At A Glance
- Recovery: 1-2 weeks
- Cost: $300-$500
- Anesthesia: Local
- In-Op Length: 30 Minutes
What to Expect
Lesion Removal can clear your skin of moles, growths, or cysts.
You will have a thorough examination by Dr. Kayastha and discuss the right treatment approach for your skin from a variety of removal methods.
You will relax in our comfortable office during your procedure. The area will be numbed and Dr. Kayastha will perform a removal technique. We will take skin samples for a biopsy if needed.
You can drive yourself home after your procedure. We will provide aftercare steps for your surgical site, bandages, and stitches, and you may feel tenderness for a few days. You can resume regular activities after 48 hours.
What is Lesion Removal?
Dr. Kayastha offers various types of lesion excisions. These include benign moles as well as other skin and subcutaneous lesions that require removal. Examples of these common conditions include fatty tumors (lipomas), nevi (moles), and cysts (sebaceous cysts). Sometimes a patient may have an abscess (collection of pus) that requires drainage. These lesions may be changing, uncomfortable, or aesthetically displeasing. Sometimes, there may be a concern that the mole/lesion could be pre-cancerous or cancerous.
Dr. Kayastha performs these excisions daily in his office. His emphasis is to remove the lesion in the most beneficial way while minimizing discomfort before, during, and after the procedure. If indicated, a biopsy will be performed to ensure that the nature of the lesion (cancerous vs. non-cancerous) is clarified. In the event that the lesion is cancerous, Dr. Kayastha does his best to ensure that it has been removed completely.
Moles, and in particular non-cancerous ones, are easily removed with a small surgical procedure. Moles are removed in a number of ways. How a mole is removed will ultimately depend on a number of factors. Moles that look concerning in any way are usually removed by surgically cutting them out. Other moles that do not have any concerning characteristics can be removed by shaving or burning them off.
Lesion Removal FAQs
I'm scared to have my birthmark removed. What is the process like?
Typically a consultation is required before any removal is considered. Dr. Kayastha will need to examine you. At that time he will review alternatives for how to best treat your lesion. Most patients will then schedule an appointment to have their procedure done. They may drive themselves to and from their appointment. nAfter the preliminary steps, like signing a surgical consent, are completed, you are ready to finally have your procedure. For this, you will be placed in a comfortable position on an operating chair. You can have a family member present in the operating room if you want. Next, the area will be cleaned with antiseptic soap. After that, a local anesthetic will be injected into the site. Finally, after making sure that you are not going to feel any pain, Dr. Kayastha will perform your surgery.
Is the lesion removal procedure painful?
Not really. Most patients find the pain associated with the local anesthetic injection to the only painful part of the procedure. Dr. Kayastha uses a formulation of local anesthetic that is less acidic and therefore burns less upon injection.
Can I have my mole removed without a scar?
Maybe, but no matter what method is used there is usually some evidence that there was a lesion there before. You should think of having a lesion removed as a trade-off. For no longer having the spot there is usually a small and, hopefully, inconspicuous mark.nA normal-appearing mole (nevus) can be removed by shaving off the surface and cauterizing the base. This technique often heals with minimal scarring. If a mole has any concerning characteristics shaving it off is not recommended. In this case, it should be surgically excised. This usually results in a straight-line scar.
Is having my mole, skin lesion, lipoma, or cyst removed covered by insurance?
Most lesions that are changing, growing, or irritating in some fashion are covered by insurance.
What happens after mole removal?
Usually, the surgical site is dressed in steri-strips and gauze. You may shower that night or the next morning. Heavy activity / strenuous exercise should be avoided for 48 hours. Swimming and hot tubs should be avoided until your sutures come out.
Why should I have a plastic surgeon remove a cyst/lipoma from the middle of my back?
You don’t have to have a plastic surgeon do this. However, if you have any concern about what your scar might look like then you should consider having a plastic surgeon perform your procedure. Other doctors can get the job done, but they might not have the same level of interest in how your scar is going to turn out as a plastic surgeon will.
Does cyst removal hurt?
Before cyst removal, you will generally be numbed using a small injection. This means that the only pain you should feel is the same as receiving a vaccination or other shot.
Does mole removal leave a scar?
Mole removal with a plastic surgeon should result in virtually invisible scarring.
How long does it take to recover from cyst removal?
After cyst removal, the incision should heal within a few weeks. Dr. Kayastha can explain what you should expect before your procedure.
Do they put you to sleep for lesion removal?
Most lesion removal procedures, including mole, lipoma, or cyst removal, are performed under local anesthesia. This means you are awake throughout the procedure.
When should a cyst be removed?
A cyst should be removed if it is causing you pain or continues to grow larger over time.
What does a lesion on the skin look like?
Skin lesions can have many different appearances but always look abnormal versus the skin around it.
Whats the difference between a lesion and a tumor?
A lesion is generally considered to be an area of the skin that is abnormal, meaning a lesion can be cancerous in nature.
How long does it take to remove a lesion?
Lesion removal can be very quick, taking only around 30 minutes. This depends on the size, technique, and anesthetic needs, however.
How do you get rid of lesions?
A board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist can perform a skin lesion removal procedure. For your safety, dont attempt to remove lesions at home.
When should I be concerned about a skin lesion?
Its always best to err on the side of caution with skin lesions. If you notice any changes or have concerns, check with your doctor.
Lesion Removal in Albany, NY
Are you ready to take the first step in reaching your skin goals? Learn more about this procedure or any of the other treatments by Dr. Kayastha by scheduling a consultation. Call us at 518-674-9060 or contact us online to get started today!