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Skin Lesion Removal

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by Chwistek M

What to Expect

Prior to Procedure

Generally, no special preparation is required.


Local anesthesia will be used. It will make the area numb.

How Long Will It Take?

This depends on which procedure is used. Most are completed within 5-20 minutes.

Will It Hurt?

Anesthesia prevents pain during the procedure. You may have some pain at the surgery site after the procedure.

Post-procedure Care

Keep the area clean and dry. Keep it covered with a sterile bandage for 1-2 days. If stickers were placed, they will fall off on their own in about a week.
Ask your doctor about when it is safe to shower, bathe, or soak in water. Pat the wound dry after you have washed it with a mild soap. Do not submerge the wound in water until it is well-healed.
Take pain medicine if necessary.
Stitches will be left in the skin for 3-14 days, depending on where they are located.
Be sure to follow your doctor's instructions .


American Academy of Dermatology

Skin Cancer Foundation



BC Cancer Agency

Canadian Dermatology Association



American Academy of Dermatology website. Available at: .

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