These simpler surgical procedures are carried out in the Out Patients Department in 30-60minitues usually under Local Anaesthetic. Most wounds are closed directly with simple sutures (stitches), requiring a return to the specialist plastic surgery nurse for a wound check in 1-2 weeks.
Most isolated skin cancers can be easily removed in a short local Anaesthetic procedure. Direct Closure of the wound is usually performed in the vast majority, but occasionally some reconstruction of the defect is needed in the form of a skin graft or local flap.
A simple cyst or a fatty lump called a Lipoma are common and can easily be removed under local Anaesthetic is a few minutes. Very occasionally large Lipomas require a general Anaesthetic, but patients will be discharged on the same day of surgery.
Split earlobes are commonly caused by trauma or prolonged use of heavy jewellery. Ear lobe reduction requires careful planning to hide the scars as much as possible into natural folds in the ear/cheek junction. Tribal ear lobes are more complicated requiring reshaping of the stretched poor quality skin to make a “new earlobe”