Diagnosis and Treatment of Skin Lesions
Diagnosing skin lesions can be challenging. Dr. Rodwell has extensive experience performing biopsies and diagnosing benign and cancerous lesions. The good news is that most skin lesions are indeed benign, which means they are not skin cancer. When that is the case, Dr. Rodwell can remove them himself and take care of the cosmetic aspect of the process at the same time – making sure that your skin looks as normal as possible.
When a lesion is found to be skin cancer, however, he works closely with a dermatologist with expertise in the Mohs surgery technique for the removal of the cancer.
Sometimes, the dermatologist can perform a simple repair to the area where a cancer was removed, but in many cases, a more complex reconstruction is performed, especially around the sensitive areas of the face, eyelids, and nose. This is why they refer patients back to surgeons like Dr. Rodwell for Skin Cancer Reconstruction.
Why consider Diagnosis and Removal of Skin Lesions with Dr. Rodwell?
Dr. Rodwell is skilled at diagnosing and removing all types of benign skin lesions, including:
- Seborrheic keratoses
- Sebaceous hyperplasia
- Cherry angioma
- Skin tags
- Liver spots
Dr. Rodwell’s Approach to Diagnosis and Removal of Skin Lesions
Once Dr. Rodwell has diagnosed the skin lesion, which may require a biopsy, he will determine if he can remove it himself or if you need to be referred to a dermatologist for a specialized technique for removal. If he is to perform the removal himself, he will then devise a surgical plan that is appropriate for the type of lesion you have.
He will let you know what to expect and whether you need to take off any time from work. Usually, biopsy and removal of these types of skin lesions can easily be performed in the office, and no significant downtime is required after skin lesion removal.
What to Expect After Diagnosis and Removal of Skin Lesions
Every case is different, but most people can continue with their normal activities immediately after the removal of one or more skin lesions. Dr. Rodwell will provide you with complete post-operative instructions for healing, and he will monitor your progress during follow-up visits.
In some cases, you may experience slight bruising, tenderness, and swelling in the treated area. These symptoms should resolve quickly. Most people do not feel the need to take pain medication after this surgery, but you can do so, if necessary. Cold packs may be helpful in some cases as well.
If you are considering diagnosis and removal of skin lesions in Charleston, contact Dr. Rodwell today to discuss your candidacy.