What are skin lesions?
By Steven Namihas, M.D.
Our skin is subject to many types of lesions. Most are benign, but some can be malignant. It can be difficult at times to tell the difference without removing the lesion and having it examined by a pathologist.
Skin lesions can be removed at Hilltop Medical Clinic if they are causing discomfort, or if there is a concern for skin cancer. They can also be removed for cosmetic reasons, though this may not be covered by insurance. Removal of skin lesions is usually done after injecting a local anesthetic and applying a disinfectant solution.
Benign Skin Lesions
These are scaly, brown lesions, which often appear to be stuck onto the skin surface. They commonly appear on the trunk of older adult patients. Treatment may not be necessary unless they become irritated. Patients may want them removed for cosmetic reasons. Removal can be accomplished using curettage, which involves scraping the upper skin surface with a sharp instrument called a curette.