Moles, skin lesions and skin cancers


Tees Plastic Surgery is one of the region leading clinics providing plastic surgery procedures to remove moles, other benign skin lesions and skin cancers - you can make an appointment yourself or ask your GP to refer you to us or for assessment and treatment.

All our procedures are performed by Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin who has more than 15 years experience delivering high quality, high value, clinical solutions to both men and women of all ages.

All your care is provided by Mr Dunkin and his expert team at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington - the regions leading private hospitals. At Tees Plastic Surgery you can be assured you will receive the best quality of care and a level of service that is second to none.

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Minor operations

We perform a large number of minor procedures for skin problems. (awake). These are usually done under with you awake (local anaesthetic) and you can go home as soon as we have finished. We use showerproof dressings or ointment so you wash and shower as normal. Problems are uncommon but we will go through this with you in detail in clinic. Most people heal nicely with a small scar that can be difficult to see.

Lipoma (fatty lump)

Lipoma are non-cancerous (benign) lumps of fat beneath the skin or occasionally in deeper tissue. There can be tender or painful when knocked but most patients just don't like the look of them. 

Skin tags

Skin tags (papilloma) are another common benign skin problem and usually heal without much of a mark and rarely recur. 


A cyst is a swelling on the face or body that may be tender or sore. You may have required antibiotics in the past if the cyst became infected or inflamed. Some cysts settle down themselves. Others need drainage when infected. Cysts can be removed simply under local anaesthetic (with you awake) as a day case. Recurrence is uncommon.

Moles (naevi)

Moles are normal features of the skin like freckles. They are commonly brown in colour and appear early in childhood or later in life. Moles often change slowly as you get older. They can become raised, change in colour and grow hairs. You may find your mole unsightly or it may catch on jewelry or when men shave. Most moles are not cancerous (benign) and can be safely left alone. However if there is any doubt about the diagnosis your mole may be removed for examination under the microscope. 

Dysplastic moles

Dysplastic moles may be larger than average and irregular in shape and colour. If you have an abnormal looking mole or one that changes in size, shape and colour then you should be seen by a Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist and have the mole removed for histology if necessary.  

Skin cancer

The incidence of skin cancer is increasing due in part to increasing sun exposure. Most skin cancers can be effectively treated with a single minor procedure or with a small biopsy followed by a short procedure.

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer in the UK. Most BCCs are treated with a small procedure, need no further treatment and do not recur.

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. Again these can be effectively treated in a single short procedure. There is a small chance that SCCs can spread to other parts of the body and we arrange to see you regularly for a year or so. 


Moles are a normal feature of the skin and the vast majority are not dangerous. However there are a few suspicious signs that should make you go and see your family doctor and a Plastic Surgeon or Dermatologist:

Development of a new mole as an adult.

If a mole grows or an is greater than 6-7mm diameter.
If a mole changes colour – becomes darker or loses colour.
If a mole changes shape or has an irregular border.
If a mole becomes itchy, irritated or bleeds

If your GP is suspicious then they will refer you to a specialist for review and you may need to have the mole should be removed and sent for examination under the microscope. The treatment of melanoma is normally surgical and involves removal of the mole and a margin of surrounding skin to reduce the risk of recurrence and spread. Your specialist will then arrange for follow up for 1-5 years depending on the type of melanoma. Further treatment is occasionally required.

What happens at my consultation?

Your appointment will be with our Consultant Plastic Surgeon Chris Dunkin.

This assessment includes a full medical history and examination. We will then talk about what we can do to help, what is
involved and what you can expect in terms of outcome, recovery and aftercare. Following your consultation, we will write to you with further information and then see you again for your procedure or to follow-up your progress. 

Paying for treatment

Tees Plastic Surgery offers Consultant-delivered state-of-the-art cosmetic surgery procedures at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington. Paying for your treatment could not be simpler and both Nuffield Health and BMI hospitals offer loans to fund surgical treatment.

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What do I do now?

Our clinic is based at the Nuffield Health Tees Hospital Stockton-on-Tees or BMI Woodlands Hospital Darlington.

Please contact us on 0844 272 5951 for a consultation
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