Surgery for Benign Lesions

Dr. Touma and his team have extensive knowledge and experience in skin surgery, allowing effective removal of moles, benign growths, and cysts while minimizing scarring and recurrence. Trust us to provide the best guidance and deliver exceptional results!

Depending on the benign skin lesion to be removed, you may experience one of the following procedures:

  • Partial removal, where our doctors ‘shave’ the lesion off at its base so it is at the level of the surrounding skin. This may be combined with a technique called cautery which seals the skin and stops bleeding. This method is used for lesions such as keratosis and skin tags.
  • Complete removal, where the entire lesion is surgically removed. Our doctors will remove the lesion and some of the tissue around it and you may need stitches afterwards. This is a technique used for lesions which are suspected to be cancerous.
  • Freezing (which involves freezing off the lesion with liquid nitrogen). Also known as cryotherapy it can be used to remove skin tags and keratosis. The liquid nitrogen is applied to the lesion for about 10 seconds. A blister will form which, when it falls off, will take the lesion with it.
  • Curettage is where our doctors will gently scoop away the lesion. It is often combined with cryotherapy or cautery.


1. What is a benign skin lesion?

Benign skin lesion is an umbrella term for a range of lumps and benign skin bumps including cysts, keratoses, skin tags, calluses and corns.

2. What are the symptoms of benign skin lesions?

Each benign skin growth makes its own mark on the skin and can be unsightly, itchy or in extreme cases an obstacle to free movement or function.

3. When should I seek treatment for a benign skin lesion?

Benign skin lesions are usually harmless and do not need to be removed. However, you may be advised to have a skin lesion removed if it interferes with your everyday life or it becomes cancerous.
You may also decide to have a skin lesion removed because you do not like the way that it looks.

4. How to treat a benign skin lesion?

Treatment will depend on the size of the lesion, how deep it is and where it is on your body. Benign skin lesion removal takes place under local anesthesia.

5. How long will skin lesion surgery take?

This depends on the technique being used and the extent of the lesion. You will be given an idea of how long your procedure will take at your preoperative assessment.

6. How long does skin lesion removal take to heal?

Scarring should be minimal and should fade significantly after three months.

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