Mole removal video shows ellipse excision results

07 Jun 2021 | Category: Medical

Foot mole removal surgeryLeading mole removal company Cosmedics Skin Clinics has issued a new video, demonstrating ellipse excision mole removal from a patient’s foot.

The procedure was carried out by GP and Medical Director, Dr Ross Perry, who has removed thousands of moles in his career, some due to medical concern and many for purely aesthetic reasons.

In this case, the patient had been worried about changes to a mole on his foot, which had grown in both colour and size over the last year.

Patient Will’s mole removal story began when he sent a photo to Cosmedics Skin Clinics for free advice. This is a service that many patients take advantage of to understand what is likely to be involved.

Will attended Cosmedics Skin Clinics in London, where Dr Perry examined his mole in detail. Dr Perry explains:

“This is what we call a dermatoscope. It’s a little device that we use to basically just look at the moles and it just helps us look underneath the skin.

“So if we just have a quick little look at this one and I can take a little picture of it for you so as you can see that’s your little mole there. So what the things is that we’re looking for with this is basically the colour, the depth of the colour and any changes than that what we call the architecture of the mole; and yours is very, very dark and it’s also very deep.

“So the fact that it’s a new mole is changing and it’s different from any other mole that you have on your body in my opinion I think it would be better just on the safe side just to remove it send it off to the lab get it tested and then we’ve got a bit of peace of mind that hopefully it’s all okay.”

Mole removal surgery demonstration video

Preparing for mole removal

Ross started by drawing a margin around the mole. He commented:

“We normally mark out a little margin around the mole to make sure that we’ve got it all out and then we basically do what’s called an ellipse excision for this; so that’s basically where we’re going to cut around it and ensure that the whole mole has been removed.”

Next, a local anaesthetic injection was delivered in order to numb the area and make the procedure entirely pain-free. Dr Perry explained:

“The nice thing about doing these things is giving you some local anaesthetic means that you don’t feel a thing despite what we’re doing.”

After thoroughly disinfecting the area, Ross removed the mole very carefully. He told Will:

“So that’s what we call an ellipse excision, we’re just going to take it off the lower layers of the skin. Just got to be careful on the foot just because there’s fairly important structures underneath.”

Once the mole had been removed, Dr Perry explained that the removed mole would be sent off to the lab for testing.

He continued to neatly close the wound with cauterisation and stitches:

“What we do now is cauterise the bleeding so this just stops it’s just a special radio surgical device and as you can see, very little bleeding from this it’s very nice.

“So we’re going to put a dissolving stitch underneath the skin and then a superficial stitch on the surface just to give it a bit of a beautification. So these are just very superficial, some deeper stitches or deeper stitches for the wound. The nice thing about these stitches is you never see them, they just dissolve over probably six or eight weeks.”

Mole removal aftercare and followup

The patient was provided with a supply of Steristrips to use at home. In terms of aftercare, Dr Perry recommended:

“Change them every three or four days and the idea for these is that they just support the wound, so that again the wound heals very nicely. So you just put them east to west across the wound under a tiny, tiny little bit of tension. This is just a little showerproof dressing, just goes over the top.”

While the dressing is in place, Dr Perry recommended either bathing with foot out of water or showering with a plastic bag to keep the wound dry.

Mole testing

Dr Ross Perry explained that mole test results would be back in around 5-7 days. He explained how mole testing worked to evaluate the risk of a mole:

“With moles like this there’s a there’s a grading system. If you imagine it  almost like a colour chart; white is completely normal, shades of grey is irregular and then you’ve got black which is skin cancer.

“So I suspect that this will probably be a light grey, that’s what I’m hoping it’s likely to be.

“So the way that we’ve removed it, it shouldn’t require any further treatment, but it’s just precautionary to do that.”

Will’s mole test removal results were returned quickly and he was given the all clear. He said:

“I got a message from the clinic saying that all was clear, that my mole wasn’t a melanoma and so that was a relief obviously.”

Mole removal review

The patient gave his review, saying:

“It was very easy. As I said I was slightly nervous beforehand, but Ross who saw me was was excellent and it didn’t hurt a bit. Took about 10 or 15 minutes and all done and dusted.”

After removal of the stitches, he added:

“Everything has been very easy and kind of everyone’s made me feel very comfortable so yeah in terms of recommending Cosmedics 100% it’s all been great and yeah I would highly recommend them to anyone that’s looking to have anything done.”

Mole Checks By Experienced Doctors & Surgeons

Cosmedics Skin Clinics offer a variety of mole check services:

  1. Free email mole assessment – this doesn’t replace a consultation, but is a good way to start. Simply email a photo of your mole to
  2. Mole consultation – in person with a doctor or surgeon, this includes a full assessment of your mole together with quote based on examination. There is a £50 consultation fee applies, which it is deductible against the cost of treatment on the day
  3. Full body mole check – a full head to toe assessment of every part of the skin to identify any potential issues. Carried out by trained and experienced doctors or surgeons



Mole removal services

Cosmedics Skin Clinic is a leading provider of mole removal procedures in the UK with clinics in London and Bristol, carrying out thousands of procedures to remove unwanted moles for cosmetic reasons. Mole removal surgery is carried out by experienced doctors who can remove moles same day with Cosmedics’ exclusive ‘See & Treat’ service.

A variety of treatment methods are offered for best results:

All moles are sent for independent lab testing as a precaution and the results are sent to the client within a few days.


Cosmedics Skin Clinics

Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors.  The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.

Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.

Call 020 7386 0464 or email to book an appointment.


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