What happens during skin lesion removal?
The technique that your doctor uses to remove your skin lesion will depend on its size and where it is on your body. The following are some of the options.
- Your doctor will use either a surgical blade or a laser (a high-energy beam of light) to destroy the lesion, shaving it down to the level of your surrounding skin.
- Your doctor can snip skin tags off with surgical scissors.
- Suspected areas of skin cancer will be cut out entirely and your doctor will close the wound with stitches or skin glue.
- Some skin lesions may be frozen off with liquid nitrogen (cryotherapy) or treated with creams that contain imiquimod or salicylic acid.
- Some skin lesions can be treated with photodynamic therapy. A chemical will be applied to your lesion and your doctor will then shine a light on it, which will activate the chemical and destroy the lesion.
If necessary, your doctor will apply a dressing to your wound, but some wounds heal better if they are left uncovered.