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How do dermatologists remove skin lesions?

Depending on the type of lesion, your dermatologist may choose to perform a biopsy to ensure the growth is benign and determine which type of removal procedure is appropriate. Removal generally includes the following treatment options:

  • Scalpel removal: The practitioner uses a scalpel to shave the lesion away from your facial skin.

  • Electrosurgery: Electrical current or pulses are used to selectively destroy the abnormally growing cells.

  • Laser surgery: A high-energy laser is used to destroy abnormal skin tissue.

  • Curettage: Similar to scalpel removal; however, a round cutting loop is used rather than a flat-edged blade.

  • Cryosurgery: The lesion is removed by freezing the growth with a special instrument or cold liquid.

  • Mohs micrographic surgery: This technique may be used if the dermatologist suspects the benign growth may be turning cancerous. The lesion is cut away in small pieces, which are examined to ensure malignant areas are removed.

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