Stafford Skincare


Dr Anne Ward

Consultant Dermatologist



01543 251807



Home Dermatology Cosmetic Treatments Skin Surgery Fees and Appointments About Us



Skin Surgery – Burntwood, Burton, Cannock, Lichfield, Rugeley, Stafford, Stoke-on-Trent, Stone, Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Walsall, Wolverhampton


- Mole Removal, Warts, Cysts and Skin Tags

- Skin Cancer - Basal Cell Cancer, Malignant Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Mole Removal, Warts, Cysts and Skin Tags

Moles, Skin Tags, Cysts and Warty Growths are extremely common on the face and other parts of the body. Most of these skin growths are benign and harmless, but they can be unsightly and embarrassing. Some moles and cysts may cause problems when combing hair, shaving, applying make-up or by catching on clothes. Funding restrictions means that surgery for these benign skin lesions is not routinely available on the NHS.

Moles, cysts, skin tags and warts can easily be removed in a single visit to Stafford Skincare. Mole removal is quick and convenient with a simple pricing structure – there is a consultation fee plus a procedure fee which depends on the type of surgery necessary to remove the lesion. The consultation fee covers the cost of a full examination, explanation of the procedure, and documenting consent. The surgical procedures are usually performed after a local anaesthetic is injected in to the skin to numb the area. Stafford Skincare is one of the few Cosmetic and Dermatology clinics registered with the Care Quality Commission (CQC), ensuring high quality, safe and effective treatments.


Surgical Procedures

The most common procedure to remove raised, pale brown moles, warts and skin tags, is called Shave Biopsy. The raised mole, wart or skin tag is sliced off level with the skin, and any small bleeding points are stopped with cautery (hot wire). No stitches are necessary. The whole procedure takes about 20 minutes.

Shave Biopsy of a Benign Intradermal Naevus


Cysts are commonly found on the scalp and back, sometimes on the face. They are removed by first making a small opening in to the cyst to let out the contents and then removing the cyst wall. Stitches are used to close up the skin. The whole procedure takes about 30 minutes.

A typical Scalp Cyst and multiple Seborrhoeic Warts on the back


Some skin lesions, such as small, flat seborrhoeic warts or viral warts may respond better to cryotherapy (freezing), rather than surgery.


Excision is where a flat brown mole (pigmented skin lesion) is cut out and the area is closed with stitches. The whole procedure takes about 30 – 40 minutes. In keeping with National Guidelines, this type of mole is sent for analysis. The cost of analysis depends on the number of histology tests needed to make a diagnosis and starts from £130.


Mole, Wart, Cyst and Skin Tag Removal Costs

£160 – Consultation fee, plus:

£200 – Shave Biopsy
£250 – Cyst Removal
£300 – Excision of a pigmented skin lesion
£50 – Cryotherapy

Sometimes, more than one lesion can be removed at the same visit – the cost will depend on the number of lesions, and will be discussed prior to any procedure.


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Skin Cancer – Basal Cell Cancer, Malignant Melanoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma


Skin Cancers are becoming more common, even in younger people, probably as a result of people having more sun exposure.


Actinic Keratosis is the name given to “sun damage” and looks like rough, red, scaling patches on the face and scalp. It is a type of pre-cancer, so is usually treated – either with creams or cryotherapy. Photodynamic Therapy is approved as a medical treatment by NICE and gives excellent cosmetic results. Treatment is simple: a specialist light sensitive cream is applied to the skin for several hours, following which the cream is activated by shining a non-laser, red light on to the treated area for about 10 minutes.

Photodynamic Therapy for Actinic Keratosis of the Scalp


Basal Cell Cancer is the most common skin cancer and can be treated by a variety of methods including surgery, radiotherapy, Photodynamic Therapy (PDT), cryotherapy and topical creams, depending on its type, size and site.


Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Malignant Melanoma are more serious types of skin cancers, but are less common. Successful treatment depends on early and accurate diagnosis.

Basel Cell Cancer, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Malignant Melanoma and Bowen's disease


Dermatologists are trained to detect and treat skin cancers. Dermoscopy is a specialist technique where an experienced Dermatologist examines a mole or other skin lesion with a Dermatoscope. By using Dermoscopy, the Dermatologist can see subtle features in a mole or other skin lesion, giving reassurance that either the mole is harmless or detecting an abnormality at an early stage. Dermoscopy is sometimes called a Mole Check or Mole Screening.


In the NHS, dermatologists work in multi-disciplinary Skin Cancer Teams, and follow rigorous standards for the diagnosis and management of skin cancers. Most people don’t realise that about 50% of people referred to an NHS dermatology clinic is for the diagnosis and management of a suspected skin cancer. This means that dermatologists are usually highly skilled in surgical techniques.


After her appointment as a Consultant Dermatologist, Dr. Anne Ward became the Lead Clinician for Skin Cancer Services for Mid Staffordshire (1996 – 2005). During this time, she raised the standard of care for skin cancer patients such that her Skin Cancer Team was ranked first in two consecutive West Midlands NHS Peer Reviews. Dr. Anne Ward continues to work closely with Consultant Plastic Surgeons linked to a Skin Cancer MDT, to provide a multi-disciplinary approach to skin cancer management.


Skin Cancer Treatment Costs

£160 – Consultation fee, plus:

£300 – Excision of a pigmented skin lesion or skin cancer
£50 – Dermoscopy, when performing a whole Body Mole Check

Histology – The cost of analysis depends on the number of histology tests needed to make a diagnosis and starts from £130


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Patient Information Leaflets

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To book an appointment for Mole, Skin Tag, Wart or Cyst removal, or for treatment of a Skin Cancer – please contact your nearest private dermatology clinic at Cannock, Lichfield, Rowley Hospital Stafford, or Spire Little Aston Hospital Sutton Coldfield.