Skin Lesion Removal
How will my lesion be removed?
A local anaesthetic will be injected around the lesion to make removal pain free. Skin lesions can be removed in a variety of ways, depending on the nature of the lesion itself. The best method will be discussed with you at your consultation.
A shave excision or curettage removes superficial lesions by shaving them off the underlying normal skin. This will leave a wound, similar to a graze, that will continue to heal with dressings alone. This method is least likely to leave permanent visible scarring. If the lesion is not amenable to this, then it will need to be excised (cut out) and you will be left with a scar.
The risk of an infection after your surgery is very low. If the wound were to become infected you may notice increasing pain, spreading redness or a thick, yellow smelly discharge. This can often just mean a course of tablet antibiotics are needed rather than any more surgery and if treated early should not effect your final cosmetic result.
the risk of bleeding is also very low, but is slightly higher in areas of the body with a strong blood supply such as the face and scalp. To prevent any complications, at the time of your surgery areas that may bleed are cauterised to reduce the risk of further bleeding. You may just notice a bit of blood staining of your dressings, this is common and should not worry you.
If there is more bleeding than this, we recommend applying pressure to the area for 15 minutes with a dry, clean towel, this will stop almost all bleeding. In the extremely rare event this is unsuccessful (usually only in those with a bleeding disorder), then we recommend review in Accident and Emergency and to contact us for review following this.