At A Glance


From £1050

Expected Results:

Removal of skin lesion

Length of Surgery:

Between 30 and 60 minutes


Local anaesthetic


Usual activities by 1 week

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What is Shave Exsision?

Shave excision is a surgical procedure commonly used to remove superficial skin lesions, particularly those that are raised above the skin and do not extend deep into the skin layers, such as raised moles and skin tags.

During a shave excision, the lesion is shaved off using a scalpel without the need for stitches. The area may be cauterised to stop any bleeding, and this method may result in a small scar.

The Consultation

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Your Consultation

Prior to the procedure, patients will have a consultation with a consultant dermatologist or plastic surgeon to assess the skin lesion and discuss the treatment plan. If shave excision is determined to be the best treatment option, it may be possible to combine the consultation with the procedure for a ‘see and treat’ appointment, offering convenience and cost-effectiveness.

The Procedure

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Procedure

The shave excision will be conducted under local aesthesia in one of our state of the art operating theatres. The area will be numbed to minimise pain and discomfort. Using a sharp blade or scalpel, the consultant will carefully shave off the lesion from the skin’s surface, ensuring the blade is angled parallel to the skin to avoid cutting too deep. The depth of the shave will be based on the consultant’s evaluation of the lesion’s characteristics. If necessary, cauterisation may be performed to control any bleeding.

Patients may expect a small scar following the treatment.

Aftercare & Results

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Aftercare

Following the procedure, patients will receive personalised aftercare guidance from their consultant to achieve optimal results. Instructions on wound care, dressing changes, and pain management will be provided. Stitches, if present, may require removal approximately one week after treatment. It is important to keep the wound clean and dry and follow any specific instructions given.

Patients may be advised to attend a follow-up appointment to monitor the healing process and discuss treatment outcomes.   It is advisable to take steps to minimise scar visibility, such as regular scar massage and sunscreen application. High SPF sunscreen is also advised for approximately 12 months post-procedure.

What our patients think

Lisa Buchan
Lisa Buchan
17 April 2023
Dr Abood and his team are amazing, having gone through a breast reduction recently I could not recommend him enough. Not only am I very happy with the results but the aftercare has been amazing. The team are always available to answer questions, help and provide advice. I have already recommended him to several people, if you are considering this surgery I would see him for a consultation.
RC Keay
RC Keay
11 March 2023
I visited Dr Ahid Abood and his team to have a squamous cell carcinoma removed from my nose which was followed by a skin graft. I was quite anxious about this procedure, especially as it involved a prominent part of my face. Dr Abood explained the process, possible side effects and outcome in a calm and informative way. After the procedure l felt relieved, relaxed and very glad to have met Dr Abood and his lovely team. Thank you!
Helen Roberts
Helen Roberts
7 March 2023
The care I had was excellent. All the staff were very good, Claire the nurse was so reassuring. His secretary Justine was so friendly and helpful when I had a query. Mr Abood was superb. He explained what was happening and the work he did was brilliant. I have a really neat scar which has healed well. Thank you one and all.
Deborah Chamberlain-King
Deborah Chamberlain-King
18 February 2023
From the moment I met Mr Abood I was certain that he was the Surgeon I wanted to perform my upper and lower Blepharoplasty operation due to his kind, calm and informative approach. Mr Abood explained the whole process thoroughly and I was always able to ask any questions that I had. I was 100% sure that I wanted this operation but after my initial consultation with Mr Abood I was 200% sure! Correspondence with Mr Abood's Secretary Justine was always a pleasure as she is efficient and understanding. I was so pleased that I was able to meet Justine in person. I chose the Weymouth Street Hospital for my surgery and it was a great choice. I was made to feel totally at ease. ALL of the staff there were so kind and caring but a special shout out to Arden and Suzanna (night nurse). Arden is so kind, caring and an absolute delight. I must also praise the food! Wished I could have stayed longer :) My recovery from surgery has been much faster than I thought it would be but exactly as Mr Abood predicted. After 4 weeks my scars have healed so well and in fact I can see improvement every day. I can now look in the mirror and like what I see already and am excited to see the end result. Thank you Mr Abood and Justine. I would not hesitate to recommend Mr Abood, Justine and The Weymouth Street Hospital. If you are looking for an excellent Surgeon look no further.
Amanda Plimley
Amanda Plimley
9 February 2023
Awesome support from beginning to end. I was nervous about breast reduction surgery and conscious of everything this is entailed. Super pleased to share that Dr Abood and Justine his secretary have made it is easy a process for me as possible. Lots of information and reassurance from the first consult to today, currently four weeks post surgery. I’ve been able to reach out directly with any questions or queries I’ve had along the way and have had answers really quickly! And most importantly I’m happy with my new look, feeling more confident already. Cannot wait for the final results ???? Thank you team Abood!
Lynette Hodge
Lynette Hodge
8 February 2023
I am so grateful to have been referred to Mr Abood for surgery, by my consultant dermatologist who diagnosed a rapidly growing tumour on my leg as a Keratoacanthoma. With the need to have this removed as a matter of urgency, Mr Abood’s wonderful secretary, Justine, clearly went to a great deal of trouble to arrange for me to have surgery within 24 hours. I arrived at The Weymouth hospital where I met Mr Abood for the first time. His warm, gentle manner was so reassuring while he explained the procedure clearly, including the need for a skin graft and put me at ease before I was prepared for surgery. I cannot speak more highly of the whole experience, from Mr Abood and his delightful, caring team of nurses, to the theatre staff, they were all friendly but respectful, filling me with confidence. The care I was given was exceptional and the facilities at this hospital were outstanding. When it was time to have the dressing and stitches removed, Mr Abood did it himself and was so gentle that I didn’t feel a thing. There is no question that Mr Abood is an extremely skilful surgeon who goes ‘above and beyond’ to provide the best possible outcome for his patients. I feel blessed to have been referred to him.
Teodora Nikolova
Teodora Nikolova
24 January 2023
If I can give 10 stars to Mr ABOOD, Justine and the whole team at the Weymouth Hospital I would. I’ve searched for months and had a few consultations before I’ve met Dr. Ahid Abood. He listened all my concerns and answered all of my questions. Very experienced, professional and respectful. I had a mommy makeover surgery ( tummy tuck with 360 liposuction, muscle repair and breast lift with implants) with him and what can I say, this surgeon is magician. Recovery was much easier than I expected. I am extremely happy with my results and I have so much confidence now. Huge shout out to Justine, this woman is a sunshine, so kind and supportive.
Eva Dhliwayo
Eva Dhliwayo
3 October 2022
Dr Abood is a wonderful Surgeon i have ever met. From the start to finish my experience was amazing. He explained everything to me in a very clear manner. He properly informed me about the procedure. His secretary Justine is incredible, very friendly and professional. I am 3 weeks Post Surgery and I have been following Dr Abood's recovery instructions. I feel so good and very happy with the results. I can't thank him enough on how he has changed my life.I am so glad I choose Dr-Abood and would highly recommend to anyone.

