Biopsy– The rash or lesion will be numbed with an injection. A small portion will be removed and sent to a dermatopathology lab. It will be examined under a microscope for the presence of cancer or disease. 

Excision– Used for the removal of skin cancers, cysts, or other lesions. The affected area will be numbed with an injection. The entire lesion, with margins, will be removed and sent to a dermatopathology lab for examination. Then, the area will be closed with sutures (stitches) 

Electrodessication and curettage- This treatment involves using a small blade (curette) to scrape the affected skin surface to remove the cancerous tissue, then the area will be cauterized to minimize bleeding. 

Removal of moles, skin tags, and other benign lesions– There are certain benign lesions that a patient would like to have removed for non-medical or cosmetic purposes. The removal process can be as minimally invasive as having the lesion “frozen” with liquid nitrogen or having it “burned” with electrodessication. Other removals must be performed surgically with an excision (see above). The procedure required for lesion removal depends upon the type of lesion and where it is located on the body. THE REMOVAL OF CERTAIN BENIGN LESIONS IS NOT COVERED BY INSURANCE.

Please schedule an appointment to discuss your specific treatment options.