Skin Lesion Removal Surgery
The skin is the largest organ in the body, and is exposed to all manner of pathogens, irritants and solar energy. There is a high risk that at some point in time, one will get a skin lesion such as a wart, mole or cancerous growth. Some might be benign, while others can cause significant distress as well as morbidity and mortality. Skin lesion removal uses a variety of methods, most of them surgical, to get rid of these lesions.
Benefits of Skin Lesion Removal
Some of the benefits of skin lesion removal include:
- Improves the appearance of the skin
- Improves quality of life
- Improves self confidence
- Can relieve pain and discomfort
- May reduce spread of cancerous growth
About The Procedure
The first step in skin lesion removal involves investigating it to determine its etiology and nature. Factors such as the types of cells in the lesion as well as how deep it is are assessed using various methods. In many cases, the removal itself can be used as a diagnostic process; the tissue removed can be subjected to histological tests to determine its nature.
Surgical incision is one of the common methods of lesion removal. The goal of surgical removal is to remove all the abnormal tissue, as well as to reduce the risk of scar formation after the surgery.
Another common method used in skin lesion removal is known as shave incision. This is done under local anesthesia, and involves shaving the lesion in a horizontal manner using a scalpel. Electrosurgical feathering is then used to smooth the edges of the wound and to remove any remaining pathological cells.
Benign lesions can be removed using cryotherapy. In this procedure, the lesion is subjected to very low temperatures, such as by exposing it to liquid nitrogen. This makes it cold to the point of becoming solid, after which it can simply be broken off. This is a relatively painless process and can be done in an outpatient setting.
Cancerous lesions have to be removed with greater care. It is essential to ensure that all the cancerous cells are removed, so that none are left behind to proliferate. Depending on the nature of the growth, the client may be exposed to other tests such as a CT scan or MRI to determine the possible spread of cancerous cells to other parts of the body. This is particularly if alarming symptoms such as rapid weight loss accompany the growth of the lesion.
Skin Lesion Removal | FAQ
What is the expected healing time after skin lesion removal?
This varies depending on your general health as well as the type of removal done. However, the site should be painless after about a week.
Will stitching be necessary?
This depends on the depth of the wound left from the resected wound. Non absorbable sutures are removed after seven days. Absorbable ones should disappear in around two weeks.
Should I be concerned with scar formation?
Some lesions might leave prominent scars owing to their nature. Your surgeon will inform you of the risk of getting a prominent scar after the surgery, and will also give you steps to reduce the risk of having a large scar. You can also opt to get scar removal procedures after the wound has healed.
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