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Body Lesion Excision according to Seattle Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Lisa Lynn Sowder

Various skin lesions on the body can be an unsightly nuisance or even a discomfort if they are irritated by clothing.  The most common skin lesions include moles, skin tags, cysts, lipomas, keratoses and dermatofibromas. Most skin lesions can be excised under local anesthesia and patients can drive themselves home.  More than one lesion can be removed at a time. My record is 28 moles in one session. The patient and I listened to the entirety of Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon during the case!

It’s best to get to these pesky intruders early.  Most lesions, even benign one, tend to grow over time.  It is a lot easier (and less expensive) to remove a lipoma the size of a grape as opposed to the same lipoma 10 years hence when it is the size of an lemon.  Sooooooo, attention all procrastinators, come on in for a consultation.  I’ll give you my recommendations and if appropriate, we can come up with a treatment plan.

If any of the lesions look suspicious for skin cancer, I send them for microscopic examination by a pathologist.

Recovery is usually rapid. I remove the stitches in 1 -2 weeks and then start the patient on a scar reduction program. I do ask that patients take it easy for a few days to reduce pain, bruising and swelling.