popsugarPopsugar UK delivers its summer roundup of the best ways to protect young skin from the sun’s harmful rays in:

“The Best Sunscreens For Kids and Babies, According to Dermatologists”

As the article explains, sunscreen is essential for children, as their skin is more sensitive. Even though summer holidays may be looking uncertain, the time spent outdoors could still be adding up this year:

“…despite everything that’s happening on the pandemic front, lockdown restrictions are slowly easing, which means you may have started spending more time outdoors with your family as the weather warms up. There’s no doubt your children are already begging you for trips to the park or, if you’re lucky enough to have outside space, more time in the garden.”

As Founder and Medical Director of the London Mole Removal Centre, Dr Ross Perry is frequently asked for his expert advice on moles and prevention of skin cancer. He has appeared in Popsugar a number of times in the past on issues relating to the skin.

He shared his top tip on sunscreen for children and babies – an economical product with the highest 5 star UV rating – that is widely available in Boots:

“The best sunscreen for the face, arms, and legs is Soltan Kids Protect & Moisturise SPF 50 (£3.50) used once daily.

“It will last when in water and gives a total block, which lasts three-to-four hours, so it probably needs to be applied twice daily if you’re in and out of a pool.”

The article concludes with a reminder that avoiding the sun altogether is advised at peak hours.

“Remember that the sun is strongest between 11am and 3pm, so try to find a shaded area between these times to keep your little ones cool.”

Read in full: https://www.popsugar.co.uk/parenting/best-sunscreens-and-sun-creams-for-kids-babies-47550979?stream_view=1#photo-47550980

Applying Sunscreen for Kids & Babies

  • Apply sunscreen at least 15 minutes before going into the sun
  • Make sure you use plenty as a lot of parents don’t use enough. You should expect to use 1-2 full tablespoons of product for a child’s entire body
  • Rub in well to make sure it is properly absorbed
  • Reapply when in the sun and then reapply again every 1-2 hours
  • Always reapply after swimming or towelling

dr-ross-perryDr Ross Perry

Dr Perry is renowned as an expert in removal of skin lesions. He has removed thousands of moles in his role as Medical Director and founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics including the London mole Removal Centre.

His career includes working in the NHS both in skin cancer reconstruction and as a GP, so he is experienced and expert in diagnosing skin lesions and providing the best possible advice/treatment.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company that specialises in mole removal and also arrange full histology (testing) as a precautionary measure.

Their experts also offer diagnosis and treatment for a range of other skin lesions including cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma, milia. All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field. Patients benefit from:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Blemishes can usually be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get very quick treatment
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London plus one in Bristol
  • Testing with report provided where necessary

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

Due to the COVID outbreak and in line with the governmental guidelines, Cosmedics Skin Clinics are now closed temporarily for face to face treatments and consultations.

However, our call centre remains open and is operating within safe guidelines for staff.

  • Worried about a skin lesion? Any clients who are concerned about worrying skin lesions or blemishes are encouraged to get in touch. We are happy to provide advice and can assess photos by email. This does not replace a consultation but can provide some initial helpful information
  • Can I make a booking? We are provisionally taking bookings from the end of April, when we hope current guidelines may be relaxed for at least some of our treatments
  • What about aftercare? If you’ve already had a treatment and have aftercare queries, please do get in touch. We are running occasional clinics for stitch removal and are able to advise on any concerns the best course of action in case of any concerns

We will keep our website and social media updated with further information should the position change.

We thank you for your support during these difficult days and wish you and your families well.


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Dr Ross Perry will be sharing his expert advice on simple measures to help with skin conditions that can arise from constant hand washing with alcohol gels and soap.

We know certain people particularly with sensitive skin or eczema sufferers the constant hand washing can make the skin quite irritated and sore. Dr Perry will give some advice on our Instagram page about your best options to not only keep your hands clean but also reduce the chances of any irritation and what to do if you are getting some irritation.

