Lumps & Bumps
The seriousness of lumps and bumps found on the face vary from the unsightly or inconvenient to lesions that are more significant. If an existing lump, bump or mole has recently changed appearance or if you are worried it is important to get it assessed right away.
If you are unhappy with the appearance of any lump or bump you can have them treated and/or removed. Some lesions such as lipomas, skin cysts, moles, skin tags and scars are no longer permitted to be removed in the public health system and it also worth noting that some health insurance companies have also ceased to subsidise the removal of some skin lesions. We recommend checking cover with your insurance provider if you are at all unsure.
What is the treatment for removing lumps and bumps?
The treatment offered largely depends where and what the lump or bump is. Lesions on the face are often removed with a small surgical procedure under local anaesthetic. The anaesthetic stings for a few seconds but then makes the area to be removed completely numb to pain. Most people feel some movement of the skin and perhaps a little pressure but comfort is always ensured so that a person is as relaxed as possible. The lesion removed is always sent away for microscopic examination. Small fine stitches will be used to minimise scaring on the face and these will be removed soon after surgery without discomfort. We will provide you with comprehensive advice as to how to look after the wound to further minimise scaring.
Skin Flaps and Reconstruction
In some cases an area of skin is missing once a lesion has been removed. This will require reconstruction and careful consideration is needed to establish the best option for that individual person. There are a number of options available including closing the skin edges together directly, leaving the skin to heal over by itself underneath a dressing (secondary intention healing), skin grafting and skin flaps. The best options will be discussed together with the advantages and disadvantages of each.