Skin Lesions Excision

Skin Lesions Excision

Excision of skin lesions involves removal of the lesion and may also involve removal of some tissue in an area around the lesion, depending on the type, size and position of the lesion. These procedures can generally be done at our Kensington Park Medical Practice Day Surgery. Any out of pocket expenses for this procedure will be discussed with you at your initial consultation at our clinic.

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What is the purpose of removing a skin lesion?

Removing a skin lesion serves multiple purposes. Firstly, it addresses concerns about the possibility of harbouring a malignant lesion, which, if left untreated, could progress to an advanced stage. Confirmation by a pathologist is necessary to rule out malignancy. Depending on the type of skin malignancy, further excision may be required to completely remove the cancer. Further, removal may be desired for cosmetic reasons or if the lesion is frequently traumatized due to its location, such as near the bra strap or bikini line.

What does the procedure involve?

The method of removal depends on the level of suspicion, size and location. A benign looking lesion will mandate a much simpler approach than a sinister looking lesion. Depending on its location, a large lesion may require a more sophisticated method where either a skin graft or flap is needed. Clearly, a technically advanced approach will incur a higher risk of complications such as graft failure, flap necrosis etc.

What are the potential complications from this procedure?

The potential complications of any excisions are infection, bleeding, nerve damage and re-excision if the lesion warrants it. In the event where the lesion is malignant, the pathologist will inform us if the margins are sufficiently clear. Should this be inadequate, further excision is then needed to ensure complete excision of the cancer.