Skin lesions on the face are common but since Australia has the highest rate of skin cancer in the world, it pays to get lesions checked when they appear. Removal of a benign skin lesion such as a skin tag, wart or mole is usually painless and improves the appearance of the skin.
In some cases, a lesion may be cancerous and should be removed as soon as possible. If the cancer is a melanoma, the area around the lesion will also be removed. The amount of tissue removed will depend on the thickness of the tumour.
How long will it take?
Removal of a single skin lesion or cancer can usually be completed within 20 minutes.
Facial lesions and some skin cancers can be removed with a local anaesthetic at our clinic or in hospital under a general anaesthetic.
Post surgery care
If you have a skin lesion or cancer removed it’s important to keep the area clean and dry. You should keep it covered with a sterile bandage for 1-2 days. If stitches were required, these will usually be left in for up to 14 days depending on the severity of the surgery. You will need to return to the rooms to have these removed or in some instances you can have your General Medical Practitioner remove them.