Benign skin lesions, lumps and bumps
It is quite common for people to acquire skin lesions and lumps and bumps associated with the skin or just underneath the skin. A skin lesion is part of the skin that has an abnormal growth or appearance compared to the skin around it. Benign skin lumps and bumps include moles, warts, cysts and fatty lumps called lipomas. These can appear anywhere on the body or face. Sometimes they may have been present for a long time but may have gradually increased in size. Patients may wish to have these lumps surgically removed for a number of reasons – including a dislike of the appearance of the lesion or lump; because it keeps getting knocked or it is uncomfortable; because it keeps getting infected or discharging material. Apart from extremely large fatty lumps most skin lesions, and lumps are suitable for local anaesthetic excision biopsies as either outpatient or day case procedures. All procedures will take place in the private hospital in an operating room facility.
At the start of the procedure Mr Johnson will draw on your skin at the site of the lesion or the lump. The scar will be positioned so that it lies in a natural skin crease wherever possible. This area of skin will then be injected with local anaesthetic to numb the skin so you will not feel any pain or discomfort during the procedure. The specimen will be sent for microscopic examination which usually takes 2-3 weeks to get the results. Once the lesion/lump has been removed the skin is stitched with either dissolving stitches alone or else a combination of dissolving stitches and some surface stitches which need to be removed. For lesions of the face there is usually some stitches to be removed after 5 days. The wounds are covered with a simple dressing or tape. You will be given specific instructions as to when the dressings or tape should be removed.
Removal of benign skin lesions and lumps are very commonly performed and the complication rate is low.