Skin Tags, Moles, Lumps and Bumps

All minor procedures at Rippon Medical Services Ltd are carried out by our Medical Director, Dr A G Rippon who specialises in Advanced Aesthetic Treatments.  Dr A G Rippon, graduated with MBchB (Bachelor of Medicine and Surgery, University of Dundee), in 1998.

He is a fully qualified medical doctor with full registration by the General Medical Council (GMC).

While enjoying a career as a Principal G.P., and Senior Partner Dr Rippon developed special interests in minor surgery and medical aesthetics.  Dr Rippon is well equipped to perform these procedures specialising in creating an aesthetic result and minimising any scarring.

We offer the following minor surgery:

  • Lipoma Removal
  • Mole Removal
  • Skin Tag Removal
  • Cyst Removal

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Minor Surgical Procedures Patient Information

Mole Removal

Mole removal procedures at our registered medical clinic in Carlisle, Cumbria are carried out by Dr A G Rippon who specialises in minor surgery and aesthetics.  All moles are assessed at consultation and if there are any concerns you will be sent to your GP as a matter of urgency under the NHS.  Rippon Medical Services provides further safety netting by sending off all other removed moles to our private histology service. We use a leading provider of cellular pathology with a reputation for providing high-quality, end-to-end diagnostic service which is streamlined and secure.  Fully CPA accredited and who employ a team of highly specialist consultant pathologists covering all pathology sub-specialities.  Turn around times for most non-urgent cases are 3-5 working days (from laboratory receipt of the specimens).
What are Moles?
Moles are small coloured spots on the skin that grow in a cluster instead of being spread throughout the skin.  These spots are made up of cells called melanocytes, which produce the colour or pigment in your skin.  Moles may darken after exposure to the sun, during puberty and during pregnancy and can range from pink or brown to black in colour.  Moles may present flat or raised, oval or circular and are common, you can be born with them, inheriting them genetically or they can form from sun exposure. Although number of moles varies from person to person, fair skinned people generally have more moles due to lower amounts of melanin in their skin, and the average adult has between 10 and 40 moles.

Most of the time these moles are harmless. However, we need to conduct skin checks regularly (Dr Rippon recommends monthly, especially if you have a relative with skin cancer, or at least every three months) to see if our moles have changed. In rare circumstances a cancer known as Melanoma can arise within a pre-existing mole.  These moles will need to be removed for the safety of the patient.  In most cases however, moles are benign and harmless.  Often, patients would like them removed for cosmetic or practical reasons as they often catch on clothing or jewellery causing discomfort.
Skin Tag Removal

Skin tags are small, brown or flesh-coloured growths that protrude from the surface of the skin.  They can be found anywhere on the skin but are typically found in areas where the skin rubs against itself. Though generally harmless and nothing to worry about they are aesthetically unappealing and can rub on clothing causing irritation.

Treatment is quick and easy, with a range of removal options available, Cryotherapy, Thermocoagulation therapy via Veinwave, Ligation in which the end of the tag is tied off, interrupting its blood supply and causing it to fall off.
Tags can also be surgically removed with a scalpel.  You will be seen as an outpatient and be able to go home following the procedure. All these treatments are carried out under a local anaesthetic and are expertly removed. There will be a small white scar where the skin tag has been removed.  Post treatment advice and follow up will be given.

Lipoma Removal

Lipoma is a benign (non-cancerous) tumour of fatty tissue, they are soft, fatty lumps that grow under the skin.  Lipomas are caused by an overgrowth of fat cells that can be found anywhere in the body but typically found on the neck, back or shoulders.  They typically start small and gradually enlarge over time.  Malignant transformation of lipomas into liposarcomas is extremely rare (and often controversial)  generally Dr Rippon would recommend excision to allow for pathologic evaluation (which is the only way to make a definitive diagnosis).

Lipoma removal is usually straightforward and can be performed under local anaesthetic by Dr Rippon.  They will be surgically removed with a scalpel.  The area will be stitched and a dressing will be applied.  Full post procedure advice and follow up will be given.
Sebaceous Cyst Removal

Sebaceous cysts are common noncancerous cysts of the skin.  Cysts are abnormalities in the body that may contain liquid or semiliquid material called sebum.  Sebaceous cysts are mostly found on the face, neck or torso but can also be found in other areas of the body like the genitalia.  They vary in size and are usually harmless but can become painful or infected especially when they are irritated. 

Sebaceous Cysts can be surgically removed by our Medical Director, Dr Rippon who will remove or excising the cyst contents and sac.  By removing the sac, Dr Rippon will help prevent the cyst from returning.  He will remove the cyst under local anaesthetic and you will be given post treatment advice and follow up.

To book a Mole Removal Consultation call us today on 01228 791447 or book a consultation online here.