While most lesion removals are done with a simple outpatient procedure, recovery times, risks, and side effects vary depending on the type and size of the lesion being removed and the method of removal. When procedures are performed in a clinic environment by an experienced clinician, risks and side effects are minimal.
Lesions most often removed include moles, solar keratoses, and skin tags. At Dr. Weber’s Cosmetic Clinic, lesions are primarily removed using either cryotherapy or excisions, depending on the type, size, and depth of the lesion in question.
With cryotherapy, the skin affected by the lesion is frozen, causing the skin cells to die and the lesion to fall off within a few weeks. Due to the nature of this process, our clients can expect redness to the treated area, occasionally a blister may appear after a few hours. There may be some localized soreness for a few days after the procedure, but depending on the location of the lesion this discomfort should not affect your ability to go about your normal life. The area should be kept clean and dry, and may require a light dressing. The area should be monitored for signs of infection. Hypopigmentation may also occur, particularly if the skin is tanned in the surrounding area. This may fade entirely but can persist on occasion..
Excisions, in contrast, are performed by removing the skin directly with a sharp instrument under sterile conditions. After the excision, the wound should be kept dry and covered for 48 hours, after which a topical antibiotic cream can be applied to prevent infection. There may be a localized burning sensation for a short period of time, which can be relieved with over the counter pain medicine. Depending on the size and depth of the lesion, some scarring can be expected. However, any scar should fade and retract within a few months, and can be minimized by adhering to the post treatment instructions given. While infection is rare, the site should be monitored and any concerning signs reported promptly.
Lesion removals are an easy and brief process with minimal side effects and risks. Dr. Weber’s Cosmetic Clinic will be happy to walk you through your options and make recommendations for your recovery.
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