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Queries

If you have any queries or concerns regarding your appointment at Cosmedics Skin clinics, please call 0208 246 4861 or email enquiries@cosmedics.co.uk for further information.

Coronavirus COVID19 Information

The London Mole Removal Centre and Cosmedics Skin Clinics remain fully open at this point in time.

As a doctor-led company, we are doing all we can to keep staff and clients safe with high standards of hygiene in clinic. Antibacterial handwash/gels are widely available to clients and staff to use on a regular basis.

What if I feel unwell?

In line with the government guidelines, we ask any clients with a persistent temperature and cough to remain at home. Please do not attend a prebooked appointment if you have a high fever and persistent cough or are generally unwell. You can call 020 7731 3791 to rearrange  your appointment

You do not need to call NHS 111 to go into self-isolation. If your symptoms worsen during home isolation or are no better after 7 days contact NHS 111 online https://111.nhs.uk/. If you have no internet access, you should call NHS 111. For a medical emergency dial 999.

What if I’ve been abroad?

Clients who have travelled to any category 1 or 2 countries will be asked to wait for a clear 2 week period before booking in to see one of our doctors. The Gov.uk website lists the affected countries – please check this carefully as the information may change over time.

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas/covid-19-specified-countries-and-areas-with-implications-for-returning-travellers-or-visitors-arriving-in-the-uk

About Us

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering private mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma). All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

London Mole Removal Centre offers clients a high standard of service:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

The Independent looked at 6 common forms of cancer for women, with advice from leading experts in the field. Dr Ross Perry, Founder and Medical Director of the London Mole Removal Centre led on skin cancer. 

The article was published on World Cancer Day to raise awareness of the disease which is a leading cause of death in the UK. 1 in 2 Brits will be diagnosed at some point in their lives.

In the UK, the most common cancers affecting women are (in order of priority) breast, lung, bowel, uterus, melanoma skin, and ovarian cancer.

Early detection is key to treatment success and survival, so it is important to be aware of the symptoms.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is the fifth most common cancer for women with cases increasing by 35% in the last decade, yet Cancer Research say that 86% of cases are preventable.

The key factor in melanoma skin cancer is sun damage.

Dr Ross Perry warns of the risk of sun exposure:

“Sun exposure is a known factor for increasing the risk of skin cancer and even the British sun can, over time, accumulate and cause sun damage.

“Getting a tan – especially sunburn – increases the risk of sun damage and in turn skin cancer. It’s a personal choice but having a tan that only lasts a week versus the risk of cancer: is it really worth it?

“No tan is a safe tan and these days fake tan is so realistic and safe that it’s better to look bronzed from a bottle than via the sun.”

Dr Perry told the Independent that regular skin mole checking is vital to look for any unusual signs that could indicate skin cancer:

“Things to look out for are a mole or growth which is new or an existing one that has changed in size, shape, feel or colour, along with any itching, tenderness, crusting or bleeding.

“Seventy per cent of all melanomas are new moles, so it’s important to keep checking even if you don’t have any as one may develop.”

What if I’m worried?

If you have any concerns, Dr Perry advises seeking medical attention for a diagnosis and referral as appropriate.

Read this article in full

To read more, please visit https://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/women/world-cancer-day-women-symptoms-advice-help-medical-a9315996.html

This article was published 4th February to coincide with World Cancer Day.

dr-ross-perryDr Ross Perry

Dr Perry is renowned as an expert in removal of skin lesions. He has removed thousands of moles in his role as Medical Director and founder of Cosmedics Skin Clinics including the London mole Removal Centre.

His career includes working in the NHS both in skin cancer reconstruction and as a GP, so he is experienced and expert in diagnosing skin lesions and providing the best possible advice/treatment.

Can I get rid of unwanted moles?

Any mole deemed risky is normally removed very quickly on the NHS and will then be tested to understand whether it was cancerous so that the need for further treatment may be assessed.

