Cosmetic lesion removal refers to the removal of skin lumps and bumps. These lesions can be either benign or malignant and may be due to a variety of causes, including:
There are many reasons why patients seek out Dr. Liu for lesion removal. For the majority, the appearance of the lesion does not make them feel confident in their appearance. For others, it may be a lesion that they are concerned about, but with a lesion on the face, want to be sure that the lesion is removed by an experienced oculofacial plastic surgeon that can minimize any scarring. Dr. Liu is one of the most highly sought after oculofacial plastic surgeons for her ability to remove the lesion while minimizing any unsightly scarring.
Selecting the right cosmetic surgeon is a choice that you live with for years, if not your entire life. A successful procedure will make you feel more like yourself and give you greater confidence for years to come. On the other hand, selecting the wrong surgeon increases your chances of having poor results, which can lead to additional costs, time, and heartache.
When choosing your surgeon, there are a few key points to keep in mind:
The short answer is – it depends. Depending on where the lesion is located and the complexity of removing it, anything from local anesthesia for a procedure in Dr. Liu’s procedure room to sedation at an off-site surgery center may be utilized.
It is difficult to provide pricing before a patient has had a consultation with Dr. Liu. The cost of a procedure can vary depending on what a patient needs and what the surgery will entail. More importantly, many patients come to Dr. Liu believing that they need a certain procedure, only to find out during the consultation that a different procedure will provide a better outcome. Dr. Liu believes that patients should be able to speak with their physician before experiencing any out of pocket expense, which is why consultations with Dr. Liu are complimentary.
The specific techniques that Dr. Liu uses will be selected based on the size and location of the lesion and on your individual anatomy. Some lesions can be shaved off or removed with radiofrequency without needing any sutures. Other lesions require a surgical excision of the lesion and surrounding tissues with reconstruction and closure with sutures. Because Dr. Liu has such specialized training, she has access to a number of techniques that are not utilized by most other doctors, and she will tailor these techniques to get the best outcome for you.
Lesion removal typically takes about 30 minutes – 1 hour from start to finish.
Lesion removal may have scarring depending on the type of lesion that needs to be removed and the technique used in the procedure. Dr. Liu will advise you as to what the best option is to balance complete removal of the lesion and minimize scarring.
It is important to remember that while all surgery carries some risks, even when performed by the most highly trained surgeon and at the best facilities. Below are some of the more common risks associated with lesion removal:
The likelihood of serious complications arising from the procedure is typically influenced by both the surgeon’s skill as well as the patient’s individual response to the surgery. Certain severe risks or complications can be avoided by cooperating fully and completely following your surgeon’s instructions. With patience, a willingness to cooperate, and a qualified surgeon, the complications from lesion removal and any associated risks can be dramatically reduced.