colour. Moles may present flat or raised, oval or circular and are common, you can be born with them, inheriting them genetically or they can form from sun exposure. Although number of moles varies from person to person, fair skinned people generally have more moles due to lower amounts of melanin in their skin, and the average adult has between 10 and 40 moles. Most of the time these moles are harmless. However, we need to conduct skin checks regularly (Dr Rippon recommends monthly, especially if you have a relative with skin cancer, or at least every three months) to see if our moles have changed. In rare circumstances a cancer known as Melanoma can arise within a pre-existing mole. These moles will need to be removed for the safety of the patient. In most cases however, moles are benign and harmless. Often, patients would like them removed for cosmetic or practical reasons as they often catch on clothing or 
jewellery causing discomfort.

How will my mole be removed?

Dr Rippon will use surgical excision to guarantee permanent mole removal. The treatment is carried out under local anaesthetic to reduce discomfort. Dr Rippon will use a scalpel to excise the mole, leaving a small linear scar roughly the size of the mole removed which will improve over time. (PRP can be used to improve and shorten the time of improvement - please see the use of platelet rich plasma on our website) The wound will then be stitched and a dressing applied. Benefits of removing moles by surgery is that moles can be sent off for histology to test for malignancy. Prior to treatment, Dr Rippon will go through a medical aesthetic consultation with you. He will assess your mole and decide whether it is suitable for treatment. If treatment is decided you will be able to book an appointment for the procedure to be carried out by Dr Rippon at his clinic, Rippon Medical Services, 2 Spinners Yard, Fisher Street, Carlisle, CA3 8RE. You will be given after care instructions and will be reviewed at 7 days by Dr Rippon for removal of any sutures and have your wound checked. You will be covered by our after care procedure promise and be given access to advice post procedure at any time.

Skin Tag Removal  

Skin tags are small, brown or flesh-coloured growths that protrude from the surface of the skin. They can be found anywhere on the skin but are typically found in areas where the skin rubs against itself. Though generally harmless and nothing to worry about they are aesthetically unappealing and can rub on clothing causing irritation. Treatment is quick and easy, with a range of removal options available, Cryotherapy, Thermocoagulation Therapy via Veinwave, Ligation in which the end of the tag is tied off, interrupting its blood supply and causing it to fall off. Tags can also be surgically removed with a scalpel. You will be seen as an outpatient and be able to go home following the procedure. All these treatments are carried out under a local anaesthetic and are expertly removed. There will be a small white scar where the skin tag has been removed. Post treatment advice and follow up will be given. 

Lipoma Removal 

Lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour of fatty tissue, they are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin. Lipomas are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells that can be found anywhere in the body but typically found on the neck, back or shoulders. They typically start small and gradually enlarge over time. Malignant transformation of lipomas into liposarcomas is extremely rare (and often controversial) generally Dr Rippon would recommend excision to allow for pathologic evaluation (which is the only way to make a definitive diagnosis). Lipoma removal is usually straightforward and can be performed under local anaesthetic by Dr Rippon. They will be surgically removed with a scalpel. The area will be stitched and a dressing will be applied. Full post procedure advice and follow up will be given. 

Sebaceous Cyst Removal

Sebaceous cysts are common noncancerous cysts of the skin. Cysts are abnormalities in the body that may contain liquid or semiliquid material called sebum. Sebaceous cysts are mostly found on the face, neck or torso but can also be found in other areas of the body like the genitalia. They vary in size and are usually harmless but can become painful or infected especially when they are irritated. Sebaceous Cysts can be surgically removed by our Medical Director, Dr Rippon who will remove by excising the cyst contents and sac. By removing the sac, Dr Rippon will help prevent the cyst from returning. He will remove the cyst under local anaesthetic and you will be given post treatment advice and follow up. For more information on the procedure please contact the patient call line on 01228 791447.

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