Skin lesions are lumps or bumps on your skin, such as moles, cysts, warts or skin tags. They can be removed from your skin using chemical and surgical procedures.
At Phoenix Wellness Clinic , we use a class leading CO2 laser to quickly and efficiently remove the most of skin tags with minimal bleeding.
You will meet Dr Kraft carrying out your procedure to discuss your care. It may differ from what is described here as it will be designed to meet your individual needs.
About skin lesion removal
Most skin lesions don’t cause serious problems, but you may want to have them removed for practical or cosmetic reasons. If you wish to have a skin lesion removed for cosmetic reasons, this will not be covered by the Medicare, but you can have the treatment done at the Phoenix Wellness Clinic.
There are different methods to remove skin lesions – the type of procedure you have will depend on the type of skin lesion you have. If you have benign (non-cancerous) warts for example, you can be treated with non-surgical procedures. Larger skin lesions or ones that needs a precise removal may need to be surgically removed. Dr Kraft will advise you on what treatment will work best for you.
Dr Kraft may advise you to have surgery if you have a skin lesion that shows any sign of turning cancerous, for example, a mole that has changed shape or colour. The lesion that is removed will be sent to a pathology for testing to determine the type of cells and if these are benign or cancerous.
Preparing for skin lesion removal
Dr Kraft will explain how to prepare for your procedure.
Skin lesion removal is routinely done here in the Phoenix wellness clinic. This means you have the procedure and go home the same day.
Skin lesion removal is usually done under local anaesthesia. This blocks pain from the area.
Dr Kraft will discuss with you what will happen before, during and after your procedure, and any pain you might have. This is your opportunity to understand what will happen, and you can help yourself by preparing questions to ask about the risks, benefits and any alternatives to the procedure. This will help you to be informed, so you can give your consent for the procedure to go ahead. For procedures that require a local anaesthetic, you will usually be asked to sign a consent form.
What happens during skin lesion removal?
The technique that Dr Kraft will use to remove your skin lesion will depend on factors such as its size and where it is on your body. Your doctor will advise you which method is most appropriate for you. Techniques to remove a skin lesion include the following.
- Some lesions can be shaved down to the level of your surrounding skin. Your doctor will use either a surgical blade or a laser (a high-energy beam of light) to destroy the lesion.
- Your doctor can snip skin tags off with surgical scissors.
- Lesions, such as suspected skin cancer, are cut out entirely and your doctor will close the wound with stitches (these may be dissolvable) or skin glue.
- Some skin lesions can be treated with photodynamic therapy. A chemical will be applied to your lesion and your doctor will then shine a light on it, which will activate the chemical and destroy the lesion.
What to expect afterwards?
After a local anaesthetic it may take several hours before the feeling comes back to the affected area. Take special care not to bump or knock the area.
You will usually be able to go home when you feel ready. If you have had a sedative, you will need to arrange for someone to drive you home. If you have had a larger procedure, such as a skin graft or an operation on your head and neck, try to have a friend or relative stay with you for the first 24 hours after your procedure.
Dr Kraft will give you some advice about caring for your healing wound before you go home. You may be given a date for a follow-up appointment.