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The doctors in the Stanford Health Care Dermatologic Surgery program not only have the expertise to help improve the health and appearance of your skin, they are leading the development of new technologies and techniques not yet available at other centers.
Skin tags Skin tags are small, soft bumps that usually grow on the skin of adults, most often on the eyelids, neck, and armpits, under the breasts, and in the groin area.
Seborrheic keratosis Among the most common noncancerous skin growths, particularly in older adults, a seborrheic keratosis usually looks like an elevated black, brown, or tan growth on the face, shoulders, chest, or back.
Sebaceous hyperplasia Often the result of aging, this condition causes yellow, soft, small growths, usually on the nose, forehead, cheeks, and other areas of the face.
Actinic keratosis Prolonged sun exposure can cause scaly spots to form on your skin.
Electrodessication: Heating and removing the unwanted lesion
Electrodessication provides an excellent option for removing benign (noncancerous) lesions on the skin's surface by heating and removing them. Examples of lesions that may be suitable for this procedure include seborrheic keratosis and sebaceous hyperplasia.
Electrodessication is sometimes followed by curettage.
Curettage: Scraping off the unwanted lesion
Curettage is potentially the right option to remove lesions that are softer than the surrounding skin or clearly divided from normal, healthy tissue. Examples of lesions that may be suitable for this procedure include seborrheic keratoses, viral warts, actinic keratoses, and skin tags.
Excision: Cutting out the unwanted lesion
What to do after skin surgery
After your surgery, we ask that you:
Ensure the treated area is kept clean the following day by gently washing it with a mild soap and water
Apply Vaseline to any raw, eroded areas several times each day until they heal completely — typically in about a week
Potential side effects of skin lesion surgery
Although these procedures are very well tolerated by almost all patients and complications are exceedingly rare, there are potential risks:
Darkening or lightening of treated skin (almost always temporary)
Call our clinic if you experience increased pain, swelling, redness, or drainage in the treated area.