Skin Lesion Removal
Many patients that visit Déjà Vu have unwanted moles, growths, bumps, or other skin lesions that they would like to have removed. Dèjá Vu is a full-service medical clinic with skilled registered nurses, nurse practitioners and a physician that can treat most skin lesions in the office. Dr. Manley and clinical staff has many years of experience doing minor skin procedures on the face and anywhere else on the body. Complex lesions are referred to a plastic surgeon.
There are many types of skin lesions that we routinely remove at Déjà Vu. Some of the more common include:
Moles, also called nevi, begin as growths of melanocytes, the cells that give the skin its color. Virtually all of us have at least a few moles. Sometimes they are present at birth but most develop during childhood. The size and color of moles may change during puberty or pregnancy. Sun exposure can increase the number of moles that a patient may have. Most moles are benign and can easily be removed in the office. Before removal Dr. Manley and the nurse practitioners examine all lesions for signs of cancer.
If lesions are elevated above skin level they can usually be removed by shaving them off flush with the skin. This procedure is quick, safe, easy and usually results in a perfectly smooth area with little if any evidence that the lesion was ever there. No sutures (stitches) are necessary. We routinely remove raised lesions on from all areas of the body including on the face, nose, and eyelids.
Flat lesions usually require an excision through the skin and closure with sutures. We can do these procedures anywhere on the body including the face. If a lesion is particularly complicated we will not hesitate to refer a patient to a plastic surgeon for removal. We remove small facial lesions under magnification and close the opening with very tiny sutures to give the best results.
These are very common lesions that tend to occur in areas where the skin rubs together such as under the arms, between the legs, and on the eyelids. We remove skin tags from any location with excellent results. We anesthetized each one to minimize pain.
We treat warts in a variety of ways. We usually try a simple injection of Candida yeast immediately adjacent to the wart to trick the body’s immune system into clearly the wart itself. This works in about 60-70% of patients and makes the wart go away without any cutting, burning, or freezing. If the Candida fails after two attempts we will use the older methods to rid our patient of their warts. We are careful to avoid techniques that could cause loss of pigmentation or scarring.