Benign Lesion Removal in Oakville, Ontario

What Is a Benign Lesion?

In dermatology, the term “skin lesion” can apply to almost any change in the skin’s appearance, colour, texture or structure.* In most cases, benign lesions are harmless; however, patients sometimes want to have lesions removed because they find them uncomfortable or dislike the way they look.

If you notice any of the concerns discussed below, feel free to schedule a consultation at ICLS Dermatology and Plastic Surgery. We enjoy every opportunity to improve a patient’s life and self-image!

What Types of Benign Lesions Exist?

Common benign lesions include:

Keep in mind that this list is not exhaustive, and benign lesions come in a variety of forms. As we mentioned earlier, “lesions” can describe any abnormality that you notice on your skin. Please never hesitate to get in touch with a doctor if you have any concerns or questions.

How Can I Tell a Benign Lesion from a Malignant Lesion?

In general, a good rule to remember for detecting malignant lesions is the “ABCDE” rule.* When examining a lesion you are concerned about, pay attention to these factors:

  • Asymmetry
  • Border
  • Colour
  • Diameter
  • Evolving

It is important to note that not all melanomas exhibit these characteristics. Ultimately, new skin lesions, changes to existing lesions or any other types of skin irregularities should be evaluated by a professional. Blood tests, x-rays, biopsies and other procedures can help detect signs of melanoma. Additionally, ICLS was among the first clinics to use the Fotofinder dermoscope for mole mapping, which allows Dr. Sapra to keep long-term track of any changes that may appear in lesions.

How Are Benign Lesions Treated?

Many types of benign lesions exist, and our team at ICLS is proficient in many potential solutions. For example, cautery can address skin tags, milia and other benign lesions by destroying tissue with electric currents. Meanwhile, a variety of lasers – such as the excel® V, StarWalker® and enlighten® systems – can be used to combat lesions for many individuals without requiring major surgery. Certain chemical peels, topical creams and skincare products from our Skin Store can also be very effective in treating benign lesions.

Larger or more persistent lesions may require more intensive procedures, such as the punch or shave excision techniques. The former option involves the removal of the lesion with a small, circular cutting tool,* while the latter uses a scalpel or electrode to target the lesion.* If Dr. Sapra determines a more involved surgery is needed to meet your goals, you may be directed to consult with Dr. Khanna, our plastic surgeon, about your additional options.

How Much Does it Cost to Remove a Benign Lesion?

Just as treatment options for benign skin lesions at our practice vary, so does pricing for these procedures. Our team will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan and aim to address your every skin and/or aesthetic concern. Please feel free to contact ICLS with any questions about financing your care.

For more information about diagnosing and treating benign skin lesions, contact ICLS today.

Medical References*

Cleveland Clinic
American Academy of Dermatology