The risks of skin surgery

Skin surgery is usually very safe. If you have a procedure carried out by a one of our skin specialist at our Harley Street Dermatology Clinic in London, it will usually be done with just a local anaesthetic. The surgical wounds are usually small and shallow, and you won’t need to spend any time in hospital to recover. However, there are always risks with any kind of surgery. Your doctor will explain these in detail before the procedure.
1. Scarring:

Surgery always leaves a scar, but with skin surgery this is usually small and there is a good chance that it will fade over time. Your skin specialist at our London clinic will tell you what you can expect the surgical scar to look like. You will also be given instructions on caring for the wound to reduce scarring and prevent infection. In rare cases, a scar can become swollen after the wound has healed. It might also become purple in colour, start to itch, or grow a little larger. If you notice any of these symptoms, you should contact your dermatologist right away. You may need anti-inflammatory medication to treat the symptoms and reduce the risk of permanent scarring.

2. Infection:

A surgical wound will be much cleaner than a cut, but there is still a risk of infection. Keeping the wound clean, dry, and covered until it heals can help, but you may need a course of antibiotics. Get in touch with one of our skin specialist in London if you notice swelling, redness, pain or any pus coming from the wound. In most cases, the infection will clear up quickly once you are receiving treatment.

3. Bleeding and Bruising:

It is very rare for skin surgery to result in heavy bleeding, but you may have some bleeding from the surgical wound in the week after surgery. You should apply pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding and contact your doctor if it doesn’t stop or it is very heavy. Sometimes there may be some internal bleeding or bruising around the surgical site. This should go away in time, but if you are having an operation on your face you may want to arrange some time off work, just in case.


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