Skin lesions can be problematic for a number of reasons including discomfort an irritation, anxiety, as well as cosmetic concerns. Fortunately most small skin lesions can be excised with relative ease, and usually with minimal cosmetic impact. Lesions are typically sent for histological analysis under a microscope, and reassurance or further treatment can be advocated as necessary.
A skin lesion which is symptomatic, or causing concern or anxiety may be considered for surgical excision. It is important that an assessment of the lesion is conducted prior to excision to determine the most likely nature of the lesion, and which options are available for surgical excision.
Prior to excision of the lesion, the area will be marked and the lines of excision outlined. This will usually involve a small area of normal skin either side of the lesion, and an area towards either side making the lesion into an ‘ellipsoid’ shape. This way when the area is closed afterwards, it will give a better cosmetic result.
Local anaesthetic is used to numb the area, and the lesion is then excised. The skin is closed with stitches, and a dressing applied.
The skin lesion will be sent off for analysis, and the results are usually returned within a week or two.
The procedure is performed under local anaesthetic, and you will be able to go home the same day. Once the local anaesthetic wears off the area may be a little painful, but this is usually early managed with simple pain killers.
The results of excised lesion will typically take around 1-2 weeks to process, at which point we will contact you to let you know the results.
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