They can vary in size, shape and colour and range from being entirely benign to pre-cancerous in nature.
Skin lesions can vary in size, shape and colour and range from being entirely benign to pre-cancerous in nature. Skin tags and age spots are benign lesions, which can become quite irritating. Not all moles are simple freckles and some types are at risk of developing into melanomas. Other lesions, such as actinic keratoses and Bowen’s disease, can transform into squamous cell carcinomas. Sebaceous cysts and lipomas are usually located under the skin (subcutaneous lesions). Both can increase in size over time and cause discomfort as a result.
If you have a troublesome lesion or something that is causing you concern, schedule an appointment with Dr Collins. She will discuss the treatment options with you and together formulate your management plan.
Certain types of lesions, such as age spots, can be removed by a simple shave excision. For other types of lesions, including pre-cancerous lesions and atypical moles, the lesion and a margin of normal skin around it is excised. The goal of surgery is to fully excise the lesion, whilst ensuring that scarring is kept to a minimum. Small lesions can usually be removed under local anaesthetic. Occasionally, excision of larger lesions may require a general anaesthetic.