About Lesion Removal
There are quite a few different types of lesions, including skin cancers, sun damaged skin, skin tags, keratosis, moles ( nevi), and warts. Skin lesions can either be raised and create a bump or can lie beneath the skin's surface and cause a dark spot. While skin lesions are usually not a cause for concern, they should be evaluated due to the possiblitity of skin cancer. At RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Michele Sasmor performs lesion removal. A variety of techniques can be used for lesion removal, including liquid nitrogen, excision, and shaving. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will examine the lesion to figure out which technique will most benefit you.
Lesion removal is a simple procedure, ideal for men and women who have a wart, skin tag, keratosis, skin cancer, or a mole. Removal can be performed for cosmetic and medical reasons. The best candidates typically meet the following criteria:
- Feel their lesion could be cancerous
- Desire the removal of one or more skin lesions
- Feel self-conscious about their skin
- Are dealing with chronic skin irritation
- Have a skin lesion in a prominent area on the body, such as the cheeks, hands, nose, or chin
Lesion removal is performed onsite using a local anesthetic in our minor procedure room. The method used will be dependent on the location, depth, and size of the lesion. Some lesions can be easily removed with a simple shaving technique or liquid nitrogen treatment, but others may require excision. The method that is most ideal for your skin condition will be decided during your initial consult. Regardless of the approach, Dr. Sasmor will do her best to minimize the presence of scars.
What to Expect
After your lesion removal procedure, the treatment area may feel sensitive and uncomfortable. These symptoms usually begin to fade within a few days. Over-the-counter pain medication may be used to reduce discomfort along with ice on the area of excision. If your removal required stitches, follow all post-treatment instructions provided by Dr. Sasmor. Usually, the skin will heal within 1-2 weeks with proper aftercare and application of topical medication.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does lesion removal cost?
Lesion removal pricing is based on the size, type, and location of the lesion being removed. If it is being removed for cosmetic reasons, insurance will not generally cover the cost. However, if a mole or lesion needs to be removed for medical reasons or may be cancerous, insurance may cover the cost. Please tell Dr. Sasmor during your consultation if you would like to apply for insurance reimbursement. She or a member of her team can help you get the right paperwork.
What are the most common lesions removed?
There are many different types of lesions that can appear on the face and body. Those that have a danger of becoming melanoma should be removed for medical reasons. This includes lesions that are irregular in shape, bleeding, crusty, or discolored. Basal cell and Squamous cell skin cancers should also be removed as they can grow and be very destructive to the skin. Other moles, such as large or bumpy lesions, are usually not harmful, but they can be unattractive if in a highly visible place, like your face or chest. If a lesion is irritating (frequently snagged on clothing), makes you feel self-conscious, or causes other negative feelings, schedule a consultation with Dr. Sasmor to learn more about lesion removal.
Is scarring a concern?
If one or more small incisions are needed to remove a lesion, such as with excision, there will be a scar. For this reason, patients worried about the scarring should seek out a skilled plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sasmor. She understands not only how to safely remove the mole or lesion but how to incorporate techniques to minimize visible scarring for the best result.
Do I need a doctor?
Mole and lesion removal for aesthetic reasons is a procedure to remove an unsightly and bothersome mark. A mole or lesion that is too dark, large, bumpy, or highly visible may be considered for removal. For the best results it is often better to schedule a consultation with a plastic surgeon, like Dr. Sasmor.
Will a lesion grow back after it's removed?
The majority of lesions that are surgically removed do not come back. Those that are removed using a shaving method do have a small chance of returning, but these cases are rare. Mole and lesion removal typically offers positive, lasting outcomes.
Remove Skin Lesions
Lesions can cause anxiety and irritation. Skin cancers can grow and be destructive to your skin. RiverSong Plastic Surgery in Newburyport, MA can help remove lesions and restore your appearance with a fast and simple skin lesion removal process. Call our office at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment with Dr. Sasmor for additional info about lesion removal. During your consultation, Dr. Sasmor will discuss all your options and determine if you are an ideal candidate for this process.