If you have a spot that is bothering you because it has grown, changed shape or color, or become painful, the first thing you must do is have it examined by a board-certified dermatologist. If your dermatologist determines that your lesions should be removed or that your skin lesion is not a serious medical issue but you still want it removed, we can help.
Types of Skin Lesions
There are literally dozens and dozens of different types of skin lesions that can be easily removed in an in-office procedure using a local anesthetic. Oftentimes, this type of procedure does not require any sutures and the patient can return to work or school immediately. Small moles, skin tags, and seborrheic keratoses are the most common types of skin lesions that can be removed easily.
Congenital melanocytic nevi are a type of blue/black birthmark that can rarely occur covering a large area of skin. These giant (20 cm or more) birthmarks can be disfiguring and are associated with a greater chance of developing melanoma. Surgical removal is recommended but can be complex depending upon size and location.
Methods of Skin Lesion Removal
During a consultation with your surgeon regarding a skin lesion that you would like to have removed, the various methods of removal will be discussed. Oftentimes, small lesions can be removed rather expeditiously in a few minutes with minimal discomfort. The most common methods of removing these small skin lesions are:
- Cryosurgery (which involves local anesthetic and the freezing off of the lesion), usually done by a dermatologist
- Curettage (which involves local anesthetic and the removing of the lesion using heat)
- Electrosurgery (which involves local anesthetic and the removal of the lesion using high frequency electrical current)
- Needle shave
- Surgical excision