What is a skin lesion?
Skin lesions, commonly called skin tags, are an area of your skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance relative to the skin around it.
There are two types of skin lesions. One is a primary form of skin lesion, which can be hereditary, form arbitrarily at birth, or naturally across their lifetime. The other is a secondary lesion, which forms due to interactions with a primary lesion, for example, scars, scabs, ulcers, atrophy, and more.
When should skin lesions be a concern for me?
Above all, it is good practice to diagnose any lesion you may have, regardless of whether you experience symptoms from them. However, skin lesions could raise a more significant cause of concern if they suddenly change in colour, size, or texture, if they bleed, have irregular proportions, become painful, sore, or tender, are responsible for a burning sensation, and more.
What is skin lesion removal surgery?
Skin surgery is incredibly straightforward and usually occurs while you are under a local anaesthetic.
Upon your arrival, our surgeon performs a diagnosis to identify the type of skin nodules you have and advises the best treatment. Based on the consultation results, if you qualify for skin lesion removal surgery, the procedure is as follows:
Firstly, our expert surgeons carefully disinfect the operating area around the lesion before using a surgical drape to maintain a sterile environment.
Secondly, the surgeon performs an oval cut around the lesion with margins (a small amount of excess skin) to ensure the removal of all potential cancer cells.
After that, the surgeon will send the excised sample to a lab for further analysis.
Finally, the surgeon may close the wound (depending on the incision size) with stitching before wrapping it in a compression cloth to prevent any infection.
What is skin lesion recovery like?
Despite skin lesion surgeries being outpatient visits, the procedure is swift, and you can usually return home within the same day. In addition, aftercare is included in your treatment package, meaning follow-up appointments are common to track your progression. Our surgeons can treat any immediate complications with no additional charge. In other words, lesion surgery is simply the most reliable treatment if you are looking for a permanent solution.
However, the time until you can return to work will depend on how fast you recover, your skin lesion location, and your occupation, as labour-intensive jobs may require you to take more time out of work.
In addition, if you work an office job, you will generally be able to return to work within the next day.
Your surgeon will confirm your expected recovery time during your consultation.
You may also be subject to follow-up assessments to monitor your recovery.
Though pain post-surgery is uncommon, your surgeon will inform you of what over-the-counter medication is needed.
You must contact your surgeon if any of your pain or inflammation persists after medication.