Benign skin lesions are the umbrella term used to describe many types of skin bumps and lumps. At your skin consultation, you’ll be advised what type of skin lesion you have. depending on the type of lesion it is, the kind of treatment can be discussed. Here are some benign skin lesions; cysts, skin tags, corn, keratosis and calluses.
What are the symptoms of benign skin lesions?
Some lesions can be Itchy, unsightly, painful and in some cases may obstruct function or get caught and bleed during activities depending on the size and location of the lesion.
When should I consider getting a benign lesion removed?
Benign lesions don’t need to be removed, but you may want to remove them if they cause you any issues or if you opt for cosmetic removal. You can be advised to remove some lesions if they can potentially develop into cancerous lesions.
What treatments are available?
Benign skin lesions are growths that appear on the skin and can be caused by a variety of factors such as sun exposure, genetics, and underlying medical conditions. Depending on the type of lesion, your doctor may recommend one of several types of removal procedures. These include partial removal, where your surgeon ‘shaves’ off the lesion to reduce its size; full excisional surgery, where the entire lesion is removed; or cryotherapy, where liquid nitrogen is used to freeze and destroy the tissue. Each procedure has its own set of risks and benefits, so it’s important to discuss these during your consultation before making a decision.