An area of skin that differs from the surrounding skin cells is defined as a skin lesion. This area may occur in the form of a sore, a lump, skin cancer or excess skin such as a skin tag. Dr. Hope Sherie and her skilled team at The Cosmetic Concierge can remove these unwanted blemishes to give you a healthier, more pleasing appearance.
What to Expect
During your consultation, the nature of the lesion, its size and location will be assessed to determine the best way to proceed. To ensure your total comfort, a local anaesthetic is applied to the area prior to removal. Once the problem skin has been excised it will be sent to the lab for testing and examination if circumstances warrant.
Different Kinds of Skin Lesion Removal
Simple Scissor Excision: Skin lesions that are raised above the surrounding skin level may be removed with this technique. The lesion will be gently lifted with small forceps and curved, small surgical scissors will remove the lesion. An instrument known as a curette may be used to gently clean or scrape the remaining parts of the lesion.
Shave Excision: This may be the preferred method for removing some skin lesions that are raised. A small blade is used to gently remove the top layers of skin after the area is has been numbed. Clients do not require any stitches. The site may be cauterized afterward or a topical medicine applied to stop any bleeding.
Laser Excision: A laser is focused on the problem area of skin to heat the cells until they break down. This method can successfully remove warts, pre-malignant or benign skin lesions, sunspots, tattoos, moles, tiny blood vessels within the skin, and unwanted hair.
Cryotherapy: This method refers to “super-freezing” tissue to destroy it. For cryotherapy treatment, a cotton swab is dipped into liquid nitrogen and applied to the affected area. The treated area typically forms a blister after treatment and the destroyed lesion will peel away and fall off. A topical numbing cream is applied beforehand to prevent any discomfort during the procedure.
Curettage and Electrodessication: In this method, scooping out or scraping a skin lesion is used for removal. Electrodessication is the technique of applying a high frequency electrical current before or after. This procedure may be recommended for superficial skin lesions that do not need a full thickness excision.
Full Thickness Skin Excision: When a skin lesion within the fatty layer beneath the skin needs to be removed, this technique may be utilized. It is often used when there is a skin cancer concern. A tiny amount of skin surrounding the lesion may also be extracted to determine if any cancer (or precancer) cells are present. An elliptical shape of skin is generally removed to ensure easy closure with stitches and less scarring. The complete lesion is removed. To ensure clear margins, in some cases a small area around the lesion may be removed as well.
Book Your Consultation Today
Schedule a visit with Dr. Sherie to discuss all of your skin concerns. As a Board Certified Cosmetic Surgeon with decades of experience, she has the skills and training to make you look and feel better. Call 980-938-0459 to set your appointment, or use the Contact form on our website. We look forward to hearing from you.