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Our Minor Skin Surgery services are available to treat a variety of skin concerns quickly and effectively.
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We recognise that skin lesions and blemishes can be a source of discomfort, and may be something that you are self-conscious about. Wellbeing offers Minor Surgery for a range of skin conditions from our Tollgate Clinic in Colchester, Essex. Our experienced specialists will discuss your condition and treatment options with you, so that you can make an informed decision about your care and take advantage of fast access to treatment. All of our procedures are outpatient services and do not require general anaesthetic.

To aid in the diagnosis of skin conditions, our clinicians are specially trained in the use of a Digital Dermatoscope. This specialised piece of equipment illuminates and magnifies the surface detail of the skin, giving the clinician a clear visual of the area and increasing the speed and accuracy of diagnosis compared to using the naked eye.

If you already have a diagnosis and are looking at your options, our clinician will discuss with you any previous treatment you may have had, and go through with you their recommended route towards reducing or removing the skin condition in question.

How can Minor Skin Surgery help me?

We commonly treat a variety of skin conditions including:

  • Benign moles: small, harmless growths of the skin caused by melanin
  • Lipomas: soft, fatty lumps under the skin
  • Sebaceous cysts: fluid-filled lumps under the skin
  • Skin tags: small clusters of skin tissue extending out from a stem
  • Spider naevi: small clumps of blood vessels on the surface of the skin

If you have a problem that is not listed above, you are more than welcome to book an appointment with us to identify and diagnose the affected area. If our clinicians are not able to help, we will be happy to advise on other treatments and where they are available, either on the NHS or via a self-pay route.

We surveyed 52 Minor Skin Surgery patients from 2020-21, out of which 51 rated their experience positively, giving us a 98% satisfaction rate!

Treatment information

Lesions located on the face

Due to the visibility of skin conditions on the face, we would look to remove any concerns you may have in this area as quickly as possible. The facial area contains many sensitive structures, so in order to ensure that treatment can be performed with minimal scarring or complications, we recommend that you book in for a discussion dedicated to facial lesions, during which you can bring up with the clinician any concerns elsewhere on your body as well.

Biopsy and histology

If you have a pigment lesion (mole), our clinicians will take a biopsy that will be sent to a laboratory for analysis. Most moles are benign or harmless, but if they are atypical or exhibiting changes, this could be a sign that they need further investigation. The results of the biopsy will then be returned to the clinic and you will be contacted to discuss the findings and the recommended treatment options.

Stitches

Stitches are usually not required for minor surgical procedures, but if they are needed, we use soluble stitches which means that you will not need to book a return appointment to have them removed.


Pricing and appointments

Minor Skin Surgery appointments are charged according to the time spent with the clinician. You can book a 15-minute initial telephone consultation assessment to discuss your requirements and your clinician will confirm treatment options and prices.

Price guide:*

Initial Telephone Assessment – £60

15 minute Minor Surgery – £250

30 minute Minor Surgery – £400

45 minute Minor Surgery - £550

60 minute Minor Surgery – £699

Follow-up (up to 7 days post op) - £40

Follow-up (more than 7 days) - £60

Histology for one lesion - £80

Histology for up to three lesions - £140

All prices inclusive of VAT.

*Prices are dependant on the individual patient’s needs. The price provides an overview of the potential cost and is not an exact figure, as all patients’ requirements are different.

You can find a full list of payment terms and conditions here.

To find out more about the options available to you through Wellbeing, please contact our team today.

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    Minor Skin Surgery Help & Resources

    You should be able to return to work immediately following your Minor Skin Surgery appointment. Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, you may experience some slight discomfort depending on your procedure, and you should avoid strenuous activities. You may have a dressing that you need to keep in place for a...

    How soon can I return to work after Minor Skin Surgery?

    You should be able to return to work immediately following your Minor Skin Surgery appointment. Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, you may experience some slight discomfort depending on your procedure, and you should avoid strenuous activities. You may have a dressing that you need to keep in place for a...
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    You will be given a contact number if you have any concerns after the minor skin surgery procedure. Normally there is no need for aftercare as our clinicians use soluble stitches so there should be no need for a return visit to the clinic. If non-soluble stitches are used then...

    Will any aftercare be needed following Minor Skin Surgery?

    You will be given a contact number if you have any concerns after the minor skin surgery procedure. Normally there is no need for aftercare as our clinicians use soluble stitches so there should be no need for a return visit to the clinic. If non-soluble stitches are used then...
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    Your minor skin surgery procedure will be performed under local anaesthetic which is usually administered via a needle which may cause a little discomfort. After this, you will usually feel no discomfort. If you have concerns about pain relief or anaesthetics, please contact us.

    Will the Minor Skin Surgery hurt?

    Your minor skin surgery procedure will be performed under local anaesthetic which is usually administered via a needle which may cause a little discomfort. After this, you will usually feel no discomfort. If you have concerns about pain relief or anaesthetics, please contact us.
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    After your initial consultation with our doctor and with your consent, the minor surgery will be performed. Our procedures are simple and straight forward and will often not require any further action. If necessary, the clinician may feel that a biopsy should be taken and sent to the laboratory for...

    What will happen during the Minor Skin Surgery appointment?

    After your initial consultation with our doctor and with your consent, the minor surgery will be performed. Our procedures are simple and straight forward and will often not require any further action. If necessary, the clinician may feel that a biopsy should be taken and sent to the laboratory for...
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    The length of the minor skin surgery appointment will depend on the procedure. When you book your appointment, we will advise you on how much time you will need to allow for. Usually you will not need a follow up appointment as the stitches used are soluble.  For more information...

    How long will my Minor Skin Surgery appointment be?

    The length of the minor skin surgery appointment will depend on the procedure. When you book your appointment, we will advise you on how much time you will need to allow for. Usually you will not need a follow up appointment as the stitches used are soluble.  For more information...
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    When you book your minor skin surgery appointment, we will inform you about which doctor you will see. If you have any preferences, you should state these during the booking and we will do our best to accommodate for those. For more information about our Minor Skin Surgery services, visit our dedicated...

    Which doctor will I see for Minor Skin Surgery?

    When you book your minor skin surgery appointment, we will inform you about which doctor you will see. If you have any preferences, you should state these during the booking and we will do our best to accommodate for those. For more information about our Minor Skin Surgery services, visit our dedicated...
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    Meet our Clinicians

    Dr Alan Speers  Clinical Director & GP with Special Interests
    Dr Speers is a Clinician at Tollgate Clinic with special interests in Carpal Tunnel Decompression, No-Scalpel Vasectomy and Minor Skin Surgery.
    Dr Hein Leonhardt  GP with Special Interests
    Dr Leonhardt is a Clinician at Tollgate Clinic with special interests in Carpal Tunnel, No-Scalpel Vasectomy and Minor Skin Surgery.
    Dr Yen Lam  GP with Special Interests
    Dr Lam has special interests in Carpal Tunnel Decompression and Vasectomies, and is Lead Clinician for Tollgate Clinic’s Southend Service.
    Frances Clark  Theatre Nurse
    Frances has worked as a registered nurse since 1998, working first in hospital on surgical urology wards, then in primary care nursing.
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