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The following provides information on removing benign skin lesions. If further details are required, please talk to your consultant.
Benign skin lesions are extremely common. Generally they are characterised as a lump of varying sizes either on the surface or below the surface of the skin. They are harmless and do not necessarily need to be removed. However, some people might want to remove then for aesthetic reasons or if they are in an uncomfortable place on the body.
Epidermoid cysts, lipomata, moles and skin tags are a few examples of benign skin lesions.
Surgery is the most reliable method of effectively removing benign skin lesions. Most of these sorts of procedures are quick and straightforward, taking around 20 minutes. A local anaesthetic is likely to be administered to numb the immediate area for surgery, before the skin lesion is removed.
Different skin lesions require different techniques.
To remove an epidermoid cyst, the surgeon will create an elliptical cut directly over the cyst, before removing it (see figure 1). A lipoma requires a straight cut in order for effective removal; and a mole requires an elliptical incision all around its perimeter. Skin tags may be nipped off with surgical scissors.
Removing an epidermoid cyst
Any risks or complications will be discussed in advance of your treatment with your expert consultant.
After the removal of a benign skin lesion, it is likely you will be able to go home whenever you feel able and return to work the following day. Be aware if you have had a procedure which involves stitches that you need to refrain from physical activity that could damage them.
References: EIDO Healthcare Limited - The operation and treatment information on this website is produced using information from EIDO Healthcare Ltd and is licensed by Aspen Healthcare.
The information should not replace advice that your relevant health professional would give you.