However, many moles are deemed to be ‘cosmetic’ in nature and when this is the case, free NHS treatment is now severely reduced.

Clients can choose to have moles removed privately at clinics such as the London Mole Removal centre, who specialise in mole removal and also arrange full histology (testing) as a precautionary measure.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering diagnosis and treatment for skin lesions including moles, cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma, milia. All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field. Patients benefit from:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Blemishes can usually be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get very quick treatment
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London plus one in Bristol
  • Testing with report provided where necessary

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

2 weeks into January and it’s time to check in on those New Year Resolutions.

This year has seen many trying ‘Dry January’ or ‘Veganuary’ in an attempt to find a healthier lifestyle. Gyms are seeing signups peak and the shops are full of health, fitness and diet products.

But New Year’s resolutions don’t all have to be about losing weight. There’s another area of your health that should also be considered and that’s your skin.

This is the time to take stock of any unusual blemishes AND not to ignore them, but get them checked out. Many people notice unusual patches of skin and dismiss them, not wanting to bother the doctor. But if they don’t go away, get worse or have any worrying symptoms, then they should most definitely be checked out.

If you’ve not noticed anything amiss, then January is ideal for a self-check and review, as paler winter skin is easier to assess. Take half an hour after a shower or bath to look for any unusual marks on your skin. For example:

  • Odd shaped moles that are uneven or asymmetrical
  • Unusual texture to the skin – crusting, raised or depressed areas
  • Weird marks that may appear suddenly
  • Untypical behaviour – bleeding, itching etc

Be thorough, checking from the skin beneath the hair on your head to the toes and soles of your feet.

Skin doesn’t have to be burnt or even exposed to the skin to develop a cancerous lesion.

If in doubt, get it checked out by a GP, dermatologist or expert skin lesion doctor.

Make this the one New Year Resolution that you keep.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering private mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma). All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

The topography of your skin is always changing. Every now and then when you look down at yourself in the shower you may notice a small mark, speck or freckle that you could swear wasn’t there when last you looked.

When this happens, people tend to react in one of two ways. They can jump straight to the worst case scenario and assume that a new mole or blemish is the herald of something unimaginably scary. Or they can shrug it off and go about their day. While we’d argue that the first approach is a little too alarmist (and living in a heightened state of anxiety really can create more problems than it solves), the second one can be potentially dangerous.

While a calm and considered approach is always advantageous it pays to be vigilant when it comes to spotting new moles and other blemishes on your skin. While they may well be benign, there’s always a possibility that they may not. Thus, here are some reasons why you should never ignore an ‘odd’ blemish and check in with a seasoned dermatologist as soon as possible.

If it’s nothing to worry about, you’ll have some much needed peace of mind

Ever wonder where the term “worry wart” came from? While we’d feel really clever if we drew a direct correlation between stress and skin blemishes, the term actually came from a 1920s American comic strip. Nonetheless, seeing an unaccounted for blemish on your skin can be a source of great anxiety. We human beings have a tendency to catastrophise, conditioning ourselves to prepare for the worst case scenarios in unfamiliar circumstances.

Stress and anxiety are natural responses to the unknown but the longer we leave them, the more they can result in unwelcome physical and psychological effects. Check in with a doctor to get unfamiliar blemishes looked at ASAP. If it’s nothing to worry about, you’ll feel like a great weight has been lifted.

A mole might require examination

Moles can be benign, but they can also result in cancerous changes under certain circumstances. If you see an unfamiliar or unusual mole, you should check in with your doctor ASAP. It may be nothing to worry about today, but if there are concerns, your doctor will probably refer you to a specialist, who may want to perform a biopsy to find out if there are any issues.

If it’s something serious, early intervention can make all the difference

Nobody wants to hear that the new blemish they’ve discovered is a sign of something serious. However, if that should be the case, being proactive can make all the difference, resulting in early diagnosis and effective treatment. Burying your head in the sand, however, can cause problems to go undiagnosed and untreated. And the unfortunate truth is that such conditions rarely go away of their own accord.

