Benign lesions on the skin are common and are removed frequently upon the request of the patient to improve the appearance of the skin. A dermatologist commonly recommends the cosmetic excision of benign lesions. They are also responsible for providing the patient with options regarding the removal of moles, sunspots, seborrheic keratosis, or other skin tags.
What kinds of benign lesions benefit the most from cosmetic excision?
Moles are one kind of benign lesion that can be resolved with cosmetic excision. The doctor provides recommendations for cosmetic excision of moles depending on the type of the mole and where it is located. The cosmetic excision of moles usually produces very minimal scarring, with its appearance improving over time with proper care.
Skin tags are another example of benign lesions. They usually develop in the areas that experience a lot of friction, including the neck, under the arms, under female breasts, or in the folds of the legs. The cosmetic excision of skin tags may or may not require anesthesia, depending on the size of the tag and where it is located. It is good to note to the patient that even if all of the tags are removed, new ones may still develop due to continual friction.
Seborrheic keratoses are wart-like growths that have a tendency to multiply as a person grows older. These benign lesions may appear anywhere on the patient’s body, and are commonly found on the arms, the face, and scalp. They may appear as pigmented spots on the skin that can be smooth, shiny, or clustered and coarse. The cosmetic excision of these benign lesions employs several techniques and will depend upon the type, the size, and the location of the lesion. Similar to skin tags, seborrheic keratoses may recur after removal, which could call for touch up sessions in the future.
Perhaps one of the most common benign lesions is sunspots or age spots. They are patches of pigmented skin most noticeable on the patient’s face, hands, and arms. These lesions may be removed using cryosurgery or specific chemical peeling agents. Wearing sunscreen after the treatment will minimize the likelihood of new lesions developing.
Is the cosmetic excision of benign lesions affordable?
Although this procedure is generally not covered by insurance, cosmetic excision of the nine lesions is a very affordable and widely accessible to most patients.