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Skin Lesion Removal

Skin lesions can present themselves in many forms and are often benign. However, skin lesions that have been subjected to prolonged sun exposure can become precancerous or even cancerous skin lesions. Skin cancer is one of the most prominent forms of cancer that affects both men and women in the U.S. Early detection and removal of precancerous or cancerous skin lesions can protect not only your complexion but your health as well. At O’Neil Skin & Lipo Center, we offer a variety of treatments to remove skin lesions for clearer, more beautiful and healthy skin.

What Can Lesion Removal Treat?

Lesions
Lesions

are raised, abnormal sections of skin that usually present as skin tags or warts.

Viral Warts
Viral Warts

are small, rough growths that have the appearance of a solid blister. Common occurs on the hands, neck, wrist, and knees.

Skin Tags
Skin Tags

are small, soft skin growths that appear as short, narrow stalks of skin.


- Senile warts are noncancerous growths that appear a waxy brown, black, or tan color.
Precancerous Lesions
Precancerous Lesions

are typically spots on the skin that are abnormal in size, have irregular borders, are discolored, or grow in diameter. They can be raised, scaly, and itchy or bleed.

Moles
Moles

are raised discolored skin that can darken due to exposure to the sun. A non­cancerous mole has smooth borders and doesn’t grow in size.

What Does Each Procedure Entail?

CRYOTHERAPY (FREEZING)

Liquid nitrogen is applied to the skin lesion for a few seconds. The exact length of time will depend on the size of the lesion. The intercellular fluid freezes, causing the cells that make up the lesion to die. Once dead, the lesion falls off of the skin.

Benefits

  • Ideal treatment for precancerous lesions, moles, viral warts, and senile warts
  • Treatments are quick, and the recovery period only lasts a few days
  • Helps preserve the surrounding skin
  • Can help minimize the development of scarring

ELECTRODESICCATION (BURNING)

While the patient is under local anesthesia, the top layer of the lesion is scraped away using a curette. An electrical current is then applied to locally burn away the remaining cells.

Benefits

  • Ideal for the treatment of precancerous lesions, cancerous lesions, moles, or facial redness
  • No sutures are required to close the treatment site
  • Results in minimal scarring or loss of pigment

EXCISION (CUTTING)

While the patient is under local anesthesia, a high frequency electrical cutting tool gently shaves away the growth. An antibiotic ointment is applied to facilitate the healing process.

Benefits

  • Ideal treatment for benign lesions, precancerous lesions, and moles
  • Treatment lasts between 20 and 45 minutes
  • Helps ensure that all affected cells are removed and do not spread to surrounding areas

Concerns

Recovery

For one to two days following your procedure, the treatment area(s) may appear red and swollen. A topical ointment will be used to alleviate any discomfort caused by your procedure. Most patients resume their daily routine within one to two days.

Pain

A local anesthetic is used to prevent any pain or discomfort during your procedure. You might experience mild discomfort following your procedure, which can be treated using a topical ointment.

Scarring

The goal of each procedure is to minimize any possible scarring. However, depending on the location of the lesion and the depth of removal, some slight scarring may develop. In some cases, hypo-pigmentation of the skin may occur. Both scars and hypo-pigmentation are likely to fade over time.

Cost

Removal techniques, especially excision, are relatively inexpensive procedures. However, the technique used, number of correction sites, and depth of removal can all affect the ultimate cost of your procedure. During your consultation, Dr. O’Neil will provide a more accurate estimate of the cost of your procedure.

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