If you have been told you need mole removal surgery, excision, then one of the first questions will be how big is the incision. 

The answer to some extent will depend on the nature of the mole.

If a mole removal is purely cosmetic, then the emphasis is on a good aesthetic result. Therefore any incision should be made as small as possible in order to get the least noticeable scar after healing.

Shave excision is a technique which literally slices the top of the mole away very close to the skin’s surface leaving a neat result.

Yet for smaller moles or those that are purely cosmetic in nature, there may not be a need for any use of a scalpel at all, as doctors and surgeons tend to recommend laser mole removal instead of surgical, as this is faster and neater.

When is Surgery Better Than Laser?

Mole removal surgery using elliptical excision is a technique which tends to be used for moles that are ‘suspicious’. Here the incision is likely to be bigger than with other techniques in order to ensure that the suspicious tissue is fully removed.

Sometimes ellipse excision is used where the cosmetic result is likely to be better than a shave excision. Here the emphasis will be on a good cosmetic result.

Which Procedure?

Skilled mole removal doctors like those at the London Mole Removal Centre are able to use their experience in order to judge the best possible technique.

They understand that patients are keen to have a good cosmetic result with minimal visible scarring, but will always make safety a vital component of any recommendation. That’s why moles are sent away for testing after removal.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma) at 5 mole removal clinics.

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.

Where the mole is not considered medically a risk, then the NHS will usually deny mole removal on the basis that it is just ‘cosmetic’, so treatment in the private sector is the best approach.

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

  • No waiting lists
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

Little Black Book Of Health, Beauty And Wellness Practitioners

January 2019

Forbes.com featured Dr Ross Perry – founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics and the London Mole Removal Centre – in its January ‘Little Black Book’ of health, fitness and wellbeing treatments and experts dedicated to supporting a healthy lifestyle. 

For professional skin treatments, Forbes highlighted Dr Ross Perry’s style, particularly complimenting his expertise and reassuring manner. Forbes said:

“When talking about your skin or physique more generally you want someone who is warm and considered who inspires confidence, and that is precisely what you can expect when you sit down with Dr Ross Perry at his impressive Harley Street clinic.

“Kind, considered and competent are three adjectives that quickly come to mind when thinking about Dr Perry.”

Read Article in Full

See the full article and check out the other recommendations on Forbes.com at:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/bridgetarsenault/2019/01/17/january-little-black-book-of-health-beauty-and-wellness-practitioners/#3be676603437

dr-ross-perryDr Ross Perry

Dr Perry has removed thousands of moles in his career, which includes working in the NHS in skin cancer reconstruction as well as ongoing commitments as a GP.

Ross founded Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 offering private treatment for troublesome skin lesions. Patients are able to access appointments in 4 London clinics with qualified and experienced doctors who are registered with the GMC.

Waiting lists are minimal and most of the skin treatments can be completed in the same appointment as the initial consultation where preferred, saving the need for a repeat visit and allowing patients to get their skin lesions removed very quickly.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering 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
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

Additional appointments for mole, cyst, wart and skin tag treatment have been released with Dr Ross Perry at the London Mole Removal Centre this month.

Dr Perry’s appointments fill up very quickly, but this month, some additional clinics have been arranged to avoid the buildup of waiting lists. This means that there is extra availability for clients looking to have a consultation or treatment. Particularly good news as January is a very busy month for skin treatments, with a big increase in the number of clients looking for appointments.

Ross is much in demand, having been featured in numerous magazines as a top mole removal expert who has removed literally thousands of moles in his career. He also treats a range of other skin lesions, such as cysts, warts and skin tags, including embarrassing intimate areas which many doctors would refuse to see. His calm and gentle manner is reassuring to patients who are nervous or worried.

After removal, moles are sent to a private and independent lab for assessment. Most are benign, but this simple check demonstrates Dr Perry’s commitment to thoroughness. It means that patients can really get peace of mind about any worrying skin blemish.

Private Mole and Blemish Removal

Cosmedics’ London Mole Removal Centre offer treatment for a range of skin lesions and blemishes including cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma at its own private clinics.

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
  • Blemishes can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed lesions can be tested with report provided if required

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

What is Halo Naevus?

A halo naevus (plural halo naevi) is a very distinctive mole which is so-called due to the lighter coloured ring of skin around its darker pigmented centre. 

Their unusual appearance is caused by an autoimmune response within the body which makes the area surrounding the mole lose its colour.

