Excision is a procedure to remove a lesion from the skin. The lesion may be benign or cancerous; it may be an abnormal lump, bump, mole, sore, ulcer, or colored area of the skin. Some types of benign growths may look suspicious and are removed to check whether it is benign or malignant. Excisions of cancerous growths are important to prevent any potential cancer from spreading in the body.
Moles are clusters of pigmented cells on the skin that appear as dark spots and may vary in size or color. The most common moles are dark, consistent in color, and often raised above the skin. In most cases, moles are harmless, however, moles can become precancerous needing surgical removal. Some people choose to remove moles for cosmetic reasons using surgery or a laser. Depending on the size and type of mole, the mole surgery procedure is usually quick and the patient will have little to no recovery time needed.
Warts are skin growths that are not cancerous but are caused when a virus, called human papillomavirus (HPV), infects the top layer of the skin. Warts are very contagious and can be spread easily by touching skin or surfaces that have been in contact with the wart. Although most warts are harmless, wart removal may be required if the wart becomes painful or spreads. Wart removal treatment varies depending on the type of wart.
Our practice treats various toe and nail problems under or around the nail bed. This includes nail fungus, ingrown toenails, warts, tumors, cysts or psoriasis of the nails. When necessary, we can surgically remove or repair the nail in our office. Sometimes a biopsy of a lesion around the nail unit is necessary, which we can also perform under local anesthesia in the office.