What are the surgical options for benign skin lesions?

Updated: Jan 30, 2020
  • Author: Ginard I Henry, MD; Chief Editor: Gregory Gary Caputy, MD, PhD, FICS  more...
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Surgical treatment of skin lesions primarily consists of total excision of the mass (with a variable amount of ‘normal’ skin periphery depending on the indications) or a partial tissue sampling of the lesion (with variability in regard to depth, location, and percentage of total lesion). Excision of a presumed benign lesion accomplishes 2 goals: accurate tissue diagnosis and removal of visual insult to the patient.

Small benign lesions of the skin can be excised easily. If the lesions are small (generally < 2 cm) and are not located in an anatomically sensitive area (ie, periorbita, ear, white roll of the lip), they can be surgically excised by a practitioner without an extensive surgical background. Good surgical technique gives the best chance of avoiding recurrence and a favorable aesthetic outcome.

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