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Skin Cancer and Biopsies

In the United States, more than 500,000 new cases of skin cancer are reported each year, and the incidence is rising faster than any other type of cancer. While skin cancers can be found on any part of the body, about 80 percent appear on the face, head, or neck, where they can be disfiguring as well as dangerous.

As a plastic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Lesesne removes hundreds of skin cancers each year including squamous cell, basal cell, and melanoma. A correspondent with the Skin Cancer Foundation and the American Cancer Institute, Dr. Lesesne’s experience and expertise allow him to remove skin cancers with minimal scarring, while preserving the form and function of the infected area.

Our Chief Pathologist is Dr. Cynthia Magro, renowned Attending Pathologist at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and Faculty Distinguished Professor in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. In order to ensure that all our patients samples are read with the highest level of expertise, we send not only our New York patients’ samples to Dr. Magro, but those of our London and Westchester patients as well.

Mole, Cyst, and Lipoma Removal

In addition to skin cancer removal, Dr. Lesesne regularly performs excisions (removal) of skin growths, including lipomas, moles, cysts, and keloids. Depending on medical 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 surgical suite on Park Avenue in New York City.

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that is most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. Lipomas feel doughy and move readily with slight finger pressure. Lipomas are not cancerous and are not a threat to your overall health. However, over time, lipomas can move deeper into the muscle and cause pain and discomfort that impedes overall physical activity. In that case the lipoma should be removed. All specimens are then sent to our pathologist to confirm that the tissue is benign.

A mole is a genetic irregularity in the skin, a collection of multiple pigmented skin cells, or a viral irritation. Moles can be removed for cosmetic reasons and or because of concern that irregular moles may contain cancerous cells. When removing moles on the face and body, Dr. Lesesne uses his training and experience as a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to minimize the resulting scar. All specimens are then sent to our pathologist to confirm that 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 semi-solid substance and vary in size. Cysts are typically a result of infection or the clogging of sebaceous glands. While some cysts will disappear without treatment, others should be drained and surgically removed or treated with medication to prevent the spread of infection.

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 with a combination of medication, surgery (to remove the scar tissue), and silicone pads to aid in recovery.

This website is for informational purposes only. It does not replace the consultation of a plastic surgeon or other medical professional. It does not constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Information on this website is not a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment of any medical condition.

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