Potential Risks

Although shave excision is generally considered safe, there are potential risks and complications to be mindful of, including:


All surgical procedures carry a risk of infection. Signs of infection may include increased pain, redness, swelling, warmth, or discharge from the wound. Infections typically manifest around 9 days post-procedure and are usually treated with a one-week course of oral antibiotics. If you have concerns about infection, we are available to evaluate and provide guidance.


Bleeding can occur during or after the removal procedure. Excessive bleeding in rare cases may necessitate medical attention.


Scarring is an inevitable outcome of any surgery. The extent of scarring varies and is influenced by individual factors and healing processes. We strive to minimise the appearance of any unavoidable scarring.

Nerve Damage

In rare instances, surgical removal procedures for large or deep lesions may result in damage to nearby nerves, leading to temporary or permanent numbness or altered sensation in the area.


Certain types of skin lesions pose a small risk of recurrence. If your surgery involved skin cancer removal, we recommend annual skin checks with a skin expert to monitor for early signs of recurrence or other skin cancers.

Related FAQs

What is the purpose of shave excisions?

Shave excisions are conducted to eliminate benign or cancerous skin growths like moles, warts, skin tags, or specific types of skin cancers. This approach is typically favoured when the lesion is superficial and limited to the skin’s surface. Shave excisions may be preferred over surgical excisions as they are less invasive, causing minimal damage to the surrounding skin while effectively removing the lesion.

What is the recovery time for a shave excision?

The duration of recovery following a shave excision varies based on factors such as the size and location of the excision, as well as individual healing capabilities. Typically, the recovery period is relatively short, spanning from a few days to a couple of weeks.

Is scarring expected after shave excision?

While there may be a scar after shave excision, this procedure generally leads to minimal scarring. The appearance of the scar can vary based on factors like the size and location of the treated area, as well as individual healing capabilities.

Are shave excisions suitable for all body areas?

Shave excisions can be performed on different parts of the body, such as the face, neck, arms, legs, and trunk. The suitability of this procedure for a particular area is influenced by factors like the type of growth and the thickness of the skin in that region.

Does shave excision cause pain?

The procedure is typically painless as a local anaesthetic is administered to numb the area. Some mild pain or discomfort may be experienced during the healing phase, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain relief medication like Paracetamol.

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