Your skin is your body’s first defense mechanism, protecting your organs and tissues from germs, ultraviolet radiation, and injury. Unfortunately, your skin is susceptible to injury and disease, including the development of skin lesions. At Advanced Surgical of North Texas in McKinney, Texas, the experienced general surgeons use advanced surgical techniques to remove skin lesions and minimize scarring. To schedule your skin lesion surgical consultation, call the office or select the online booking button.
Skin lesions include any growths or abnormalities that develop on your skin. There are many types of skin lesions, and some of the most common include:
Moles are clusters of pigmented skin cells that are very common skin lesions. Moles are generally harmless, but new moles or changes in the size or shape of an existing mole may be signs of melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.
Skin tags are flesh-colored growths that develop in areas where skin rubs together, such as under the arms or under the breasts in women.
Lipomas are fat-filled benign tumors that develop under your skin. Lipomas can occur anywhere on your body and may vary in size.
Cysts are sac-like pockets that develop under your skin and may be filled with fluid, pus, or air.
The various forms of skin cancer, including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, are also called skin lesions.
Though some skin lesions are harmless, you should always consult with your primary care physician if you have concerns about changes in your skin. What you may consider a harmless mole may be the early signs of malignant melanoma.
You should also have a skin lesion evaluated if it causes discomfort or makes you feel self-conscious.
Removal of your skin lesion may depend on its type, size, and location. The experienced team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas develops a personalized surgical plan based on your specific needs and reviews the details of your lesion removal at your consultation so you know how to prepare and what to expect.
Common surgical techniques used to remove skin lesions include:
For raised skin lesions, the team at Advanced Surgical of North Texas may perform a shave excision, using a small blade to remove the lesion.
If there’s a concern your lesion is cancerous, the team may perform a full-thickness surgical excision, which involves removing the lesion and some of the healthy tissue underneath to ensure full extraction of any cancerous tissue.
For small raised lesions, the doctor may use surgical scissors to remove the skin growth.
During curettage and electrodesiccation, the team uses a special tool that emits a high-frequency electrical current that scrapes and scoops the lesion from your skin.
Cryotherapy freezes the skin lesion, causing it to fall off.
Skin lesions may affect your physical or emotional health. To discuss surgical options for your skin lesion, call Advanced Surgical of North Texas or book online today.