How Do I Identify a Suspicious Lesion?
Checking over your body regularly for any new growths and changes to existing moles. Address any new, changing or rapidly growing lesions with your medical provider.
Monthly self-examinations combined can greatly improve the likelihood of catching a skin cancer early and treating it effectively and efficiently.
When completing your self-examination, here is what to look for:
Changes in the size, shape or color of a mole or growth
A lesion that is rough, oozing, bleeding or scaly
A sore lesion that will not heal
Pain, itching or tenderness to a lesion
Skin Lesion Removal Procedure
Most skin lesions can be safely removed as a surgical procedure in the office setting. Local anesthetic is used to numb the area around the lesion, the lesion is then removed and the incision is closed with absorbable stitches that sit just under the skin which you can’t see and will not need to be removed when possible and non-absorbable that will need to be removed in some instances. You will be able to drive yourself to and from your appointment. Depending on the size and location of your lesion most patients are able to return to their normal activities the next day.