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 surgical excision?

Surgical excision is a frequently used medical procedure to remove abnormal or diseased tissue from the body.

This procedure involves completely removing the targeted tissue along with any surrounding unhealthy tissue. Dermatologists, plastic surgeons, and other specialized surgeons commonly perform surgical excisions to treat skin conditions like moles, cysts, skin tags, and lipomas.

While surgical excision is generally considered a safe and effective treatment option, it does carry some risks such as infection, bleeding, scarring, or changes in sensation. If surgical excision is recommended for you, our experts at The Day Clinic will thoroughly discuss the procedure, potential risks, and side effects with you.

The Consultation

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Your Consultation

During the consultation, a consultant dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon will examine the skin lesion to determine its nature. Your consultant will gather your medical history, listen to your concerns and establish the desired outcome. Once this information is clear, the consultant will discuss the available options to achieve your desired outcome. If surgical excision is recommended, they will explain the procedure, including its benefits, risks, and potential outcomes.

Depending on the type of skin lesion, such as a suspicious mole, the consultant may opt to send a sample for testing or histology before proceeding with excision. In cases where the situation is straightforward, the consultation and surgery may be combined into a single visit known as a ‘see and treat’ appointment. This approach can offer a more convenient and cost-effective way to manage treatment.

The Procedure

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Procedure

Surgical excision takes place in one of our state-of-the-art operating theatres. The procedure begins with the injection of a local anaesthetic to numb the area and reduce discomfort.

Next, the surgeon carefully makes an incision around the targeted area and removes the tissue. The incision is strategically placed to allow for easy closure after the tissue removal, aiming to optimize the cosmetic result and minimize scarring.

Following the excision, the wound is typically closed with sutures or stitches. In some instances, additional reconstructive techniques may be necessary to restore the appearance and function of the area. The removed tissue may be sent to a laboratory for further analysis to determine the nature of any abnormalities or to ensure the complete removal of any abnormal or cancerous cells.

Aftercare & Results

Ahid Abood Plastic Surgery - Aftercare

Following your procedure, your consultant will provide personalised aftercare instructions tailored to the specific treatment you received. It is crucial to adhere to these guidelines to achieve the best possible results.

If a dressing was applied post-procedure, you will receive guidance on how to care for the area and change the dressing as needed.

In the case of having stitches from a surgical procedure to remove a skin lesion, your consultant will inform you if they are absorbable or not. Non-absorbable stitches typically require removal approximately one week after treatment. It is essential to keep the wound clean and dry and to follow any specific wound care instructions provided.

If you experience any pain or discomfort, you may manage it with painkillers like paracetamol. If the pain is severe or if you have any concerns, we can offer guidance on the next steps.

Your consultant may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the healing process, assess your recovery, or discuss treatment results.

Skin surgery will result in a scar, but there are methods to reduce its visibility. Regularly massaging the area for a few minutes can help soften the scar tissue, leading to a more faded appearance. Your consultant will advise you on when to start massaging and provide instructions. We recommend using a high SPF sunscreen on the area for approximately 12 months following the 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 surgical excision is generally considered a safe procedure, it is important to be aware of potential risks and complications that may arise, including:


There is a risk of infection with any surgical procedure. Symptoms of infection may include increased pain, redness, swelling, warmth, or discharge from the wound. Infections typically occur around 9 days after the procedure and can be treated with a course of oral antibiotics. If you have any concerns about infection, we are available to assess and provide appropriate advice.


Bleeding may occur during or after the removal procedure. In rare cases, excessive bleeding may require medical attention.


Scarring is inevitable following any surgery, with the extent varying based on individual cases and healing processes. Efforts will be made to minimize 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 carry a small risk of recurrence. If the surgery involved removing a skin cancer, annual skin checks with a skin expert are recommended to monitor for signs of recurrence or other skin cancers.

Related FAQs

How long does surgical excision take?

Surgical excision typically takes around 30 minutes, but the duration may vary depending on factors such as the size, type, number, and location of the lesion(s).

Does surgical excision hurt?

Surgical excision procedures are performed under local anaesthesia in our specialised operating theatres at The Day Clinic. Discomfort at the treatment site may be experienced once the anaesthesia wears off. Patients can expect some pain and soreness around the excision site for about a week after the procedure, which can usually be managed with over-the-counter pain medication like Paracetamol.

Could the lesion recur after surgical excision?

While we cannot provide a 100% guarantee that a lesion won’t recur after surgical excision, this treatment is often effective in preventing future recurrence depending on the type of lesion removed. Your consultant can discuss the treatment’s reliability and the risk of recurrence during your consultation.

How long does it take to recover after surgical excision?

Most excision wounds typically heal within one to three weeks following the procedure. In cases where a skin graft or flap was used to close the wound, the treated area may take up to two months to fully heal.

Will surgical excision leave a scar?

Surgical excision may result in scarring once the wound has healed. The visibility of scars can vary based on factors such as age, location of the lesion on the body, and individual skin responses. Scars usually fade over time and can be minimized through proper wound aftercare and scar massage. Your consultant can provide guidance on this during your treatment.

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