As former Division Head of Plastic Surgery at Trillium Health Centre for more than 15 years, Dr. Michael J. Weinberg has experience treating all types of skin lesions. Because of his expertise, he is able to remove even large lesions with special techniques that allow for highly satisfying results. Some lesions, including some brown spots or red spots (angiomas) can be treated without surgical removal, with treatments like IPL (intense pulsed light therapy), laser treatment, or certain topical medications. When the lesion is concerning from a medical point of view, Dr. Weinberg will recommend it be removed so that the tissue can be analyzed under a microscope to make a diagnosis.
Before the removal of any mole, it is important to ensure that it is not an early skin cancer or other concerning problem. Features that raise concern about a skin lesion are enlargement over time, irregular pigment, very dark pigment, and change in pigment over time. It is necessary to bring any such changes to medical attention right away.
If the lesion is benign, it can be removed for cosmetic purposes. These lesions are removed by means of small incisions after treatment with local anesthetic on an outpatient basis. Dr. Weinberg will usually recommend the treated area be kept clean and moist with the help of a dressing and either Polysporin or Cicaplast ointment.
Scar revision is another treatment offered by Dr. Weinberg. Many individuals have been left with scars from accidents or prior surgeries. Sometimes the appearance of scars can be improved by non-surgical methods. For example, scars that are persistently red may respond to laser treatment. The same is true for stretch marks that are red or pink. Laser, or deep chemical peels, and even injectable fillers can improve the look of some acne scars. Raised scars, called keloids, can respond to injections of steroid medication. Others can only be improved surgically. As with all surgical procedures, there are possible complications that can occur with mole & scar removal. Potential complications specific to your surgery will be discussed in detail at your consultation. For a discussion of general risks of surgery, review Dr. Weinberg’s Your First Visit page.