Removal Of Skin Lesions – Moles, Skin Tags & Skin Growths

Rid unwanted moles, lumps & bumps.

Procedure Time
1 Hour
Local Anaesthesia or Sedation 
Recovery Period
7 – 10 Days
Stitch Removal
7 Days of Post-op

What Are Skin Lesions And Their Types?

Skin lesions refer to areas of the skin that looks different from the skin surrounding them. They can be lumps, flat pigments or skin growths that appears in different shape, colour or texture. Generally, there are two types of skin lesions and they can be classified as benign or malignant. 

The common examples of benign skin lesions include moles, cysts, sebaceous, dermoid cysts, and lipomas. They are all non-cancerous. The malignant skin lesions, on the other hand, are cancerous and they include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanomas. 

The removal of skin lesions may be eligible for insurance or Medisave coverage. It is recommended to get your lesions assessed if you are unsure or feel suspicious about it. 

Who Needs Removal Of Skin Lesions?

Skin lesion removal is recommended for anyone who:

  • Observes any unusual skin growths
  • Observe any change in shape, colour, texture, or size of their skin growth
  • Observe bleeding or discharge from their skin growth
  • Feel irritation, itching, or pain from their skin growth
  • Want to remove skin growths due to aesthetic reasons

Surgical Methods Used in Removal of Skin Lesions

There are two common methods used for removing skin lesions. Both of them are described below:

1. Shave Excision

It is usually recommended for cases where there is superficial lesion growth. In this technique, the surgeon uses a sharp razor for shaving off the protruded lesion. The shave biopsy is done deep enough for removing the lesion completely but it is shallow enough that any significant damage to deep dermis is prevented. 


2. Excision Biopsy

During this procedure, the surgeon also removes the safety margin to make sure that any malignant cells surrounding the skin lesions are removed from the skin. This method is recommended in cases where the lesion growth is rooted deeper in the skin or when there is high suspicion of skin cancer existence like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma.

It is important to mention that most of these procedures may leave a faint scar over the treated area. Depending on the lesion’s location, the scar can be noticed easily and one needs to take special care both pre- and post-surgery for ensuring optimal healing of the wound. Most patients get opinion of plastic surgeons before removal of lesions from the face and also when the lesions are close to any vital parts like eye, nostrils, or lips.

In confirmed case of malignant lesions, a relatively wider margin of normal skin is taken for preventing recurrence. Some situations might also require reconstructive surgery for restoring skin’s normal anatomy and preventing distortion of any critical facial structures. 

If you are uncertain about the suitability of the procedure for your skin lesions, talk to our surgeon or medical team today and we will guide you how the resulting scars would look and what can be done for minimizing any obvious scars.