Skin Cancer and Biopsies
Lipoma and Mole Excision
In addition to skin cancer removal, Dr. Lesesne regularly performs excisions (removal) of lipomas, moles, cysts, and keloids. Depending on medically necessity, treatment for these conditions is usually covered (or reimbursed) by insurance. The procedures take 30 minutes or less with little to no pain. All excisions are performed in our accredited Park Avenue surgical suite.
A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. Lipomas feels doughy and moves readily with slight finger pressure. Lipomas are not cancerous and do not cause a threat to your overall health. However, over time lipomas can move deeper into the muscle and cause pain and discomfort that impedes your overall physical activity. In this case the lipoma should be removed for medical necessity. All specimens will be sent to our pathologist to confirm the tissue is benign.
A mole is a genetic irregularities in the skin, a collection of multiple pigmented skin cells, or a viral irritation. Our patients choose to remove moles for cosmetic reasons and fears of irregular moles containing cancerous cells. When removing moles on the face and body, Dr. Lesesne uses his skill and training as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to minimize the line of tension to have a better scar outcome. All specimens will be sent to our pathologist to confirm the tissue is benign.
A cyst is an abnormal, sac-like structure that can be found anywhere in the body. Cysts usually contain a liquid, or semisolid substance and vary in size. Cysts are typically a result of infection or the clogging of sebaceous glands. Some cysts will disappear without treatment, however, many should be drained or treated to prevent the spread of infection. Cysts can be surgically removed or treated with medication.
A keloid is an abnormal response to injury, an area of scar tissue that grows beyond its natural boundaries. Although keloids are not harmful, they can present the need for cosmetic correction. Dr. Lesesne treats keloids using a combination of medication, surgery (to remove the scar tissue), and silicone pads to aid in recovery.