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Benign Skin Lesion Removal

Read on for information regarding benign skin lesion removal, However for further details, you should talk to a relevant consultant.

What are Skin lesions?

Benign skin lesions are harmless bumps or lumps of varying sizes that can appear on or beneath the skin. Moles, epidermoid cysts, skin tags and lipomata are just a few of the more common types of skin lesions. Benign skin lesions do not cause harm but many people opt for removal due to cosmetic reasons or if they are causing any discomfort.

How are skin lesions removed?

The procedure can vary, according to the type and size of skin lesion involved. Generally, the most reliable way of removing a skin lesion is through surgery. Skin lesion removal tends to take place under local anaesthesia, meaning the site of the lesion will be numb from pain, but you will remain awake throughout the procedure. The procedures are relatively straightforward but require different techniques. A skin tag will involve local anaesthetic and may well be snipped off with a pair of surgical scissors. An epidermoid cyst will involve an elliptical incision, positioned in the skin over the lesion, allowing the surgeon to cut it out (see figure 1). A mole will involve an incision that works its way around the outside of the lesion, whilst a lipoma needs a straight cut so that the surgeon can release it from the surrounding tissue and remove it.

Figure 1
Removing an epidermoid cyst

Are there any potential complications with this surgery?

Most surgical procedures carry some level of risk or possible complication. These will be discussed with you by your consultant or pre-assessment nurse prior to your procedure.

The healing process

The recovery time factored in for skin lesion removal is very short. You should be able to go home when you feel up to it after the procedure and can return to work and your normal daily activities the very next day. Of course, should you have stitches, ensure you look after them as per your doctor’s instructions and steer clear of any physical activity that could damage the stitches or aggravate the operation site whilst it is healing.

References: EIDO Healthcare Limited – The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.

The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.

 

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