Skin Lesions in Birmingham

Types of Skin Lesions and Treatments available at Secret Aesthetics

‘Skin lesions’ is the term to describe any area of your skin that has different characteristics from the surrounding skin, including variations in colour, shape, size, and texture. While they are usually harmless*, they can cause a lack of confidence if they appear anywhere on your body that is visible to others. It might be that you would simply prefer not to have these blemishes on your body. There are a variety of skin lesions that Secret Aesthetics can remove or lessen the appearance of.



A skin tag is a small flap of skin, often sausage-like in shape and a few millimetres in length. 

They can appear on the neck, in the armpits, around the groin, or under the breasts. They can also appear on the face and, when they do, it’s usually on the lower eyelid. The main reason for wanting these removed is that they can be irritating when they rub on clothing.

Milia are small, raised, off-white or yellowish bumps on your skin. They usually occur on the face, particularly around the eyelids, cheeks, nose, forehead and chest, but they can appear anywhere on the body. These occur when dead skin cells gather and they get caught under new skin, at which point they harden and form a milium. Milia can also appear because of skin damage from a rash, an injury, or from exposure to the sun.

Cherry angiomas are common skin lesions that can develop on most areas of your body. They can also be referred to as senile angiomas or Campbell de Morgan spots. A cherry angioma often appears as a small, bright red sphere or oval ranging in size from a pinpoint to around 5mm in diameter. Some cherry angiomas appear smooth and even with your skin, while others appear slightly raised from the surface. They most often grow on the torso, arms, legs, and shoulders. One of the main reasons for wanting these removed is that bleeding can occur if the angioma is scratched, knocked, or rubbed on clothing.

Thread veins, spider veins, or telangiectasia varicose veins appear as small clusters of blue or red vessels. They have a tendency to appear on your face, legs or ankles. A thread vein is a type of varicose vein, though they differ from the more familiar trunk varicose veins as they don’t bulge underneath the surface of the skin.

Actinic keratoses, or solar keratosis, are dry, scaly patches of skin that have been damaged by the sun, having the appearance of a mottled green scab. If you have them, it’s important to avoid any affected areas being further exposed to the sun to prevent the keratoses from developing further and also causing further damage to your skin. Though these don’t pose any immediate health threat, there’s a minimal chance that they could develop into skin cancer. It’s primarily for this reason that many people wish to have them removed.

A seborrheic keratosis (or flesh mole) is a benign skin growth that is non-cancerous. These tend to develop as part of the ageing process and they are usually dark brown or black in colour. Appearing as raised areas that are scaly or waxy in appearance, these skin lesions can appear as a single growth or multiple growths. On the face, they can appear as very small growths clustered around the eyes, among other places.


Cryotherapy is usually used in cancer treatment, though it is effective when the method is transferred to aesthetics in the treatment of skin lesions. The process uses extreme cold created by nitrous oxide to freeze and destroy the target tissue through the formation of ice crystals. These crystals rupture the lesion membrane, destroying its cells. This aesthetic treatment allows Secret Aesthetics to target imperfections with great accuracy, meaning that there is no damage to the surrounding healthy tissue.  

The procedure is painless, though you might feel a mild sensation similar to a stinging nettle when the nitrous oxide reaches the point at which the imperfection ends and unaffected, healthy skin begins. For some clients, Cryotherapy is totally painless as the extreme freezing temperatures act as an anaesthetic.

Curettage is a type of electrosurgery that is used to treat low-risk skin malignancies and pre-cancerous lesions. This procedure is a simple, quick and cost-effective option that is proven to give excellent cosmetic outcomes while acting to prevent skin lesions developing into cancer.

Electrocauterization (or electrocautery) is often used within surgical processes to stop bleeding. When used in aesthetics, electrocautery effectively removes certain unwanted skin lesions.

In this treatment, a skin punch tool is used to remove deeper layers of skin that is affected, taking away the lesion in its entirety. A punch biopsy is often done when a skin cancer is suspected, or for a rash that seems to be limited to the top layer of skin. The lesion is then taken away for analysis in a Pathology Laboratory. 


To see which treatment or combination of treatments is best for your particular skin lesions, get in touch with us to schedule your consultation. You can call Secret Aesthetics on 0121 616 6023 to speak to a member of the friendly team. If you’d prefer, email them at and they’ll get back to you as soon as possible. Alternatively, it’s quick and easy to book online.

*It is important to have moles checked by a medical dermatologist to ensure that they are not cancerous. Precancerous lesions, such as Actinic Keratosis and certain atypical moles, should be removed as an excision biopsy by a medically trained doctor then analysed in a Pathology Laboratory.

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