Benign Skin Lesion Removal Melbourne

Mole, Skin Tag and Lipoma Removal

Benign skin lesions include moles, skin tags and lipomas. They are usually slow growing and of a cosmetic concern. 

Skin tags, also known as a fibroepithelial polyps, these small fleshy tags hang from the skin and typically occur on the trunk, armpit or groin. They vary in size and may cause discomfort from friction if caught on clothing.

Moles, also known as naevi, these are focal pigment cell growths in the skin. Typically raised and brown or black in colour, moles may be present from birth or develop throughout your life. If changing rapidly in size, shape or colour, they should be checked to exclude skin cancer.

Lipomas are slow-growing fat lumps that develop beneath skin or muscle. Often soft or rubbery, they are mobile under the skin and can be removed by surgical excision or liposuction.

Most lesions are removed under local anaesthesia as a day case, but if large or deep, the procedure may be performed whilst under sedation or general anaesthesia.

During removal, the lesion is marked, and area numbed and cleaned. Moles and skin tags are excised as an ellipse with a minimal margin, and lipomas are removed through a small incision directly over them. The surgical site is closed in layers with fine stitches and a dressing applied to support and protect the area.

Benign skin lesion removal improves the appearance and contour of the skin. It is typically a minor procedure with little downtime and a short recovery.

The length of the procedure varies according to the size and location of the lesion, and the incision heals within 1-2 weeks. A dressing is applied for the first 6 weeks, whilst the scar takes up to 18-months to mature. Typically, you are able to return to work on the day of or after your treatment, and it is best to refrain from driving or performing any tasks that could cause strain within the first 24 hours.

Serious complications are uncommon, and patients should allow for adequate recuperation time, if required.

Ideal candidates for benign skin lesion removal do not smoke, do not have a history of keloid scarring, are not taking blood-thinning medication and have realistic expectations.

Following benign skin lesion removal, it is important to maintain the results you have achieved. This maintenance will include living a healthy lifestyle and not smoking, as well as regular skin care and sun protection with a high SPF. 

Skin Lesion Removal Dr Jeremy Richardson


To schedule a consultation with Dr Jeremy Richardson regarding benign skin lesion (mole, skin tag and lipoma) procedures, contact us today on (03) 9486 6721.

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Dr Jeremy Richardson