Skin & Aesthetic Surgery of Manhattan
Michelle Henry, MD
Board Certified Dermatologist located in Midtown East, Manhattan, NY
What are Benign Removals and Excisions?
Benign removals and excisions refer to medical procedures aimed at removing non-cancerous growths or lesions from the skin or underlying tissues. These growths, also known as benign tumors or skin lesions, are typically harmless but might cause discomfort, aesthetic concerns, or potential irritation. The removal process involves a surgical excision to extract the growth safely.
Benign Removal and Excision Q & A
On Which Areas do Benign Removals and Excisions Take Place?
Benign removals and excisions can take place on various areas of the body, including:
- Face: Growth removals on the face, such as moles or skin tags, are common for cosmetic reasons or when the growths pose irritation risks.
- Body: Growth removals can also occur on the body, including the neck, chest, back, arms, and legs, depending on the location of the benign growths.
Who is a Candidate for Benign Removals and Excisions?
Candidates for benign removals and excisions include individuals with:
- Skin Lesions: People with benign growths, such as moles, skin tags, cysts, or lipomas, that cause discomfort or cosmetic concerns.
- Irritation or Pain: Those experiencing irritation, pain, or discomfort due to benign growths rubbing against clothing or getting caught.
- Suspicious Growth: Individuals with a benign growth that is changing in size, color, shape, or appearance, which may require evaluation to rule out any potential concerns.
How Long Do Benign Removals and Excisions Take?
The duration of benign removals and excisions varies based on factors like the size, location, and type of growth being removed. Generally, the procedure can be completed within a short timeframe, ranging from a few minutes to about half an hour.
Are Benign Removals and Excisions Painful?
Benign removals and excisions are performed with a topical numbing agent to ensure patient comfort during the procedure. While the area is numbed, patients might feel a mild pressure or tugging sensation during the removal process. Post-procedure discomfort is typically minimal and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
How Can I Prepare for Benign Removals and Excisions?
To prepare for a benign removal or excision procedure, consider the following steps:
- Consultation: Schedule a consultation with Dr. Henry to discuss your concerns and evaluate the growth's characteristics.
- Medical History: Inform Dr. Henry of your medical history, including any allergies, medications, or previous surgeries.
- Follow Instructions: Follow any pre-procedure instructions given by the medical professional, such as avoiding certain medications or fasting if required.
- Comfortable Clothing: Wear loose, comfortable clothing to allow easy access to the removal area.
Benign removals and excisions are safe and effective procedures to address non-cancerous growths that may cause discomfort or aesthetic concerns. These procedures are generally quick, well-tolerated, and provide relief from irritation or cosmetic issues. To determine if a benign removal or excision is appropriate for your needs, consult with Dr. Henry who can provide personalized guidance based on your unique situation.