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Non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC)

Skin cancers are categorised into non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) and melanoma.

The majority of such lesions are benign, meaning they are not life-threatening and are removed if they are causing pain, discomfort or simply for cosmetic reasons.

Examples of such lesions include:

  • Epidermoid cysts (Sebaceous Cysts)
  • Lipoma/Lipomata (fatty lumps)
  • Papillomas (Skin tags)
  • Dermatofibromas
  • Moles

During your consultation, Mr Ridha will assess your lesion, with a dermatoscope to confirm the diagnosis prior to explaining your treatment options. Such benign lesions are usually removed surgically under local anaesthetic as day case procedures.

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These look like abnormal moles in that the vast majority are a form of brown colour. However, only about 30% develop in previous ‘normal’ moles. Although this is much less common than NMSC, it can be more serious as if left untreated it can spread to other parts of the body (metastasise).

Mr Ridha is a specialist in the management of skin cancers and is a member of a multidisciplinary skin cancer team. He is trained to assess skin lesions using a dermatoscope, providing greater accuracy in diagnosis. As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, he is able to remove lesions and reconstruct defects in even the most cosmetically sensitive areas such as the face whilst achieving an optimal aesthetic outcome.

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