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Skin Cancer and Biopsies

Skin Cancer Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery
Skin Cancer Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery
In the United States, there are 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.

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

Our Chief Pathologist, Dr. Cynthia Magro, is also chief dermapathlogist at New York Hospital. This is to ensure a high level of expertise in reading your specimen. Uniquely, we offer this service 
to our London and Mt. Kisco patients.  

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.  

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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