What are some common benign skin lesions we see on the face?
The most common benign skin lesions seen on the face are simple moles.Other common lesions we encounter are skin tags, xanthelasma, and seborrheic keratosis.
Moles-also known as nevi, are benign lesions composed of clusters of pigmented cells.
Skin Tags-also known as acrochordon, are benign tumors occurring on skin. Commonly occur in areas of friction, such as body creases and folds.Elevated blood sugar and insulin can increase incidence.
Xanthelasma-Yellow cholesterol rich deposits under the skin. Commonly on eyelids. Associated with hyperlipidemia.
Seborrheic keratosis-Most common benign tumor in middle to older age individuals.Typical present as dark or light brown raised lesion. Occur more commonly on areas of sun exposure.
What does skin lesion removal involve?
Most commonly, these lesions can be removed via a simple ellipse excision, which leaves a small linear scar. However, some lesions such as skin tags may only require shaving them off at the base, or at the opposite end of the spectrum, some lesions may require skin graft or flap reconstruction.
Will my insurance pay for my skin lesion removal?
No, these skin lesions are not a threat to your health and are considered cosmetic.
Will I need to be admitted to the hospital for skin lesion removal?
No, we perform all skin lesion removals in our office surgical suite.
What is the typical postoperative course?
• Steri strips(flesh colored bandaids) will be placed at the time of surgery. These will remain in place for 1 week.
• No heavy lifting or straining for first 48 hours
• Keep incision dry for first 24 hours, then you may shower
You may drive to and from your appointment.
Time off of Work? Restrictions?
You will be able to return to work the same day.