Surgical and Non-Surgical Removal of Skin Lesions
Skin lesions on your skin are often referred to as “Lumps and Bumps“, and cover a wide range of conditions such as moles, cysts, warts or skin tags. They can be removed from your skin using various methods which fall into three broad categories, non-surgical (laser), chemical and surgical procedures.
Most skin lesions don’t cause serious problems, and many patients wish to have them removed for practical or cosmetic reasons. If you wish to have a skin lesion removed for cosmetic reasons your consultant may wish to have tests done on the removed tissue if he has a concern about it, but this will be discussed with you at the time
As mentioned above there are several different methods to remove skin lesions – the type of procedure you have will depend on the type of skin lesion you have. If you have benign (non-cancerous) warts for example, you can be treated with non-surgical procedures such as Cryo therapy (freezing using liquid nitrogen), lasers, or a course of treatment using drugs / ointments. Some larger skin lesions or ones that needs a precise removal may need to be surgically removed. Your consultant will advise you on what treatment will work best for you.
Your doctor may advise you to have surgery if you have a skin lesion that look suspicious for example, a mole that has changed shape or colour. The lesion that is removed will be sent to a laboratory for testing to determine the type of cells and if these are benign or cancerous.