Skin Cancer Surgery

Skin Cancer Surgery

There are three common types of skin cancer in the UK. Basel cell carcinomas, Squamous cell carcinomas (SCC) and Melanoma. At Kinvara Private Hosptial we offer procedures to remove these types of skin cancer.

1. How long is the recovery?
You should be able to go home the same day. You should be able to return to your normal activities after one to two days. Depending on your type of work, you should be able to return after one to two days.

2. I’m worried about pain.
There is slight discomfort following skin cancer surgery, but this is only temporary. Some swelling and bruising is expected but resolves after a few days.

3. Will the result be instant?
The procedure will remove the skin cancer.

4. Can I avoid general anaesthetic?
This procedure is performed under local anaesthetic.

5. What is the cost?
If you would like a tailored quote, please book an initial consultation to discuss your condition and treatment options with your chosen consultant. Once the initial consultation is complete, you will receive a tailored quote for your treatment. Please call us on 01709 464200 or email if you wish to receive a guide price for any specific treatments.


Basal cell carcinomas are the most common form of skin cancer accounting for almost 80% of all skin cancers. They belong to a group of skin cancers called non-melanoma skin cancer (NMSC) and their incidence is estimated at 100,000 per annum in the UK. The estimated lifetime risk for BCC in the white population is 33-39% for men and 23-28% for women. Fair-skin and chronic sun exposure are both important factors in the development of basal cell carcinomas. BCCs typically appear as a small nodule or ulcer.

BCCs very rarely metastasize but can cause significant morbidity by invading and destroying surrounding tissue. Squamous cel carcinoma are the second most common type of skin cancer and together with BCC, are collectively referred to as non-melanoma skin cancer.

Squamous cell carcinomas can occur on any part of the body, but are most commonly occur on areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the head and neck (including the lips and ears) and the backs of the hands. They can also appear in old scars, ulcers, burns and skin previously treated with radiotherapy. SCCs typically appear as a nodule, ulcer or scaly patch.

SCCs can be cured if they are detected early and appropriate treatment undertaken.

Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and has the ability to spread to surrounding skin and other parts of the body, such as lymph nodes, liver and lungs. Melanoma is a malignant tumour of melanocytes, cells in the skin that produce melanin, a pigment that gives skin it’s colour. The majority of melanomas are black or brown. However, some may be skin-colored, pink or red.


For the majority of patients diagnosed with melanoma, an excision biopsy (excision of the tumour along with a margin of normal tissue) followed by wider excision is all that is required. However, it is crucial that the melanoma is removed as early as possible as this correlates with improved survival.

Anyone with a suspicious mole or blemish should seek an opinion of a doctor without delay.

Speak to a member of our team for further information or to arrange a consultation

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Possible Risks

As with any surgical procedure, risks should be considered, and the decision to undergo skin cancer surgery should not be made hastily. Risks include;

Scars / poor scarring – some patients are prone to raised, thick scars.

Infection – should an infection arise then treatment with antibiotics or further surgery may be necessary. The risk of infection is rare,

Bruising and Swelling – bruising and swelling is expected but rarely persists for several weeks,


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Pricing & Finance

When you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, there’s a lot to think about – the choice of treatments available, the results you want to achieve, the recovery time, any potential risks and, of course, the cost.

Kinvara Private Hospital is registered with the Care Quality Commission. Cosmetic surgery results and benefits can vary and are different for each individual. As such, we cannot guarantee specific results.

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