About Skin Lesions
When you examine your skin, you may notice small growths or areas that look different than the surrounding tissue. These are known as skin lesions, which may appear anywhere on your face and body. You may want a skin lesion removed if it is unattractive, irritating or painful. While many skin lesions are benign (noncancerous), a lesion that has changed over time may need to be biopsied to check for cancerous cells. If you have a skin lesion you would like examined or removed, schedule an appointment with seasoned dermatologist Dr. Adean Kingston. Dr. Kingston will discuss the best method for removing the lesion(s) during your appointment at Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC in Dallas, Texas.
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Skin lesions that individuals may seek removal of include unwanted moles, skin tags, seborrheic keratosis, warts, oil glands, cysts, lipomas, angiomas, keloids, milia, molluscum, and so forth. Lesions may appear as a result of a viral infection such as with warts and molluscum. Others may be inherited such as moles and birthmarks. Some can occur from aging or trauma. Regardless of the lesion(s) you have, it is important to have them appropriately diagnosed and Dr. Kingston can discuss treatment options if needed or desired.
A skin lesion includes any area of skin that is different than the surrounding tissue. A skin lesion can cause mild symptoms, such as burning, itching, or discomfort or have no associated symptom. A raised skin lesion may also cause irritation and bleeding if it rubs against skin or clothing.
Depending on the type of lesion being removed, there are several options. A surgical excision or skin biopsy may be recommended by Dr. Kingston, which involves cutting the skin lesion out and possibly placing sutures. This is often used for moles, cysts, or other forms of lesions that may be precancerous or cancerous. Surface layer lesions can usually be removed with cryotherapy, curettage that gently shaves away the mark or with electrodessication of the lesion. Dr. Kingston may also suggest laser treatments, oral medications, or topical creams to minimize symptoms or the appearance of skin lesions.
Remove Unwanted Lesions
Almost every adult has a skin lesion that they would like to eliminate. While most lesions do not need treatment (unless they begin to bleed, itch, become inflamed, or are believed to be cancerous), you may want it removed for cosmetic reasons. Dr. Kingston will provide a full assessment of your skin lesion(s) and discuss treatment options. Contact Adean Kingston, M.D., PLLC to learn more about skin lesion removal or to schedule a consultation.