What is Lesion Removal?
Skin lesion removal describes a variety of procedures that can be used to remove skin lesions such as moles, warts, skin tags, and cancerous growths. Procedures for skin lesion removal can include simple treatments such as biopsies to more advanced surgical excisions. In a biopsy procedure, Dr. Bunin takes a sample of the lesion in order to determine if the growth is a type of skin cancer or a benign growth. For an excision, Dr. Bunin uses a scalpel or other tool to remove the growth. Some skin lesions can even be removed using a medical laser.
Dr. Bunin performs skin lesion removals at her office in Allentown, PA on an outpatient basis with local anesthetic. The area is first cleaned and the surrounding skin is numbed by the anesthesia. Most lesion removal procedures are performed quickly and may take 5 to 20 minutes. There is no pain during the procedure but patients may experience some discomfort at the site area after the anesthesia wears off.
Reasons for Lesion Removal Procedure
- Lesion is precancerous or cancerous
- Lesion has created a chronic skin irritation
- Cosmetic preference
Dr. Bunin will give each individual patient specific post-procedure instructions such as how soon you may shower, bathe or soak in water. In general, it is important to keep the area clean and dry and covered with a sterile bandage for 1 to 2 days.
If stitches were used to close the lesion removal site, they will be left in the skin for 3-14 days, depending on where they are located. Just be sure to follow Dr. Bunin’s instructions. After arriving home, contact Dr. Bunin’s office in Allentown, PA if any of the following occurs:
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Redness, swelling, increasing pain, excessive bleeding, or discharge from the incision site
- Pain that you cannot control with the medicines you have been prescribed.