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Skin Lesion Removal

Posted May 12, 2016 in Skin Lesion Removal, Skin Treatments

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Skin growths, such as lesions, warts, skin tags, and moles, can be unflattering and sometimes embarrassing. Not to mention, some of these skin lesions can pose a risk to your health. Skin cancer is one of the most prominent forms of cancer; therefore, whether cancerous or not, some people may want to remove skin lesions to prevent future skin problems. If a person desires to remove growths either for health or cosmetic reasons, Dr. O’Neil can eliminate skin lesions by employing the latest techniques.

At O’Neil Skin & Lipo Center, we can perform different skin lesion removal methods to help a patient achieve clear, healthy skin. To determine which procedure to perform for skin lesion removal, the first step is recognizing the type of skin growth.

Types of Skin Growth

  • Viral warts: Small, rough growths that look like a solid blister

  • Senile warts: Small and waxy brown, black, or tan growths

  • Skin tags: Small, soft growths that are short stalks of skin

  • Moles: Raised, discolored skin that can darken when exposed to the sun

  • Cancer: Can look like any of the above

Dr. O’Neil will evaluate your skin and help you decide on the best skin lesion removal method to meet your individual goals.

Skin Lesion Removal Methods

  • Cryotherapy (freezing): Liquid nitrogen is used to freeze the lesion, which causes the cells to die. Once dead, the growth falls off on its own.

    • Used for: Moles, viral warts, and senile warts

    • Benefit: Quick treatment and recovery

  • Electrodesiccation (burning): The top layer is scraped away using a scalpel, and then an electrical current is applied to burn the remaining cells.

    • Used for: Precancerous lesions, cancerous lesions, moles, and facial redness

    • Benefit: Results in minimal scarring

  • Excision (cutting): An electrical cutting tool is used to gently shave away the growth.

    • Used for: Benign lesions, precancerous lesions, and moles

    • Benefit: All affected areas are removed and cannot spread to other areas

After the skin lesion removal procedure, the skin may appear red and swollen. A topical ointment will be applied to help with any pain or discomfort. Overall, patients can expect to achieve a reduction in the appearance of the skin lesion as well as a smoother, more refreshed complexion.

If you would like to get rid of a skin lesion, Dr. O’Neil can help you decide on the best treatment for you. To schedule your consultation, you can contact our office by calling (888) 820-5762 or by filling out our online contact form.