Many weird lumps, bumps, spots and lesions can show themselves on the face. We grow moles until the age of about 40; after this age we should have our full compliment of moles. Anything that develops after this should be investigated, although by no means all are nasty. However skin cancer figures are rising and we need to carefully look at every new mole and spot that develops. This is the role of the dermatoscope, a hand-held microscope with a series of lenses (and plenty of training and experience) that enables Dr Dancey to categorise moles into good and bad. Anything nasty should be seen by your GP or dermatologist.

Benign moles, bumps and lumps can be removed by various minimally invasive methods such as the Plasmage device, high frequency electrocautery device or indeed by shaving them off with a scalpel. Local anaesthesia is always provided to make the procedure pain free.

Any treatment will leave a scar; the aim of the treatment is to leave scar that is smaller or less obtrusive than the original lesion.

All lesions removed by shave excision will be sent off for histology to be absolutely certain.