A medical consultation is required prior to the removal of any skin lesion.
Local anaesthetic is injected into the treatment area and the dermatologist or plastic surgeon removes a portion of skin using a precise surgical punch, scalpel, curette or blade, depending on the location and nature of the lesion. Once the tissue is removed it may be sent to a laboratory for further analysis.
Bruising may occur. Whenever the skin is cut, a scar will form and in some cases keloid scarring may occur.
A dressing will be applied and kept in place for 24 to 48 hours. Normally patients can return to work following a procedure.