Skin lesion removal

What is a skin lesion?

A skin lesion is a part of the skin which differs from the surrounding skin and may be raised. Lesions can include moles, cysts, seborrhoeic keratosis and dermatofibromas. Before excision, it is necessary to decide whether the skin lesion is likely to be harmful and whether its removal is advisable or likely to be beneficial.

What does this involve?

Your consultant will examine the problem area and determine if a removal is appropriate. The removal procedure can usually be carried out under local anaesthetic, meaning you will be awake but will not feel anything. The area treated will be numbed through an injection, and the lesion will be removed. It will usually then be closed up with stitches.

When will I recover?

As the procedure is carried out as a day case, you will be free to leave hospital once the operation is complete and you feel ready to do so. Once the anaesthetic has worn off there may be slight discomfort for a few days. You may need to restrict your physical activities to allow the skin to heal. This will be discussed with you at your initial consultation and again on the day of surgery.