A skin lesion is a change in your skin and is an extremely common skin abnormality. Skin lesions can occur on any part of your body and cover a tiny or large area. Skin lesions include acne, discolourations, bumps, moles, warts and skin tags. They can be completely harmless and therefore be a cosmetic removal or be as serious as skin cancer, so it's best that you contact your GP if you notice any worrying changes.
Skin Lesions: What's the treatment like?
Depending on what type of skin lesion you have depends on whether you'll be treated with a non-surgical treatment of a surgical procedure.
Wart Removal: Can be frozen off with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) to kill the affected cells.
Skin Tags: Can simply be snipped off with surgical scissors, treated with cryotherapy or cut off with a dermablade.
Mole Removal: Can be shaved down with a dermablade or laser to destroy the skin tissue.
Other skin lesions: for example, suspected skin cancer, can be cut out entirely and be stitched up.
Skin Lesions: What about after?
You will be fine to go home when ready. If you've had a sedative it would be suitable to arrange for someone to take you home and if you've had a more invasive procedure it would be advisable to arrange for someone to stay with you for the first 24 hours.
Your dermatologist will explain to you what aftercare is suitable for you, but generally it is advised to:
- keep the skin lesion wound dry for 48 hours, paying attention to clean it if it becomes dirty
- try not to knock, agitate or stretch the wound
- avoid applying make-up over the wound until it's fully healed.
Skin Lesions: Are there any risks or side effects?
Temporary side effects of skin lesion removal can involve some pain, swelling and some bruising around the wound and there is a chance you could end up with a scar in the lesion's place. How noticeable it is depends on how much of your skin is removed, but most scars do significantly fade after a year.
Most people aren't affected by any complications during these procedures, but sometimes there is a risk that you could have an unexpected reaction to the anaesthetic, excessively bleed or develop an infection.
You should have any risks/side effects explained to you by your dermatologist.
Skin Lesions: What will it cost me?
Prices will depend on what type of skin lesion you want removed, how you have it removed and how big the treatment area is, but you should find most skin lesion removals cost upwards of £130.