Skin Lesion Removal in Jersey City, NJ
A skin lesion is frequently removed when a person is worried it might be cancerous, or if it causes aesthetic problems. Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski, a board-certified surgeon in general surgery and phlebology at the Vein and Skin Studio, regularly removes such lesions for patients living in Bayonne and nearby areas in New Jersey.
What is Skin Lesion Removal?
Skin lesions are growths on the skin, such as pustules, skin tags, scars, and scales. Certain lesions can be malignant (cancerous), and others may be benign (harmless). Others may be benign but later become malignant.
With any lesion, it’s essential to determine what type of lesion it is and what caused it. For moles or similar types of lesions, patients typically opt for removal in order to discover if it is cancerous or may become cancerous. In some cases, they may simply be removed for aesthetic purposes.
Benefits of Skin Lesion Removal
Regardless of what condition the lesion is in, patients may decide on removal for several reasons:
- Removing precancerous or cancerous skin growths
- Improving self-confidence
- A desire to look more normal
- Reducing self-consciousness about the lesion
Resection of skin lesions is defined as the removal of an abnormal growth on the skin called a lesion. Skin lesions include moles, warts, skin tags, and cancers. Some reasons for undergoing this procedure are your lesions are precancerous or cancerous, the lesion has created a chronic skin irritation or for cosmetic preferences.
How does Resection of Skin Lesions work?
First, Dr. Moszczynski will cleanse the area. The skin surrounding the lesion will be injected with anesthesia. Techniques for skin lesion removal differ depending on why you’re removing it and the location of the lesion. Some common techniques include removal with a scalpel, laser surgery, cryosurgery, electrosurgery, curettage, and mohs micrographic surgery. Stitches will be used to close the incision after the lesion has been removed. Sterilized stickers can also be used to keep the skin closed. The area will be bandaged. The amount of time this procedure takes depends on the method used and can vary from 5 to 20 minutes.
Preparing for Skin Lesion Removal
Preparing for skin lesion removal is a simple process. Your doctor will provide you with specific instructions, as well as the following recommendations:
- Avoid vitamins, herbal supplements and medications that cause thinning of the blood
- Quit smoking
Recovery from Skin Lesion Removal
After the skin lesion removal procedure, your anesthesia can take several hours to wear off fully. Throughout this time, you must carefully avoid sustaining any impacts or scrapes to the area, since it will still be numb, and you won’t notice any damage being inflicted. As soon as the numbness goes away, you will feel some discomfort, but this can be treated with the use of over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen.
You must keep the area that was operated on clean and dry. Do this by covering it with a sterile bandage for 1-2 days. If stickers were used, they would fall off on their own in a week’s time. Talk to Dr. Moszczynski about when it is okay for you to bathe, shower or soak in water. Do not fully submerge the wound in water until it has fully healed. Pat the wound dry after you washed it. Stitches will be left in for 3 to 14 days, depending on the location of the wound. You may take pain medication if necessary. Contact Dr. Moszczynski if you experience any of the following:
- Any new symptoms
- Pain that doesn’t lessen with pain medication
- Signs of infection, including fever and chills
- Swelling, redness, excessive bleeding, increasing pain or discharge from the incision site
How Much Does Skin Lesion Removal Cost?
The price of skin lesion removal surgery depends on a number of factors, including where the lesion is located, its depth and size, and which method of removal is required. During your consultation appointment, Dr. Moszczynski will take a close look at the lesion to decide on the best removal method. After this decision is made, he will schedule you for an appointment to undergo the actual skin lesion removal procedure. In addition, he will discuss payment methods and find out whether your health insurance will pay for the cost of surgery, as this procedure is frequently considered to be a medical necessity. If it doesn’t, Dr. Moszczynski does accept cash, checks, and all major credit cards, and he even offers financing through CareCredit®.
Is Skin Lesion Removal Right for Me?
If you struggle with a skin lesion that makes you feel concerned about your health or unhappy with your appearance, you might wish to consider skin lesion removal from Dr. Moszczynski.
What to Expect During Your Skin Lesion Removal Consultation
During your consultation appointment, Dr. Moszczynski will carefully examine the skin lesion and determine whether it may be cancerous. Afterwards, he will discuss the best plan of treatment for removing it, and then explain the procedure to you in detail. Furthermore, he will address any concerns or questions you may have to ensure that you’re comfortable with his suggestions.
At the Vein and Skin Studio, Dr. Zbigniew Moszczynski performs skin lesion removal for patients who live in Bayonne and the nearby communities in New Jersey. Please contact us today to schedule your consultation appointment.