Mr Omar Tillo
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
These skin lesions can often be difficult to remove with non-surgical options. Non-surgical removal options include creams and ointments, cryotherapy or curettage and cautery. Sometimes these options may not work, or may not be considered a suitable option for your particular skin growth. If that is the case, you may wish to undergo surgical removal. This involves excising the skin lesion from the skin.
Those who will be considered a good candidate for this procedure include those who have a facial skin lesion which they are wanting to remove.
You will have to be at least 18 years old to be considered eligible for this procedure.
Facial skin lesion removal will be performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake throughout the whole procedure, but you will be unable to feel any pain or discomfort.
Once the area is frozen from the local anaesthetic, it will also be cleaned with an antiseptic solution.
The skin lesion will then be excised from the skin using a scalpel. The surgeon will take extra care with the excision to ensure there is minimal scarring.
The hole where the lesion was removed will be shut by pulling the skin together and stitching the skin. If the lesion was particularly large, you may need to have a skin graft. This involves taking a piece of skin from elsewhere on the body. This is usually taken from an area such as behind the ear or above the collarbone. The graft is then stitched over the incision hole.
If necessary, the skin lesion will be sent to a lab for testing.
Facial skin lesion removal is performed as a day case. You will be able to return home on the same day as your procedure.
Once the local anaesthetic has worn off, you may experience some mild pain and discomfort. If necessary, you may wish to take some pain medication.
It is normal to expect some swelling and bruising. This will be more noticeable on the first few days and will fade after two weeks.
We recommend you do not return to work on the same day as your procedure, however, you may feel well enough to return to work the following day.
If you had stitches, you will need to return to the clinic to have them removed.
The area will be frozen and cleaned. The facial lesion will then be removed using a scalpel. The hole in the skin will then be stitched shut. The lesion may be sent to a lab for testing.
Facial skin lesion removal is performed under a local anaesthetic. This means you will be awake but will not feel anything in the treatment area.
If you have a lesion on your face which you dislike and want to have removed, you will be considered a good candidate.
Centre for Surgery only offers this procedure to those that are over 18 years old.
This will vary depending on how many skin lesions you are having removed, the location of the lesion and the size. The procedure may take up to one hour.
We recommend you do not return to work on the same day as the removal. However, you may not need to take any further time off work.
Rare risks include bleeding, which can be resolved by applying pressure to the area with a tissue or swab.
Rare risks also include infection, which can be resolved with antibiotics. Centre for Surgery takes precautions to ensure the risk of infection is low.
You will need to return to Centre for Surgery to have your stitches removed.
If your skin lesion was sent to a lab for testing, you may receive the results a few weeks later.