Surgery is essential to remove skin cancers and supicious lesions. It can also be used to remove non-cancerous growths for cosmetic reasons.
An ellipse excision is the most common procedure and can be performed in the dermatologist’s office. Shave excisions can sometimes also be used to remove lesions and generally results in a better cosmetic outcome.
What to expect
- Local anaesthetic is injected
- The skin lesion is removed by using a scalpel blade
- Any bleeding is stopped using electrocautery
- Stitches are applied
- Wound care and removal of sutures explained