Most skin lesions such as moles, skin tags and cysts are non-cancerous. These lesions are situated at different level of the skin and take on different appearances. Nevi or moles are lesion on the superficial level of skin. They can be either be at birth ‘congenital” or appear later on in life. They can be raised, flat, pigmented or skin colour. Most of these lesions are benign but changes in them should always be checked.
One may be concerned with changes such as colour or size or simply dislike the appearance or position on the body. The lesion can be removed under local anaesthetic and if there is any concern, the specimen can be sent to a laboratory for examination under a microscope.
Deeper lesions like a sebaceous cyst and lipoma are common which present as a small lump with normal skin on top. Treatment is surgical.
Even though most of the above procedures will be covered by health insurance, some policy will classify the removal of lesions as cosmetic surgery. It is worthwhile to check with your provider prior to consultation and treatment. Consultation and treatment can take place on the same day under local anaesthetic with authorization from the provider. Mr Mark Ho-Asjoe practices within the limits of the major insurance companies.
Post operative pain is usually minimal. Sutures are usually removed in 4 to 6 days from the face and 7 to 10 days from other parts of the body. Scars may be red and lumpy initially, but eventually soften and fade with time.
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