‘Skin lesions’ is the generic name for a wide range of lumps or bumps that appear on the skin, through a variety of different causes. The vast majority of skin lesions are harmless, but they can cause significant cosmetic concern, and affect an individual’s confidence, or they can routinely catch on clothing (and hence be a source of regular irritation).
A selection of some of the different types of skin lesions which can be treated at BrightNewMe are shown below. We treat a wide variety of lesions using two processes, cryotherapy or thermo-coagulation.
The process of cryotherapy which is used, for example, to treat warts, skin tags and moles, involves the precise application of freezing nitrous oxide (-89C) to the lesion, such that the damaged cells are destroyed and eliminated. The equipment I use, a Cryopen, is very accurate so that lesions measuring just 1mm across can be targeted, with minimal damage to the surrounding tissues. You should be aware that following treatment there will be some downtime (for example there may be scabbing and occasionally a blister at the site of the lesion) in the short term. Cryotherapy is not suitable for dark/ pigmented skins, as there is a risk of loss of pigmentation, leaving a white area.
Thermo-coagulation is a procedure whereby a tiny amount of microwave energy is transmitted, through a needle the width of a strand of hair, directly into the lesion. The process is repeated to cover the entire lesion. The energy affects only the cells around the point of entry, leaving surrounding tissues unaffected. It is a technique pioneered for the treatment of thread veins, but has been shown to be extremely effective for treating some skin lesions, particularly those of a vascular nature such as red blood spots (Cherry Angiomas) and spider naevi. Small lesions such as sebaceous hyperplasia can also be treated with thermocoagulation. Short term scabbing is likely following treatment.
Examples of skin lesions suitable for treatment
Treatment costs will vary according to the nature, size and number of lesions to be treated, along with treatment method. We typically ask patients to send in photographs of the lesions, for initial assessment. These are then reviewed by myself, Dr Sarah Norman, for suitability, but treatment with cryotherapy is administered by Natasha, our fully trained Aesthetic Therapist. Treatments are charged according to the time required in assessment and treatment, but by way of guidance a short cryotherapy appointment, to treat a couple of small lesions, or one larger one, would be of the order of £60. A longer appointment, to treat a few smaller lesions, or several larger ones, might be charged at £120 (more if numerous, pro-rata).
A significant proportion of lesions may require a second cryotherapy treatment, and severe warts can require multiple treatments. Repeat sessions are usually undertaken at 28 day intervals, and are also chargeable, although such follow-up appointments are generally quicker (with a reduced charge accordingly).
Thermo-coagulation charges are £200 per 30 minute appointment with Natasha, our fully trained aesthetic therapist, or £120 for a shorter appointment, for example of just one lesion. As with lesions treated with cryotherapy, repeat treatments can be necessary.
A more specific cost estimate can be given upon receipt of a photograph of the area of concern. Please see the contact form at the bottom of this page.
Please be aware that the 2 techniques we offer (freezing or burning) do not enable a tissue diagnosis – nothing is sent off to the laboratory. As such, the treatments are only offered to benign (non-cancerous) lesions. If your mole/ lesion is pigmented you will be asked to attend your General Practitioner prior to visiting BrightNewMe. This is important in order for us to confirm the appropriateness of our treatment.
Although we have a dedicated page for general client testimonials, below you will see a selection of comments from patients whose skin lesions we have treated. Click on the extract to see the comments in full.
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