Skin Lesions Explained
What is a skin lesion?
A skin lesion is an umbrella term that refers to an area of skin with an abnormality that is different from the surrounding skin, whether that be in shape, size or colour. Skin lesions can be found on or just below the skin. The majority of lesions are benign which means they are non cancerous and harmless, however in some cases they can be a sign of something more serious.
There are a number of different types of skin lesions, and they vary in size, shape and characteristics. They can be there since birth or develop over time, and a number of factors can cause them to appear.
Here at Victoria House Clinic we can help treat a number of different skin lesions, with our expert removal procedures. All of our removal procedures are done under local anaesthetic and carried out by our Medical Director; Dr George Filobbos, who is an esteemed Consultant Plastic & Reconstructive Surgeon.
What are the different types of skin lesions?
Moles: This is one of the most common skin lesions that can appear on the body. A mole is a skin growth that develops when pigmented cells grow in groups and they typically appear as small marks or bumps.
Skin Cysts: This is another common lesion, that is typically harmless. A cyst is a round lump that grows just underneath the skin often containing fluid or pus. They vary in size and can grow from the size of a pea to several centimetres.
Lipoma: Another type of lesion that can appear on the body are lipomas, which are soft, fatty lumps that grow underneath the skin. They too are typically harmless and are not usually painful.
Skin Tags: A skin tag is a soft, skin-coloured growth that appears on the skin. They can often look like they are hanging off the skin and are typically harmless. They often grow in areas where your skin folds.
Warts: A wart is a small lump on the skin that can feel firm and rough. They typically appear on palms, knuckles, fingers and knees and are usually skin coloured. Warts are not harmful but can sometimes cause irritation.
Whilst the majority of these skin lesions are benign and typically harmless, you should be getting any new growths or lumps professionally examined.
Can I get a skin lesion removed?
Yes, many people opt to get skin lesions they are unhappy with removed, whether that’s for cosmetic or medical reasons. The majority of our removal procedures are done with an excision method. This is where the surgeon will take a surgical blade and make a small incision into the area before removing or cutting away the lesion.
As mentioned, this will be done under local anaesthetic. Meaning you will be awake during the surgery but the area will be numbed so you won’t feel any pain. Our removal procedures are pretty non-invasive so you can expect a quick and effective recovery time.
To get started with a removal procedure you will first need to book a consultation with our doctor where he will assess the area of concern, talk you through the procedure & answer any questions you might have. Should there be a need for further testing for anything that appears abnormal then this will also be discussed with you.
We’re now taking consultation bookings for removal consultations with Dr George Filobbos, so if one of these treatments is of interest to you and you would like to find out more information then please do give us a call on 0121 389 5777 and we will get this booked in for you.
Different Removal Procedures
Already know what removal procedure you would like to proceed with? Take a look at the relevant links below to find out more about the specific treatment and what you can expect from the procedure: