At A Glance


From £1250

Expected Results:

Treatment of skin cancer

Length of Surgery:

Up to 60 mins


Local anaesthetic


Usual activities by 1 week

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What is surgical excision for cancer?

Surgical excision is a commonly used treatment option for skin cancer, involving the removal of the cancerous growth along with a margin of healthy skin surrounding it.

The primary goal of this procedure is to completely eliminate the cancerous cells while minimizing the risk of recurrence. Surgical excision is known to be an effective treatment for skin cancer with a high success rate.

The Consultation

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Your Consultation

Before undergoing the surgery, patients will have a pre-operative consultation with a plastic surgeon. During this consultation, the medical history of the patient will be reviewed, and the skin cancer will be examined to determine if surgical excision is the most suitable treatment option. If not, alternative procedures such as MOHS surgery may be discussed.

If surgical excision is deemed the best course of action, patients will be informed about the benefits, risks, and potential outcomes of the surgery. Patients may also be advised to discontinue certain medications or supplements to reduce bleeding during the procedure. Additionally, if further treatment such as plastic surgery reconstruction is anticipated, it will be discussed during this stage.

The Procedure

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Procedure

The surgical procedure will take place in one of the advanced operating theatres at The Day Clinic. To ensure a pain-free experience, the area will be numbed using a local anaesthetic before the tumour and surrounding healthy skin are carefully removed. The excised tissue will be sent to a laboratory for microscopic examination to determine the type and stage of the skin cancer and to confirm the success of the excision.

The extent of the excision will depend on the size and location of the skin cancer. In some cases, a simple excision may suffice, while more complex techniques such as MOHS surgery may be necessary for certain cases. MOHS surgery involves the removal of thin layers of tissue for immediate examination, allowing for the progressive removal of cancerous cells while preserving healthy tissue.

Aftercare & Results

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Aftercare

Following the procedure, patients will receive personalised aftercare instructions from their consultant. It is crucial to follow these guidelines for optimal results. If stitches are applied, patients will be advised on how to care for the area and when to have the stitches removed. Pain management strategies, such as using painkillers, will be discussed if needed.

Patients may be required to attend follow-up appointments to monitor the healing process, recovery, and treatment results. Scarring is a common outcome of skin surgery, but techniques such as scar massage and sunscreen application can help minimize its visibility. It is recommended to use a high SPF sunscreen on the area 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

As with any surgical procedure, surgical excision comes with inherent risks and potential complications, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and changes in sensation. If surgical excision is deemed the appropriate course of treatment for you, our experts at The Day Clinic will thoroughly discuss the procedure as well as the potential risks and side effects.


Infection is a risk associated with any surgical procedure. Signs of infection may include increased pain, redness, swelling, warmth, or discharge from the wound. Most infections typically manifest around 9 days post-procedure, and treatment often involves a one-week course of oral antibiotics. If you have any concerns regarding a possible infection, we are available to assess and provide appropriate guidance.


Bleeding can occur during or after the excision procedure. In rare instances, excessive bleeding may necessitate medical attention.


Scarring is a common outcome following surgery. The degree of scarring can vary based on individual circumstances and healing processes. Our team will make efforts to minimize the appearance of any inevitable scarring.

Nerve Damage

In rare cases, particularly with large or deep lesions, surgical excision may result in damage to nearby nerves, leading to temporary or permanent numbness or altered sensation in the affected area.


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

Related FAQs

Can surgical excision treat skin cancer effectively?

In the majority of cases, surgical excision is an effective treatment for skin cancer. By removing the skin cancer through surgical excision, we eliminate the cancerous growth along with a surrounding margin of healthy tissue, reducing the likelihood of leaving any cancerous cells behind. The excised tissue is analysed in laboratory post-procedure to ensure complete removal of the cancerous tissue. In some instances, additional treatments may be recommended following excision to target any remaining cancer cells or minimize the risk of recurrence. If deemed necessary, your consultant will discuss these options with you.

How long does it take to recover after skin cancer excision?

The recovery time can vary depending on the size and location of the excision, as well as individual healing factors. Typically, it may take about one to two weeks for the surgical site to fully heal. It is crucial to follow the wound care instructions provided and attend all follow-up appointments to achieve the best possible outcome.

Does skin cancer excision cause pain?

The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, so you should not experience any pain during the surgery. Some individuals may feel pressure or movement in the area being treated. After the procedure, there may be mild discomfort or soreness at the site, which can typically be alleviated with over-the-counter pain relief such as Paracetamol.

Will I have a scar after surgical excision?

Like any skin surgery, there will usually be a scar at the site of treatment. The appearance of the scar can vary based on factors such as the size and location of the cancer, as well as your skin type. We take precautions to reduce scarring and provide advice on aftercare and scar management to minimize its visibility. If a large amount of skin is removed during the procedure, you may be a candidate for plastic surgery reconstruction following skin cancer treatment. This reconstruction will be performed by a skilled plastic surgeon specializing in reconstructive procedures at The Day Clinic.

Who will conduct the surgical excision of my skin cancer?

The surgical excision of skin cancer is carried out by a highly trained consultant dermatologist or consultant plastic surgeon, depending on the size and location of the cancer. These procedures are performed regularly by all consultants at The Day Clinic, who have experience in both the NHS and at The Day Clinic.

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