Many benign and malignant skin growths may need to be removed. The most common reason for a surgical procedure to be performed is for the removal of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. However, there are many other reasons why a lesion may be removed including the need for diagnosis or lesions that are symptomatic. As well, some patients may choose to have lesions removed for purely cosmetic reasons. When a surgical procedure is necessary, there are several options.
If your lesion is on the surface of your skin, your dermatologist may choose to use a shave excision, removing the skin growth from the surface of the skin with a small blade. They may apply a medicine to stop the bleeding or burn the area with a cautery, all of which will be done under the expert care of a board-certified dermatologist who will ensure your comfort through all steps of the procedure.
For raised skin lesions, a scissor excision may be performed where you skin is gently pulled up and snips are made around and under the lesion with a pair of small, curved scissors.
Lesions that are deeper may require a surgical excision. With this procedure, stitches are typically needed to close the wound.
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