If you see any blemishes in the mirror or the shower that you’re at all unsure about, get in touch with your doctor for advice.

In some cases, you may prefer your mole be removed just to be on the safe side. One of our highly knowledgeable, friendly and helpful team members will be more than happy to arrange a consultation with one of our doctors or surgeons. We specialise in mole removal and have removed literally thousands over the years.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering private mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma). All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

Many patients are concerned about whether having a mole removed will mean having to have  stitches. 

The answer is – not necessarily!

Whether or not you’ll have stitches will depend on the mole itself, including consideration of:

  • Size of mole
  • Whether it is raised or flat
  • Whether it is purely cosmetic or of any medical concern
  • Where the mole is on your face or body

Shave Excision or Laser Mole Removal = No Stitches

Many moles are now removed quickly and painlessly using laser techniques under local anaesthetic. This tends to be the choice for smaller moles that are raised. Shave excision involves use of a special blade to remove the mole at the skin’s surface. Where laser is  used, this is a special instrument, not the same as those used in laser hair removal or skin treatments. Using the tool, the doctor is able to remove the mole in a neat procedure.

Both of these procedures tend to require no stitches and the mole can heal quickly for a minimal scarring result.

This picture shows what you may expect straight after laser or shave excision mole removal:

before and after mole removal without stitches

Ellipse Excision = Stitches Likely

For larger moles, those that are flat or moles where there is any concern about abnormal skin cells, doctors use an ellipse excision technique. This is more invasive than shave or laser and is designed to ensure complete removal of the skin lesion. This is likely to need stitches. These tend to be neat and only last a few days before naturally falling out.

This image shows the results immediately after ellipse excision. Stitches are used to close the wound and allow it to heal quickly, minimising the risk of infection and allowing the skin to heal quickly.

Even immediately after the procedure, the skin is a lot clearer without the mole.

before and after mole removal stitches

Which procedure?

Your doctor or surgeon will recommend the most appropriate procedure after examining your mole.

If you have concerns about stitches, your doctor will advise what to expect. We can also discuss the best timing with you to fit around any engagements you may have. Some people like to go ahead straight away or as soon as possible, while others prefer to think about when fits their social calendar, especially for facial moles.

As a private mole removal clinic, we offer lots of flexibility and choice about when to have your treatment, so you could book an appointment just before the weekend to allow the initial healing to be well underway before you even have to return to work. We’ll do our best to explain the recovery process and to fit the treatment in at a time that suits you.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering private mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma). All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

Warts can appear anywhere on the face and body. They’re annoyingly persistent and can very easily spread to other areas – or be passed onto other people.  

The contagious nature of warts means that they tend to appear more where the skin is exposed and/or regularly touched or rubbed.

Common Places For Warts

Some of the more common locations for warts are:

  1. Hands
  2. Fingers and thumbs
  3. Fingernails where the virus can get in after a hangnail
  4. Nose
  5. Eyes
  6. Penis
  7. Vagina
  8. Anus
  9. Groin
  10. Feet (also known as verruca or plantar warts)

Before and After Photos

This before and after picture shows the results of wart removal treatment at Cosmedics’ London Mole Removal Centre. The wart has a characteristic speckled appearance and indented, raised surface.

After treatment, the skin is smooth and healthy. The redness after treatment will continue to fade and become less noticeable with time.

wart removal before and after

Getting Rid of Warts

There are over the counter preparations which may be effective in some cases of warts on the hands and feet. However, these are not suitable for genital warts and will not be suitable for many facial warts due to delicate skin and proximity to eyes or mouth.

Where over the counter preparations fail or are unsuitable, there are professional treatments that can be effective, carried out in complete confidence.

