Skin Lesion Removal in Middletown, NJ
Skin lesions are often removed from people who are concerned that they may be cancerous or are self-conscious with their appearance. Dr. John Taylor is a board-certified plastic surgeon who removes skin lesions from patients in Red Bank, NJ.
What Is Skin Lesion Removal?
Simply stated, a skin lesion is a growth on the body such as skin tags, hives and other allergic reactions, scales, pustules, and scars. Some skin lesions may be malignant while others benign and still others may become malignant.
No matter the lesion, it is important to find out what the lesion is and why it is there. For those that appear to be moles or similar lesions, most often, patients choose skin lesion removal to determine whether cancer is present or may become present. Sometimes patients choose to have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
Benefits of Skin Lesion Removal
No matter the condition of the skin lesion, patients choose to have them removed for the following reasons:
- Remove cancerous or precancerous skin cells
- Feel less self-conscious about the lesions
- Restore a more normal appearance
- Increase self-confidence
How Is Skin Lesion Removal Performed?
Several methods are used for skin lesion removal. Depending on the reason for the removal and the location of the skin lesion, they may be removed by simply removing the lesion by means of curettage or laser surgery or, for more potentially serious issues, they may be removed by surgically excising them from the affected area or even through procedures such as Mohs surgery (if there is concern for skin cancer).
No matter the procedure, most often, local anesthetics are used to numb the area surrounding the lesion. Once the procedure has been performed, the area of the removal is stitched up and bandaged to keep the area clean. Unless the procedure is more serious such as those to remove skin cancers, most skin lesion removal procedures are completed within 20 minutes.
Preparing for Skin Lesion Removal
The preparation involved in skin lesion removal is very straightforward. Most patients receive detailed instructions from the doctor as well as recommendations for the following:
- Stop smoking
- Avoid any medications, supplements, and vitamins that may thin the blood
Recovery from Skin Lesion Removal
Initially following the procedure, the anesthesia may take several hours to completely wear off. During this time, it is critical to avoid bumping or knocking into anything as the area is still numb and may not feel any damage to the site. Once the numbness begins to wear off, there will be some discomfort which is usually remedied with over-the-counter pain relievers. In the days following the procedure, care should be taken to keep the area clean and dry as well as avoid any strenuous activities that may affect the incision site. If non-dissolvable stitches are used, a follow-up appointment is made to remove them usually after at least seven days depending on the site of the skin lesion removal.
How Much Does Skin Lesion Removal Cost?
The cost of skin lesion removal varies based on several factors such as the location, size, depth, and manner of the removal. During the consultation, Dr. Taylor will examine the skin lesion to determine the best course of action for removing it. Once that determination is made, another appointment is made to remove the lesion. Additionally, we will go over our payment methods as well as look into whether your health insurance provides coverage as skin lesion removal is often considered medically necessary.
Is Skin Lesion Removal Right for Me?
If you have a skin lesion that has given you cause for concern or if you have one that simply makes you self-conscious about your appearance, you may want to investigate skin lesion removal with Dr. Taylor.
Why Choose Dr. Taylor for Skin Lesion Removal?
Dr. Taylor is a board-certified plastic surgeon who is very detailed in the process of identifying and removing skin lesions with little or no scarring. Furthermore, he cares about his patients and has a sincere desire to make them feel comfortable in their surroundings and confident in his abilities to perform surgical and non-surgical procedures. His staff works hard to help patients feel relaxed and provide outstanding service during their treatments or procedures at Allure Plastic Surgery Center.
What to Expect During Your Skin Lesion Removal Consultation
During your consultation for skin lesion removal, Dr. Taylor will take time to evaluate the area in question to determine the possibility of skin cancer being present. From there, he will talk with you about the best courses of action to remove the lesion and then go over the procedure. Additionally, he will answer any questions you have to make sure you are at ease with what he suggests.
At Allure Plastic Surgery Center, Dr. John Taylor offers plastic and reconstructive surgery procedures as well as non-invasive advanced skin care treatments to patients in Red Bank, NJ, and the surrounding areas. Contact us to set up your consultation today.