Skin Lesions Removal

In a simple manner, and under local anesthesia, one can have skin lesions easily removed. Almost all kinds of skin lesions can be excised, such as benign lesions (beauty marks, moles, lipomas (fat deposits), xanthelasamas (small fat depositions in the eyelids), and cysts) or other cancerous tumors of the skin (basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, or melanoma). Excision of skin lesions from any part of the body can be performed in the clinic. Based on clinical suspicion, the lesion is sent to histopathological examination in the laboratory.
Skin cancer and its various subtypes are more common amongst those with lighter skin complexion, especially after extended sunshine exposure.

Skin lesion removal is suitable for anyone who is interested in improving their aesthetic appearance, minimizing any discomfort, or alleviating any suspicion regarding the malignancy of a lesion. Lesion removal is simple and effective. The treatment is fast, recovery is almost immediate, side effects are minimal, and the complication rate is nearly non-existent.
Some skin lesions do not even require skin suturing after their removal. However, those that do require approximation are sutured with stitches that are removed after several days.

In some cases, it is recommended that one refrain from taking any blood thinners at least ten days prior to surgery.

Skin Lesion Removal

It is important for the physician to know about certain pre-existing heart conditions (such as presence of a pace-maker), or past herpes virus outbreaks in the area to be operated on. In such cases, it is recommended to take prophylactic oral antiviral medication several days before and after surgery.
During the pre-surgical consultation, skin lesion type and location are examined. During that time, a comprehensive explanation regarding the characteristics of the lesion, as well as the appropriate treatment and long-term follow-up, is discussed.

Skin lesion excision is performed under local anesthesia. The goal of surgery is to have the lesion removed with the smallest remaining scar possible. If possible, the scar is incorporated into the natural lines and folds of the body in order to camouflage the scar.

After lesion removal, it is recommended that any physical exertion be avoided for approximately one week. Furthermore, one should refrain from bathing in a pool or ocean until the sutures are removed. The pathological report from the lab should be made available within 1 month. A written interpretation of the results by a pathologist is sent to the patient along with a recommendation for any pertinent follow-up.
During the first few days after surgery, one may experience local bruising, redness, irritation, and slight swelling. These signs subside within a few days, although there may be some inflammation along the sutures that will heal only after the sutures are removed.
The complete extent of scarring will become apparent only after a considerable amount of time, possibly taking up to a year and a half after surgery.
Complications of this surgery are extremely rare, and may include:

  1. Bleeding
  2. Infection
  3. Herpes virus outbreak
  4. Inflammation
  5. Opening of the suture lines
  6. Hypertrophic or keloid scarring

In most cases, all of these possible side-effects are treated conservatively.

Further information regarding this surgery will be made available by the physician during the pre-surgical consultation.