Skin Lesion Removal

Skin Lesion Removal in Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding AZ cities
Excision of skin lesions is the surgical removal of abnormal growths from the skin. Skin lesions need to be excised to diagnose and treat the underlying cause. Excision can help remove benign lesions such as moles or cysts, as well as alleviate symptoms such as chronic itching, burning, discomfort, or bleeding. In some cases, it may be necessary to rule out skin cancer.ds.
Phoenix AZ plastic surgeon Dr. LaBarbera specializes in excision of skin lesions and other corrective hand surgeries. The surgeon uses the latest methods and advanced techniques to remove the lesion (and any surrounding tissue that could be affected) for either medical or cosmetic reasons. Dr. LaBarbera has helped numerous patients from Mesa, Gilbert, Phoenix, Scottsdale, and surrounding Az treat lesions through this delicate corrective surgery.


Skin lesions may need to be removed for a number of reasons:

  • Prevention – excision of skin lesions may help to prevent a lesion from spreading or returning.
  • Diagnosis – biopsy of the extracted tissue can help to confirm or rule out the presence of cancer.
  • Treatment – excision may be the best treatment for some types of skin lesions, such as cysts, benign tumors, or precancerous lesions.
  • Improved cosmesis – skin lesion excision often offers improved cosmetic results, as the lesion can be completely removed, and the skin closed in a more aesthetically pleasing manner.


Excision of skin surgery is typically an outpatient procedure that is usually performed under local anesthesia. The affected area will be numbed and the patient is also given a mild sedative to help them relax. Once this is done, Dr. LaBarbera will make an incision around the lesion in order to remove it along with the surrounding affected tissue. The incision is then closed and the remaining healthy tissue sutured, stitched, or stapled together. Depending on the goals of the procedure, a sample of the lesion will be preserved so it can be tested for cancer.


Recovery after skin lesion excision in hand surgery is typically a relatively quick and uncomplicated process. Immediately after surgery, a dressing will be applied to the area, which may need to be changed on a daily basis. During the first week or so, the area must be kept clean and dry. Any stitches used to close the wound may be removed within a week or two. Pain and swelling are common and can be managed with painkillers and cold compresses. However, any discomfort and swelling dissipate after a few weeks. It is important that you strictly follow your surgeon’s post-op instructions in order to ensure a quick and seamless recovery following your lesion removal hand surgery.

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Dr. LaBarbera is a highly skilled corrective hand surgeon who has worked with countless other patients in Mesa, Phoenix, Scottsdale, Gilbert, and surrounding AZ areas. The surgeon takes each patient case as unique and works to formulate a highly individualized treatment plan to meet your treatment goals. Dr. LaBarbera is supported by a team of highly trained and professional staffers who care about your safety and well-being. Get in touch with the surgeon’s office to schedule a consultation for the best skin lesion excision in Phoenix AZ.


Skin lesions can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections (viral and fungal), allergies (e.g., contact dermatitis), autoimmune diseases (e.g., lupus), genetic conditions (such as epidermolysis bullosa and xeroderma pigmentosum), physical trauma (burns and cuts), and certain medications (e.g., chemotherapy drugs).
Skin lesion excision is a surgical procedure used to remove abnormal or abnormal-looking skin growths. The procedure involves cutting away the lesion, along with a small margin of surrounding healthy tissue, and then closing the wound with sutures.

Skin lesions need to be excised for various reasons:

  • To extract a sample that can be further analyzed for diagnosis
  • To alleviate symptoms such as chronic irritation and discomfort
  • To completely remove skin cancer lesions
  • To get rid of a frequently infected or inflamed lesion or cyst
  • To improve the cosmetic appearance of the affected area of the skin
Skin lesions that can be removed by excision include moles, cysts, warts, skin tags, lipomas, and keratoses.
Yes, there are risks associated with skin lesion excision. These include infection, scarring, and possibly an inadequate excision that may necessitate a second procedure.
Local anesthesia is typically used for skin lesion excision. This numbs the area, allowing the procedure to be done without you experiencing too much discomfort.
The healing process for skin lesion excision typically takes between two and four weeks.
Yes, during the healing process you should avoid activities that might cause excessive sweating or friction on the wound. This includes swimming, strenuous exercise, and hot tubs.
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