Skin Lesion Removal

Skin lesions are the various bumps, lumps, or skin findings that we tend to find pretty much anywhere on our bodies. Most of these are harmless and will never cause any health problems at all. Unfortunately, some of these skin lesions can be precursors to or already are skin cancers or they can cause pain or embarrassment.

If you have a spot that is bothering you because it has grown, changed shape or color, or become painful, the first thing you must do is have it examined by a board-certified dermatologist. If your dermatologist determines that your lesions should be removed or that your skin lesion is not a serious medical issue but you still want it removed, we can help.

Types of Skin Lesions

There are literally dozens and dozens of different types of skin lesions that can be easily removed in an in-office procedure using a local anesthetic. Oftentimes, this type of procedure does not require any sutures and the patient can return to work or school immediately. Small moles, skin tags, and seborrheic keratoses are the most common types of skin lesions that can be removed easily.

Congenital melanocytic nevi are a type of blue/black birthmark that can rarely occur covering a large area of skin. These giant (20 cm or more) birthmarks can be disfiguring and are associated with a greater chance of developing melanoma. Surgical removal is recommended but can be complex depending upon size and location.

Methods of Skin Lesion Removal

During a consultation with your surgeon regarding a skin lesion that you would like to have removed, the various methods of removal will be discussed. Oftentimes, small lesions can be removed rather expeditiously in a few minutes with minimal discomfort. The most common methods of removing these small skin lesions are:

  • Cryosurgery (which involves local anesthetic and the freezing off of the lesion), usually done by a dermatologist
  • Curettage (which involves local anesthetic and the removing of the lesion using heat)
  • Electrosurgery (which involves local anesthetic and the removal of the lesion using high frequency electrical current)
  • Needle shave
  • Surgical excision

For the removal of large lesions or lesions in critical places such as eyelids, earlobes, or lips, other surgical techniques may be required. Please call and schedule a consultation to allow us to determine the best course of treatment for your skin lesion.