Lesion removal is a procedure in which an abnormal growth or skin tag is removed. Lesions may include warts, moles, lipomas and/or cancerous growths. They may be observed in a variety of sizes, shapes, colors and locations. They can also vary from being flat to being raised from the skin. What people don’t realize it that lesion removal, most often times, is covered by your insurance, even when performed under the expertise of Pittsburgh plastic surgeon, Dr. Theodore Lazzaro.
Why should I have them removed?
Lesions with irregular edges or varying shades of color can develop into a serious form of skin cancer known as malignant melanoma. Keratoses appear as raised yellowish-brown skin lesions which are most commonly seen in sun exposed areas of the body. Long standing, neglected keratoses can sometimes develop into basal or squamous cell cancer. It is always best to have any suspicious lesion checked out by your doctor.
What is involved in the procedure?
Lesion removals are minimally invasive and are generally performed under local anesthetic but can also be performed under a MAC/sedation anesthetic. The procedure generally lasts between 15 and 45 minutes. They usually require no downtime and patients may immediately return to their usual activities. Discomfort is minimal. However, for some more complex cases, physical activity may be restricted for a few days. During your consultation, Dr. Lazzaro will evaluate your needs to determine the best method for removal.