Skin lesions are an area of skin that are irregular to the surrounding skin. A lesion can appear as a sore, lump, or abnormal patch of skin, and are a potential symptom of skin cancer. To treat various forms of skin cancer and make patients more comfortable with their skin, specialists at Ogden Clinic in Utah use a variety of lesion removal procedures to excise the lump or patch of skin, and biopsy it, if necessary.
During a lesion removal, your doctor will apply a numbing medication to reduce pain and discomfort during the procedure. Your doctor will decide which procedure is best for you depending on the size, location, and type of lesion you have. Some of the lesion removal procedures available at Ogden Clinic include:
This technique is used for lesions that rise just above the skin. During this procedure the doctor will use a small blade to remove all or part of the lesion. To ensure proper healing, the doctor may use cauterization or medicine to stop the bleeding; stitches are rarely necessary.
This procedure is also used for lesions that rise above the skin. During this type of excision, the doctor will grab the lesion with forceps and pull the skin up. He/she will then use curved scissors to cut under the lesion to remove it. Again, cautery or medicine will be used to control bleeding, but stitches are rarely needed.
If the lesion is located deeper in the skin, typically near the fatty layer under the skin, the doctor will need to remove the lesion as well as some surrounding tissue. This will allow for clear margins, should the lesion be cancerous. This procedure will require stitches and possibly a skin graft, depending on how much surrounding tissue is removed.
For some lesions, your doctor may use laser excision. This process uses focused light beams to heat up lesions and cause them to burst. This treatment is used to remove benign lesions, warts, moles, sunspots, hair, small blood vessels, and tattoos.
If you have recently been diagnosed with skin cancer or would like to have a skin lesion excised, come to Ogden Clinic in Utah for lesion removal procedures. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.