The surgeon will incision the skin during surgical excision to access the affected tissue. The tissue is then carefully removed and sent to a laboratory for analysis. Depending on the results of the study, further treatment may be necessary.


Your doctor may recommend surgical excision if a skin lesion needs removal. This procedure involves cutting out the lesion and some surrounding tissue, which is then sent to a lab for testing.

Surgical excisions often remove skin cancers, such as:

  • Melanoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma

They can also be used to remove other types of skin growths, such as:

  • Moles
  • Cysts
  • Lipomas

You will be given a local anesthetic to numb the area during the procedure. Your doctor will then make a small incision around the lesion and remove it with some surrounding tissue. The incision will be closed with stitches, and a bandage will be placed over the area. After the procedure, you may experience pain and discomfort, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication. You should avoid strenuous activity for a few days and keep the area clean and dry.

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Preparing for Surgical Excision

Before undergoing a surgical excision, there are a few things you need to do to prepare for the procedure. Here are some essential steps to take:

Discuss the procedure with your surgeon

Ask any questions and ensure you understand the procedure, including the risks and benefits.

Follow pre-operative instructions

Your surgeon will provide specific instructions before the procedure. This may include fasting for a certain period or stopping certain medications.

Arrange for transportation

You cannot drive yourself home after the procedure, so arrange for someone to drive you.

Arrange for aftercare

You will need someone to help you at home for a few days after the procedure. Make sure you arrange for someone to help you with daily tasks.

Wear comfortable clothing

Wear loose, comfortable clothing on the day of the procedure. Avoid wearing any jewelry or accessories.

Bring necessary items

Bring any essential items, such as your insurance card and a list of medications you are currently taking.

By following these steps, you can ensure that you are prepared for your surgical excision procedure and that everything goes smoothly.

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Surgical Excision Procedure

When you undergo a surgical excision procedure, you can expect the following steps to be taken:

  • Anesthesia: Before the procedure begins, you will be given anesthesia to numb the area where the incision will be made. Depending on the size and location of the lesion, you may receive local, regional, or general anesthesia.
  • Incision: Once the anesthesia has taken effect, the surgeon will make an incision in the skin over the lesion. The size and shape of the incision will depend on the size and location of the lesion.
  • Removal: The surgeon will remove the lesion and a small amount of surrounding tissue. This tissue will be sent to a laboratory for analysis to determine if the lesion is cancerous.
  • Closure: The incision will be closed with stitches or staples. The type of closure used will depend on the size and location of the incision.
  • Dressing: A dressing will be applied to the incision site to protect it and promote healing.

Recovering From Surgical Excision

After the surgical excision, you will be taken to a recovery room and monitored until you are stable enough to go home. Your time in the recovery room will depend on your surgery and the anesthesia used. Once you are discharged, it is crucial to follow the post-operative instructions provided by your surgeon. This will help ensure a smooth and successful recovery. Some general tips for recovery after surgical excision include:

  • Take it easy: Avoid strenuous activity and lifting heavy objects for the first few days after surgery. This will help prevent any strain on the incision site and allow your body to heal.
  • Keep the incision site clean and dry: Keeping the site clean and dry is vital to prevent infection. Your surgeon will provide instructions on how to care for the incision site.
  • Take pain medication as prescribed: Your surgeon may prescribe pain medication to help manage any discomfort you experience after surgery. Taking this medication as prescribed is vital to ensure you are as comfortable as possible during your recovery.
  • Attend follow-up appointments: Your surgeon will schedule appointments to monitor your progress and properly ensure your healing. It is essential to attend these appointments to ensure a successful recovery.

Following your surgeon's instructions and caring for yourself can ensure a smooth and successful recovery!

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What Makes CVLC The Preferred Choice For Surgical Excision?

CVLC is a renowned medical center in Williamsville, NY, led by the dynamic duo of Dr. Daniel Buscaglia and Dr. Lisa Esler-Brauer. With over 20 years of experience, both board-certified dermatologists and phlebologists have established a reputation for excellence in surgical excision. The center offers many services, including laser treatments, advanced aesthetics, cosmetic dermatology, anti-aging skin rejuvenation, body contouring, and medical and cosmetic vein disorder treatments. With its expertise and state-of-the-art facilities, CVLC is the preferred choice for those seeking surgical excision procedures.

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