When you have a skin lesion that could be cancerous, it’s important to get it removed as soon as possible and sent for testing. The team at Douglas Family Medicine in Castle Rock, Colorado, carries out in-office skin excision procedures and have onsite lab services to ensure fast, convenient removal of suspicious skin lesions and testing of the tissue. If you have any bumps, changing moles, or new skin lesions, call Douglas Family Medicine today or book an appointment online.
Skin excision is an outpatient procedure in which your provider at Douglas Family Medicine removes a small section of skin and underlying tissue.
You may need to undergo a skin excision procedure if you have a lump, sore, or another kind of abnormal area of skin, called a lesion. Skin lesions may be benign, which means they don’t contain cancerous cells, or they may be malignant, which means they are cancerous.
Skin excisions remove the affected tissue to ensure any malignant cells can’t develop into skin cancer. The team at Douglas Family Medicine uses either surgery or cryotherapy to carry out skin excisions.
A skin excision procedure is a straightforward process that the team at Douglas Family Medicine carries out in office using a local anesthetic, causing minimal disruption to your day. The team uses one of three possible approaches to skin excision.
Suitable for lesions that are raised above the level of the surrounding skin, shave excision involves using a small blade to slice off the lesion. You’re unlikely to need stitches after a shave excision, but the team does cauterize the wound or apply medication to stop any bleeding.
This technique is an alternative to shave excision on skin lesions that rise above the surrounding skin. Using a small pair of forceps to pull the skin lesion upwards, your provider then cuts out the lesion. As with shave excision, stitches aren’t usually necessary, just treatment to stop any bleeding.
Most often used when there’s a possibility the skin lesion is cancerous, a full thickness excision involves removing the lesion and some surrounding tissue to ensure no cancerous cells are left behind. This leaves a larger wound that does require stitching, and depending on its size, may also require a small skin graft.
Cryotherapy involves freezing the lesion to temperatures low enough to destroy the tissue. It’s an effective way of treating skin lesions such as:
The cryotherapy procedure involves applying liquid nitrogen to the lesion, which freezes it instantly, with the whole process typically taking no more than one minute. Freezing the skin with liquid nitrogen can be uncomfortable, but an application of topical numbing cream before your skin excision procedure eliminates any discomfort. After treatment, the skin lesion may blister, then just peels away.
If you’re concerned about any skin lesions, visit Douglas Family Medicine for effective, convenient treatments. Call today, or book an appointment online.