Left alone, the mole will gradually change colour and disappear while the skin around returns to its normal tone. The body is essentially destroying moles itself!

When To Get Help

Despite its appearance, a halo naevus is not necessarily a problem.

The majority are benign (non cancerous) and no treatment is required for medical reasons.

However, it is worth bearing in mind that halo naevi can be triggered by a malignant melanoma and this is something that requires urgent diagnosis and treatment.

Therefore if there are any concerns about the appearance of a mole, it is always best to seek a doctor’s advice.  Equally, if the mole exhibits any odd behaviours (itching, bleeding, crusting, oozing) then a concern should be raised. It is always best to get suspicious skin blemishes checked out to be on the safe side.

Also bear in mind that halo naevi tend to occur most frequently in older children and young adults. They are far less common over the age of 30 years, so if a halo naevus appears in adulthood, it is worth checking for any other suspicious signs.

Benign Halo Naevi Treatment

Assuming the halo naevi is benign, then no treatment is required unless for cosmetic reasons (i.e. the client wants to get rid of the mole for aesthetic reasons).

As it can take months or years for a halo naevus to disappear, and the appearance is quite atypical, many clients do prefer to get rid of it for peace of mind.

Removal of a halo naevus is relatively quick and straightforward.

Cosmedics’ mole removal centres offer treatment using laser and/or minor skin surgery by trained and experienced doctors.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma) at 5 mole removal clinics.

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.

Where the mole is not considered medically a risk, then the NHS will usually deny mole removal on the basis that it is just ‘cosmetic’, so treatment in the private sector is the best approach.

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

  • No waiting lists
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

If you’ve heard or read about the need to be vigilant for new moles, you may be wondering why. 

The fact is that the majority of moles appear during childhood – before the age of 20. So any that appear after that date are already more unusual.

And, according to experts, skin cancer is statistically more likely to come from new rather than established moles.

A 2017 review published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology found that 71% of melanomas had developed from a new mole.

How Do Moles Develop?

Moles occur when pigmented skin cells called ‘melanocytes’ grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin.

They can develop in adulthood as well as childhood – and many do. However sun exposure is generally a factor in new moles that appear later in life. Being out in the sun can increase the number of moles on the body or face – and this can relate to sun exposure during childhood as well as adulthood.  Moles and melanoma can take many years to appear.

Of course, new moles may be completely harmless (benign), but the link to skin cancer makes it important to be vigilant.

It is particularly important to be aware of any skin blemish that looks a bit like a ‘funny’, ‘odd’ or ‘ugly’ mole. These are signs of abnormality. It’s worth getting it checked out as early as possible if there’s any concern about the appearance of a mole. If it is cancerous, the earlier the treatment the better the chances of a good outcome.

If you’re an adult with a new mole, especially one that looks different to the others, it’s sensible to have it checked by your doctor or a dermatologist.

DIY Moles Check

Regular skin checks are highly recommended to identify any suspicions, changes or unusual lesions. You can do this at home.  Look out for :

  • Asymmetry – unequal shape or lopsided appearance
  • Border – uneven or jagged edges
  • Colour – patchy or unusual tones
  • Diameter – unusually large size
  • Evolving – noticeable changes including appearance (size/shape/colour) or behaviour (itchiness/discharge/bleeding/scabbing/oozing)

If you have any concerns, than see a GP as soon as possible to get it checked out. There will be a rapid referral if the GP agrees and if not your mind will be put at rest.

The good news is that most moles are armless, but it is so important to get it checked out as soon as possible to be on the safe side.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (e.g. cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma) at 5 mole removal clinics.

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.

Where the mole is not considered medically a risk, then the NHS will usually deny mole removal on the basis that it is just ‘cosmetic’, so treatment in the private sector is the best approach.

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

  • No waiting lists
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

Fake tan has been promoted as the sensible and safe way to get the tanned look, but Dr Ross Perry told Yahoo UK that it is linked to lower vitamin D production.

Dr Perry explained the issue to Yahoo:

“Research suggests that 85% of people may be vitamin D deficient and fake tan has been found to inhibit your skin’s ability to produce vitamin D.

“This is because the dark layer on your skin produced by the DHA results in the prevention of UVB absorption, thereby inhibiting vitamin D production.”

Vitamin D is vital for bone, brain development, muscles and immunity. Some of the symptoms of deficiency include weight gain, tiredness, achy bones, depression.

As an alternative, there are DHA-free fake tanning products which wash off and low-DHA options too.

