At BMI Ross Hall Hospital in Glasgow, our Consultant Dermatologists treat a range of medical conditions including acne, eczema, psoriasis and skin cancers. They are also able to carry out private surgery for the removal of skin lesions such as moles, cysts, lipomas and skin tags.
Diagnosis and treatment will be offered at the same appointment wherever possible and diagnosis may include biopsies, blood tests or skin samples.
Private Skin Cancer Treatment in Glasgow
We offer rapid access to diagnostics and treatment for all non-melanoma skin cancers. The two most common forms of non-melanoma skin cancers are basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). After the initial consultation, your consultant will present the diagnosis and treatment plan. There are a number of different techniques used to treat non-melanoma skin cancers:
- Private conventional surgery in Glasgow: the technique is to cut away the cancer, along with a small amount of normal surrounding skin. The cut is then stitched closed.
- Private curettage and electrocautery (C&C) in Glasgow: the cancer cells are scraped off and an electrical current is applied to the skin to kill any remaining cancer cells.
- Private cryosurgery in Glasgow: very cold liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and kill the cancer cells.
Private mole mapping procedure in Glasgow
Mole Mapping is a painless, non-invasive procedure that acts as a surveillance programme, cataloguing and tracking your moles over time. This makes it possible to identify any changes in pre-existing or new moles which could potentially lead to skin cancer.
The process of mole mapping uses computer assisted photography and digital photo-dermoscopy to take a collection of images of your skin’s surface to generate a complete body mole map.
It has never been more important to regularly check your skin for any signs of changes in your moles or to look out for new ones. Most people have some freckles, marks or moles on their skin and it can often be difficult to identify which are new or have changed. In addition, areas which are not easily visible, like your back, can be difficult to monitor.
Mole Mapping eliminates these concerns and is a complete assessment of your moles, assisting in the early detection of skin cancer.
Who should consider private mole mapping ?
- Exposed to ultraviolet (UV) rays – excessive sunlight, tanning beds and sun lamps
- Who have a large number of moles
- Who have Irregular or large moles with an unusual appearance (atypical moles)
- With fair skin, freckling or light hair
- With family history of skin cancer
- With personal history of melanoma or other skin cancers
- With a weak immune system
- Who have Xeroderma pigmentosum (XP)
What are the advantages of having private mole mapping ?
Private mole mapping is intended to diagnose skin cancer at the earliest possible stage, when treatment is most effective, some of the advantages of mole mapping include:
- Your mole mapping history can be used to determine if a mole is new or has changed
- Your appointment will be with a specialist consultant dermatologist
- If you discover a new or changed mole, but it doesn’t reach the threshold for removal, it can be re-imaged and watched carefully
- Preventable removal of harmless moles can be avoided
- Reassurance and peace of mind
What does having private mole mapping involve?
A series of standardised photos of all the moles on your skin will then be taken and recorded on your file.
Your consultant will then run through your questionnaire, examine your skin and address any specific moles that cause concern for a higher resolution photographic (dermoscopic) examination.
Your consultant will then give advice in light of the findings.
Watch our short video below presented by Dr Robert Herd, Consultant Dermatologist that gives more detail on the mole mapping service:
Mole Mapping Video
Accessing private healthcare is easy, whether you choose to pay directly or use private medical insurance.
If you are paying for yourself, we can usually offer an upfront cost which you can then choose to pay in full or access one of our easy payment options.
If you have insurance, we can arrange direct settlement with your insurance provider, although you should check in advance to see if your treatment is covered. For more information, visit our private medical insurance page.