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172 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, United Kingdom, S11 8UR - 1.65 miles
Sk:n Clinics - Sheffield Psalter Lane - 1.65 miles
172 Psalter Lane, Sheffield, United Kingdom, S11 8UR
17 years of experience
Expert in: Mole Removal, Acne, Acne and Scarring Treatments, Contact Dermatitis + 12 more

Dr Vinod Elangasinghe is a Consultant Dermatologist who specialises in adult and paediatric dermatology at Salford Royal Hospital NHS Foundation Trust- Manchester (rated best NHS trust in UK ’17 and ’18). Following the completion of MBBS in 2001 Dr Elangasinghe has worked in various parts of the UK (Ayrshire- Mid Wales- Yorkshire- Norfolk and Leicestershire) as part of his medical and specialist training.

He completed UK medical physician training by obtaining the Membership of the Royal College of Physicians in 2007 (MRCP). During these 6 years, he gained a vast amount of general medical experience (including intensive care- cardiology) which is a bit more than routine training and he is renowned for this expertise in medical dermatology as most skin conditions/ rashes have connections to internal medical problems. Having obtained Joint Royal College Training accreditation in 2010 (MRCP Derm UK) Dr Elangasinghe was appointed as a full-time NHS consultant in Dermatology in 2011 as soon as his training was finished. Dr Elangasinghe was appointed a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians (FRCP) in 2014.

Dr Elangasinghe has authored many publications in Dermatology and presented at national and international conferences. Positions held in the past consultant Dermatologist- Chesterfield Royal Hospital NHS FT (2011-2016)Skin Cancer MDT Lead- North Derbyshire- Chesterfield (2014-2016)Vice-chair- Skin Cancer NSSG- South Yorkshire and Humber (2014-2016)Honorary Senior Clinical Lecturer- University of Sheffield (2012-2016)Dr Elangasinghe maintains the most up to date knowledge and experience in treating skin diseases ranging from skin cancer to rashes (inflammatory skin disease). He also has a special interest in science and the biology behind hair disorders. He is a clinician who uses a mixture of most advanced- novel treatments along with older well-trusted ones in providing patients with a range of treatment options.

Diseases, Medical Tests and Treatments

  • Skin surgery
  • Laser skin surgery
  • Acne/ spots/ pimples
  • Eczema
  • Psoriasis
  • Skin tags
  • Infections of skin
  • Cysts, lipomas
  • Birth marks, blemishes
  • Age and liver spots
  • Pigmentation problems
  • Hyperhydrosis (excessive sweating)
  • Scarring (mild or severe) from acne scars, post traumatic scars, unsightly surgical scars and keloids
  • Hair problems (thinning, losing hair or other problems) and alopecia
  • Allergic skin problems (allergy/ patch testing offered for patients 3 years and over)
  • Childrens’ skin problems (Paediatric Dermatology)- eczema being the commonest
  • Red face/ Rosacea and thread veins (you may or may not have other symptoms)
  • Rashes that you are struggling to get a diagnosis 
  • Chronic non healing leg ulcers
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What is Mole Removal?

Moles (also known as melanocytic naevi) are brown or black growths on the skin made up of cells called melanocytes and can appear anywhere on the skin. Moles can raise or change colour as the years pass, and hairs may develop. Moles also respond to hormonal changes, for example, they can get slightly darker in pregnant women, increase in number in teenagers, or slowly disappear in the elderly. Common types of moles include junctional melanocytic naevi (brown, round and flat), dermal melanocytic naevi (raised, pale and hairy) and compound melanocytic naevi (raised above the skin, light brown and hairy). Uncommon types include halo naevi (surrounded by white ring) and blue naevi (dark blue moles). Most people want to remove the moles due to concerns about the possibility of skin cancer, or due to cosmetic reasons. It should be noted that most moles are completely harmless.

How is a Mole Removal performed?

Mole removal can be with or without stitches. Moles that are dark and flat may need to be removed with stitches. The surgeon first sterilizes and numbs that area, then cut the mole using a scalpel. Stitches will then be put inside the wound or on the skin surface, depending on the depth of the mole. For removal without stitches, the surgeon shaves the mole carefully so that it is either levelled or slightly below the skin. After that, an electrical tool is used to burn the area (cauterize) to stop any bleeding. The process is complete after covering of the wound with a sterile dressing.

How to prepare for a Mole Removal?

Scarring is a common issue after a mole removal so if you are thinking of removing a mole for cosmetic reasons, discuss with your surgeon to understand the location and size of the scar before making a decision.

What happens after a Mole Removal?

After the procedure, your doctor will prescribe you antibiotic ointment and give you a bandage on the wound. In fairly simple cases, follow-ups are not required. However, if you spot anything unusual, you should contact your doctor immediately and seek medical help.

For mole removal with stitches, follow-up depends on the type of future used. Sutures on the face are normally removed within four to seven days while stitches elsewhere may be removed after one to two weeks.

You should also be careful not to get the area dirty as it can promote infection. Mole removal can also be followed with slight discomfort which will be relieved by pain killers.