However, unprotected sun exposure is never to be advised, due to the risk of skin cancer.

Vitamin D can also be found in certain foods and also is a very common and well-tolerated supplement.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma etc).

Consultations and treatments are carried out by doctors trained in the latest laser and skin surgery techniques. The London Mole Removal Centre offers:

  • No waiting lists
  • Skin lesions can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of clinics in London and also Bristol

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

France’s health watchdog Anses as recommended that tanning beds be banned due to the proven risk of cancer from sunlamps and sunbeds.

France has already banned sunbeds for under 18s and and could now join Brazil and Australia in implementing a full ban.

The watchdog says that sunbeds are linked to 43% of melanoma cases among young adults.

Olivier Merckel of Anses says:

“Waiting is no longer an option.”

The risk of developing melanoma for people who used sunbeds under age 35 is known to be 59% higher than those who did not use artificial UV.

While the safety benefits of banning sunbeds are clear, there are concerns that it could impact on an economy employing over 20,000 workers and worth £200m a year.

However, it remains to be seen whether France proceeds to ban use of sunbeds in all adults.

Sunbed Bans UK vs Worldwide

Brazil implemented a complete ban on sunbeds in 2009, although they can be prescribed for health reasons.

Australia implemented a sunbed ban in 2013, when their rates of malignant melanoma were 10 times those of European women and 20 times for men.

In the UK, sunbeds are illegal for under 18s, but may be used by adults over 18.

The same situation still applies in France.

Skin Cancer Protection and Detection

For patients who have used sunbeds or been exposed to UV light (e.g. working outside, being raised in a hot country, having foreign holidays) it is especially important to be vigilant for changing moles and odd skin lesions. UV exposure is known to be potentially carcinogenic and issues can appear years after the original sun damage.

Melanomas caught at the earliest stage can be treated very easily with mole removal surgery. Early treatment has excellent outcomes, but as melanoma progresses and spreads, the chances of a positive outcome decline. Therefore spotting any issues as soon as possible is the best strategy for avoiding skin cancer.

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering checks and treatment for unwanted moles and other skin lesions (cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma etc) at 5 mole removal clinics.

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
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

i News’s feature on the alarming rates of male deaths from skin cancer featured 80 year old Mick Goss, whose regular mole checks with Dr Ross Perry had picked up a series of carcinoma which have now been removed.

Mick explained how he had grown up in an era where sunblock was not really understood or worn on a regular basis. He’d spent some of his childhood in Zimbabwe and regularly suffered from sunburn.  He explained:

“Men are more cavalier with regard to their skin. Unfortunately once the damage is done the risk increases and we are more likely to develop skin cancer later on in life which is annoying as it’s certainly less likely if you are sensible.

“I wish I’d had the knowledge to stay out the sun but it was just not known in my generation.”

As with many patients, the historical sun damage was to cause problems decades later.

In his 50s, Mick noticed dry and irritable patches of skin which were initially treated with creams and freezing.

However, in his 60s and 70s, Dr Ross Perry diagnosed 2 squamous cell carcinomas and a series of basal cell carcinomas which were treated by surgical excision.

  • Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) are the second most common form of skin cancer. They often look like scaly red patches, sores, warts or raised growths. They can crust or bleed. The squamous cell carcinoma is an uncontrolled growth of abnormal cells in the skin’s outer layer (epidermis) and are considered quite dangerous, as there is a risk that they can grow and spread within the body
  • Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) are the most common type of skin cancer, accounting for over 80% of cases in the UK.  These can look like open sores, bumps or scars. There is a smaller risk of BCC spreading, but it is still important to treat them promptly

Skin cancer can appear many years after the original sun damage and it is important to be vigilant for any worrying or changing moles.

Mick had a number of skin lesions removed. He told i News:

“Luckily these were picked up early on as I was having regular mole checks with Dr Ross Perry at Cosmedics Skin Clinics.”

Mick advised anyone concerned about worrying moles to see their doctor straight away, adding a caution about the dangers of sun exposure:

“The main advice I would say to men is to apply sun cream and be careful in the sun. The skin will get damaged if you are not careful and cause problems later on which could have been avoided.”

Read Full Article on inews.co.uk

Read this article in full at: https://inews.co.uk/news/health/skin-cancer-deaths-men-cavalier-sun-protection/

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and mole removal with their trained and experienced doctors. Clients can choose a standard consultation for specific moles of concern, or else book a full top to toe mole check for peace of mind.

