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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.
Years of experience performing advanced skin lesion surgery.
Expertise using minimally invasive techniques to treat benign (noncancerous) lesions (tissue damaged by disease or injury), scars, cysts and moles, and skin spots.
Generally well tolerated procedures with very rare complications.
Treatment available in a comfortable, private, easy to reach setting.
What Is Skin Lesion Surgery?
Types of Skin Lesion Surgery
Electrodessication A numbing agent is applied to minimize discomfort. Then a tool with a thin metallic tip is used to precisely heat and remove the lesion.
Curettage A numbing agent is applied to minimize discomfort. Then the lesion is gently scraped off to allow normal skin to heal below.
Excision A numbing agent is applied to minimize discomfort. Then the lesion is carefully cut out, with the cut going only as deep as necessary to remove the lesion without damaging healthy tissue around it.
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.