About Skin Lesions
Skin lesions, lipomas, and cysts can cause both physical and emotional distress for individuals. Not only can they can be aesthetically displeasing, but more importantly, they can be a health concern and contain cancerous cells.
A skin lesion is an area of skin that has an abnormal appearance compared to the surrounding skin. These can include skin tags, moles, cysts, lipomas, keloids, actinic keratosis, seborrheic keratosis, skin cancer, among many other things.
Some lesions can be benign, meaning non-cancerous, and bothersome more for their aesthetic appearance, or because they cause physical discomfort. Others can be malignant, or cancerous. Lesions should be evaluated when they are first noticed, and carefully monitored to assess for potential concern. When possible, skin lesion removal is recommended.
Treating Skin Lesions
Treatment of skin lesions depends on the type of lesion, size, and physical location on the body.
This type of lesion is one of the most common and are usually harmless. At times, however, they can hide cancerous cells within them. They can also cause discomfort based on their location, and make patients self-conscious due to their appearance, particularly if on prominent areas such as the face or hands.
- Surgical Excision: This allows for complete removal of the mole. The area is injected with local anesthesia, and the mole is excised entirely. The skin is then stitched closed, covered with surgical tape.
- Surgical Shave: For some moles, surgically shaving the lesion is the preferred method of removal. The area is injected with local anesthesia, and the mole is shaved off, leaving a flat surface. Stitches are not necessary in this procedure. After the procedure, the area is covered with a surgical dressing until fully healed.
There are various types of cysts, and treatment depends on type, location, and size. Cysts can be both unsightly as well as painful. Recurrence can occur, and complete removal of the cyst as well as its surrounding fluid-filled sac, is the preferred method to prevent recurrence.
- Cyst Excision: The area is injected with local anesthesia. The cyst is excised completely, and its capsule, or shell, is also removed. The skin is then stitched and covered with surgical tape.
Lipomas are clusters of fatty tissue which are often noticed as lumps under the skin. Usually benign, they tend to be aesthetically bothersome, and in some cases, they can be uncomfortable due to their location. If they begin to increase in size, they should to be evaluated carefully to determine if the cells are cancerous, in which case the lipoma should be removed quickly.
- Liposuction: Some lipomas can be treated with liposuction, particularly when they are soft and not well-defined. Only a very small incision is made to perform the procedure, and a compression garment is worn by the patient afterward.
- Lipoma excision: Most often, lipomas are firm and are a discrete mass, in which case the preferred treatment is surgical excision. Local anesthesia is injected, the lipoma is removed in its entirety, and the incision is closed with stitches and covered with surgical tape.
Skin tags are benign lesion that is a small piece of soft, hanging skin that may have a stalk. They can exist anywhere on the body but are frequently located on areas where skin rubs against other skin or clothing. These are generally painless and are bothersome to patients mainly due to their cosmetic appearance or location.
- Skin tag excision: Skin tags can be removed quickly and safely by cutting them off, and do not require suturing the skin afterward.
Lesion Removal Cost NYC
The cost of lesion removal varies on a patient-by-patient basis. Dr. Mahmood is committed to helping her Union Square patients achieve the best possible surgical outcomes, so every case begins with a comprehensive lesion consultation where Dr. Mahmood examines the patient and outlines surgery costs and considerations.
Contact us today to book your consolation with Dr. Mahmood – a Board Certified, double Ivy League-trained, Plastic and Reconstructive surgeon practicing in Union Square, NY.