At Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Show Low, AZ, patients in and around the community may be interested in learning about the removal of benign skin lesions. Whether you have a skin tag or a mole, our professionals will evaluate your skin and make a recommendation regarding the best treatment. If the lesion is noncancerous, many patients might consider having it removed for cosmetic reasons, or due to rubbing and irritation depending on its placement on the body. Our team can evaluate you to determine if lesion excision is best.
What to expect from benign skin lesion excision with a medical professional
When you have a skin lesion that your doctor has deemed benign, meaning it’s not cancerous, you may consider having it removed for cosmetic reasons. A medical specialist or provider is trained in performing this type of procedure, which is also called excision.
Prior to your surgery, our provider will give you specific instructions on how to prepare. This may include discontinuing certain medications or vitamins, such as aspirin or vitamin E supplements, which can increase bleeding. You’ll also be asked to shave the area around the lesion.
During the procedure, the area around the lesion will be numbed with local anesthesia. Your provider will make an incision around the lesion and remove it along with a margin of healthy tissue. The incision is closed with stitches, and a bandage will be applied.
You can expect some swelling and bruising after the procedure, which should resolve within a week or two. The stitches are removed within seven to 10 days by our team at a follow-up appointment scheduled in advance. Patients are strongly encouraged to follow the post-operative care instructions from their medical professional to ensure proper healing and to avoid the risks and complications that can arise, such as infection.
Schedule a consultation visit and initial evaluation with our experienced providers
If you have a benign lesion on the skin that you would like removed for cosmetic reasons, excision with a provider at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery may be an option for you. Call our Show Low, AZ area office at 928-537-6767 today to request a consultation visit with our team.