Skin Lesions

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.

We aim to make scarring as minimal as possible. Using a CO2 laser allows us to make the scar as small as possible with minimal bleeding,  because it is very precise.

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 a private 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 as an outpatient procedure. 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 and you will stay awake during the procedure.

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?

Dr Kraft will have given you instructions to use Vaseline cream to help moisturising the treated area.

A scab will form on the wound and gradually heal over the next 1-6 weeks depending on where on the body the lesion is.

The review appointment timing will be arranged with the doctor.