Surgical treatment is performed under a local anaesthetic, delivered by an injection into the skin. Removal of the affected area can be performed via a number of procedures.:
- Cutting out and stitching
- Curetting; a sharp instrument scrapes out the area
- Biopsy; a small piece of skin is taken for diagnosis
- Freezing; by the use of liquid nitrogen spray
Pathology testing is conducted on the removed skin to confirm the diagnosis and/or the adequacy of treatment. Freezing is used for treatment of sun spots and some skin cancers in their early stages. Local anaesthetic is often not needed for this procedure.
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The diagnosis and treatment of skin conditions should ONLY be carried out by suitably qualified Medical Practitioners The opinions expressed herein are those solely of Dr Alan Segal.