Many various forms of skin lesions can be surgically removed for cosmetic reasons. While skin lesion removal is usually advised if the lesion shows indications of skin cancer, such as changing color or shape, many of these lesions are removed even if they are benign or non-cancerous.

Other skin lesions can be unusual, painful, lumpy, or irritating. Some of them may be malignant. To be certain that a lesion removed is not malignant or cancerous, your dermatologist may recommend a biopsy.

Possible Risks And Complications Of A Skin Surgery

Before undergoing skin surgery, it is important to know that there are possible risks and complications that may happen just like in any other surgery.

  • Scarring

    Scarring is common in any surgery. To help lighten scars, patients may use prescribed topical silicone gel, petroleum-based ointments, or a vitamin A derivative topical ointment.

  • Infection

    Signs of infection include swelling, redness, tenderness, and pus discharge. Sometimes, an antibiotic medication after a procedure is prescribed to help prevent an infection from occurring at the surgical site.

  • Bleeding

    To control the bleeding at the surgical site, chemicals such as aluminum chloride hexahydrate can be applied to the wound or electrocautery can be used.

  • Recurrence

    Even after the removal of the lesion, sometimes it can still grow back.

  • Nerve damage

    Although usually not permanent, it is possible for some nerves to get damaged or be affected by the procedure, therefore, causing numbness.

  • Keloid formation

    A keloid is an unusually raised scar that grows beyond the borders of the wound site.

Indications For Skin Surgery

Either for medical or cosmetic purposes, skin surgery procedures are for patients with skin lesions, growths, or tumors on the skin, including the following:

  • Angiofibroma
  • Skin tags or other lesions that have a stalk-like appearance
  • Dermatofibroma
  • Genital warts
  • Precancerous lesions
  • Unsightly skin lesions
  • Cancerous lesions such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma

Abnormal growths or lesions developing on your skin?

Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for an accurate diagnosis of your skin’s condition and a personalised treatment plan.

Skin Surgery Aftercare

Based on your dermatologist’s post-treatment evaluation of your skin condition, here are some of the following aftercare instructions that may be recommended for you.

  • Avoid Strenuous Activity

    Try to avoid strenuous exercise for 2 weeks after the procedure or until your dermatologist says it is okay.

  • Avoid skin products and makeup

    If you have had a lesion removed from your face, do not use makeup or beauty products near your wound.

  • Avoid Consumption of Medicine

    Your dermatologist will tell you if and when you can restart stopped medications such as blood thinners. Take any new medications prescribed according to instructions.

  • Wound Care

    Aside from keeping it clean, you can keep the wound moist by applying petroleum jelly and covering it with a bandage to help it heal properly and avoid scarring.

  • Avoid Sun Exposure

    Exposing your wound or a fresh scar to sunlight can worsen it. Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen on your scar if sunlight is unavoidable.

Dr Noor Hanif Said

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

Over 20 years of experience
in medical, Surgical & aesthetic Dermatology

  • Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS, Singapore)
  • Membership of the Royal College of Physicians (MRCP, United Kingdom)
  • Fellow Of The Academy of Medicine, Singapore (FAMS, Dermatology)

Prior to starting his private practice at Mount Elizabeth Novena Specialist Centre, Dr Hanif was a dermatologist at the National Skin Centre and a Visiting Consultant with the Khoo Teck Puat Hospital Dermatology Service.

Apart from his expertise in the management of general dermatological problems such as eczema, psoriasis, hair loss and acne, he has special interests in pigmentary disorders and aesthetic dermatology.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    How long does skin surgery take?

    This usually depends on which procedure is performed. However, most skin surgeries are quick and simple and are completed within 20-30 minutes.

    Does skin surgery hurt?

    Anesthesia, either local or topical, is often given to prevent you from feeling any pain during the procedure. You may experience some discomfort and pain at the surgery site after the procedure but this can be reduced or resolved with some pain relievers.