Wart Removal By Experienced Doctors & Surgeons

The team at London Mole Removal Centre are highly trained and experienced in dealing with warts and other difficult skin lesions. The solutions recommended will depend on the the doctor’s assessment and diagnosis of the problem. Clinics offer:

  • Cryotherapy (freezing) – Simple warts are frozen off in a procedure known as ‘cryotherapy’ which uses intense cold. Treatment may involve 2-3 sessions to ensure complete removal of the wart.
  • Laser or skin surgery – Large and very resistant warts can be treated either using more aggressive techniques

Wart removal is surprisingly simple, painless and quick and effective with our methods and techniques.

Book an Appointment

London Mole Removal Centre offer appointments at a choice of 5 private skin treatment centres based in London and Bristol. All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field. Most skin lesions can be removed at the same appointment as the consultation, but there is no obligation to proceed unless and until both the patient and doctor are completely happy to do so.

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

If you’re thinking about having a mole removed, then the price of treatment is one of the first questions that will come to mind. 

Cosmedics’ London mole removal centre publishes a price list to give a guide as to what to expect.

Having treatment at a private skin clinic might sound expensive, but it can cost a lot less than many people would imagine, with costs starting at £310. This price is based on laser mole removal or shave excision (a simple procedure requiring no stitches).

If your mole is larger or needs a deeper excision, therefore requiring stitches, a procedure called Elliptical Excision is used and prices here start at £450 given the more involved nature of the treatment.

These prices INCLUDE:

  • Local anaesthetic
  • Doctor’s/surgeon’s time
  • Any dressings and equipment used
  • Aftercare advice

There are two other costs to consider.

Mole Removal Consultation Fee

Prior to any treatment, a consultation is carried out with the doctor or surgeon who would be performing the procedure. This allows the medic to examine your mole and confirm the most appropriate removal technique. They will also confirm the price based on the nature of the mole and any relevant discussions.

The mole removal consultation costs £50. However, this cost is redeemable against the cost of treatment carried out on the day.

Mole Testing/Histology Costs

An additional fee is payable for independent testing (histology) of your mole after it has been removed. This is an important test to check for any abnormal cells and it is especially recommended for any changing or pigmented moles. The doctor may deem that this is mandatory if there are any concerns as to the nature of the mole.

Histology is provided at the possible lowest prices for patients and costs start at £85 for the first mole, with subsequent moles at a lower extra cost.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering private mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma). All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.

Rachel Solvasen’s has shared her story of what she thought was a verruca or wart or glass stuck in her foot which turned out to be melanoma. 

She tried over the counter creams but the blemish continued to grow. When her GP referred her for a biopsy, she found that what she thought was a normal skin lesion or foreign body was actually melanoma.

A tumour was removed from her foot requiring extensive plastic surgery and reconstruction. She then had immunotherapy as the cancer had progressed to her leg, groin and even stomach lining and lungs.

Rachel is now cancer-free but knows that it could return.

Stand Up To Cancer

Rachel is now using her experience to raise funds for Stand Up To Cancer together with her sons. She hope that her story will help to raise awareness and warn others not to ignore skin lesions.

Melanoma Facts

  • Melanoma is the most dangerous form of skin cancer
  • Most commonly caused by harmful UV rays which damage skin DNA and trigger mutations that can form malignant tumors
  • Approx 15,900 new cases and 2,285 mortalities each year in the UK

Melanoma Prevention

  • Avoid sunburn
    • Use sunscreen every day
    • Cover up with clothing/hat and/or seek shade where possible
    • Avoid peak hours of the sun and extended sun exposure
  • Check skin regularly for any worrying lesions
    • See the GP straightaway in case of any concerns

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering private mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma). All consultations and treatments are carried out in person by doctors who are specially trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques and are highly experienced in the field.

Further advantages of private treatment at the London Mole Removal Centre include:

  • No waiting lists
  • Fully trained doctors, registered with GMC
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly
  • Choice of 4 clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed moles tested with report provided

For more information or to book a consultation, please complete the form on this web page or call 020 7731 3791.