Lesion Removal Specialist

Apopka Medical Center

Dean Behner, MD

Internal Medicine located in Apopka, FL

If you have an abnormal growth or skin lesion, ask Dr. Dean Behner to examine it and remove it, if necessary. Whether you need a simple excision or a more extensive procedure with a biopsy, you can count on Apopka Medical Center in Apopka, Florida. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today for a comprehensive skin exam and lesion removal.

Lesion Removal Q & A

What is a skin lesion?

Skin lesions are abnormal growths on your skin. They appear as lumps, sores, discolored patches, or rough patches of skin. In many cases, skin lesions are benign, although it’s possible that a lesion can indicate skin cancer, such as melanoma or basal or squamous cell carcinoma.

What is skin lesion removal?

Lesion removal is an outpatient procedure to get rid of abnormal growths. Dr. Behner performs lesion removal as in in-office procedure using a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort.

There are several different techniques that Dr. Behner can use, depending on the location and size of your growth.

Shave excision

Dr. Behner uses the shave excision technique to remove lesions that rise above your skin. After numbing the area, he uses a small scalpel to shave away the outermost layers of skin. This procedure often supplies a biopsy sample to screen for skin cancer.

Simple scissor excision

Another technique he can use to remove lesions that rise above your skin is a simple scissor excision. He grasps your lesion with small forceps and pulls it up gently. Then using small surgical scissors he cuts around and under the lesion. As with the shave incision, you won’t need stitches following this removal procedure.

Skin excision- full thickness

If your lesion extends into your skin, Dr. Behner uses an excision technique to scoop the growth out of your skin. He usually removes a thin layer of normal skin cells to ensure he has taken out the entire lesion.

Curettage and electrodessiccation

The curettage and electrodesiccation procedure is similar to a traditional excision procedure for a large lesion, except that Dr. Behner uses a high-frequency electrical loop to cut around the lesion.

Laser excision

When possible, Dr. Behner uses laser lesion removal techniques to treat small and delicate areas. He uses lasers to remove warts, moles, and noncancerous growths.

Cryotherapy

Cryotherapy uses freezing temperatures to freeze and destroy lesions. This technique is often used on a wart or an actinic keratosis.

Why would I need lesion removal?

There are many reasons you might need a lesion removal procedure. You may choose to have moles, warts, or other benign growths removed for cosmetic reasons. Or you may need a biopsy to check a growth for cancerous cells. In many cases, Dr. Behner uses lesion removal procedures to remove cancerous or precancerous cells to protect your health.

If you have an abnormal skin growth, call the office or book an appointment online to meet with Dr. Behner for diagnosis and lesion removal.