can be performed to treat
- Birthmarks (if they are not suspected of being malignant)
- Lipomas (fatty tumors)
- Sebaceous cysts (trichilemmal cysts)
- Reactions to insect bites (benign fibrous histiocytoma)
must be performed to treat
- Suspected basal-cell carcinoma
- Suspected malignant melanoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
When a procedure is performed, you receive local anesthetic so that the pathological skin lesion can be removed pain-free. Afterwards the wound is stitched, and in doing so we always work towards the best possible aesthetic outcome. The tissue we remove is sent to a laboratory for tests.
The therapeutic approaches we use include photodynamic therapy, a relatively new way of removing precancerous skin and superficial basal-cell carcinomas. This method allows larger areas of skin to be treated without leaving scars — a major advantage. It involves applying a special salve that contains aminolevulinic acid and letting it penetrate the skin tissue for four to six hours under an airtight bandage. Afterwards the areas in question are treated with infrared light. 7-10 days later, the old skin peels off, and the skin underneath regenerates itself. In general, two sessions are needed to treat precancerous areas, while basal-cell carcinoma requires some three sessions at intervals of two weeks.