The doctors also offer treatment for other skin lesions (cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma etc). 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
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

with Dr Ross Perry

Founder London Mole Removal Centre & Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Men’s Health looked at the early signs of skin cancer melanoma, after new research showed that 89% of men never wear sun cream in the UK and 10% never wear it at all. 

Not wearing sunscreen exposes the skin to the full force of the sun’s UV rays, which are known to be a primary cause of melanoma (skin cancer).

The feature explained what melanoma is:

  • Melanocytes produce melanin within the skin – the pigment which creates suntan and moles
  • Melanoma is a form of skin cancer caused by DNA damage to the melanocytes, which causes pigment cells become malignant and grow at an abnormally fast rate

Dr Ross Perry provided expert advice on how to identify melanoma. He said the most important thing was to check for changes in your skin to spot them as early as possible:

“The most common sign is an ‘odd’ mole which looks or behaves differently to normal

“It could have unusual coloration, shape or appearance. In terms of behaviour, it may be itchy, crusty, bleeding or oozing. Not all symptoms will be present. The key is to look out for something that looks suspicious and get it checked ASAP.”

Melanoma Facts

The Men’s Health article featured some sobering facts from a variety of skin experts, which underline the importance of sun protection and regular skin checks:

  • Damage caused by UV rays can sometimes take up to 20 years to appear
  • Earlier diagnosis gives the best chances of a good outcome
  • Thin melanoma (under 0.75mm thick) has a 95% chance of survival
  • A thicker melanoma (over 4mm) has 25% chance of survival
  • Getting sunburn just once every 2 years trebles the risk of melanoma
  • Pink skin in the sun is a sign of skin damage
  • Using a sunbed once before the age of 35 increases the chance of skin cancer by 75%

Private Mole Checks & Removal

The London Mole Removal Centre is a private company, offering mole checks and mole removal with their trained and experienced doctors. Clients can choose a standard consultation for specific moles of concern, or else book a full top to toe mole check for peace of mind.

The doctors also offer treatment for other skin lesions (cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma etc). 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
  • Moles can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of 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.

Cholesterol Spots

Xanthelasma is the medical term for cholesterol spots – the yellow coloured bumpy and uneven spots that can appear on or around the eyelids. 

The phrase ‘cholesterol’ may cause some alarm and many patients worry as to whether cholesterol spots are a sign of cholesterol problems.

Should I worry about cholesterol?

Xanthelasma are NOT necessarily a sign of having cholesterol problems. You can have cholesterol spots WITHOUT having any cause for concern about your cholesterol levels – just as there are some slim people who DO have raised cholesterol.

However, we do know that about half of the patients who have Xanthelasma have elevated levels of cholesterol. We also know that cholesterol spots tend to affect those in middle age more, a time when cholesterol becomes more of a concern to a person’s overall health.

So if you have xanthelasma, it is sensible to consider whether you might have raised cholesterol, as that is known to increase your risk of associated conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity or heart disease. If you have any worries about cholesterol, diet or other associated health risks, then do see a GP to discuss your concerns. A cholesterol test is fairly straightforward and if you do have above normal levels of, then treatment is likely to involve either a healthier diet or medication, or both.

Reducing cholesterol will reduce your risk of developing cholesterol deposits around the eyes, but it will not get rid of existing xanthelasma once they have developed.

Should I worry about cholesterol spots?

The NHS usually consider xanthelasma themselves to be harmless.

They are not cancerous or contagious and are highly unlikely to become infected. They are therefore classed as a ‘cosmetic’ problem by the NHS, which means that free treatment is unlikely to be forthcoming.

How can I get rid of xanthelasma?

Xanthelasma removal is a minor surgery procedure which can be carried out by appropriately qualified surgeons.

Don’t be put off by the word ‘surgery’ – it is a simple in-clinic treatment which is carried out under local anaesthetic. Dressings are kept to a minimum and the emphasis is on removing enough tissue to reduce the risk of recurrence while also ensuring minimal scarring.

This procedure is offered by Ms Marion Grob at Cosmedics’ London Mole Removal Clinic.

Private Skin Surgery

Cosmedics’ London Mole Removal Centre offer treatment for a range of skin lesions and blemishes including cysts, skin tags, warts, verruca, lipoma, xanthelasma at its own private clinics.

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
  • Blemishes can often be removed in the same appointment as the consultation
  • Choice of clinics in London and also Bristol
  • Removed lesions can be tested with report provided if required

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