Minor Skin Procedure Specialist

Julio Navarro, MD -  - Family Medicine

Horizons Family Practice

Julio Navarro, MD

Family Medicine located in Newark, DE

As the largest and most exposed organ of your body, your skin is prone to a variety of issues, ranging from lacerations to different types of lesions. Julio Navarro, MD and the top-rated team of physicians at Horizons Family Practice in Newark, Delaware, provide comprehensive care for minor skin issues of all kinds. Whether you have a deep cut that needs stitches or an irritating wart or mole that needs to be removed, they can help. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Minor Skin Procedure Q & A

What are skin lesions?

Skin lesions are very common and can vary from benign to malignant. Any abnormal bump, ulcer, sore, or pigmented area on your skin is considered a lesion, including moles, warts, and skin tags.

Moles, or small pigmented spots which may be flat and smooth or rough and raised, can occur anywhere on your body. Warts, which develop when a virus infects the top layer of your skin, can spread easily. Actinic keratosis, another familiar skin lesion that typically appears in the form of small crusty bumps, are caused by long-term sun exposure.

How are skin lesions removed?

Whether you want to remove a lesion for cosmetic reasons, health reasons, or simply because they feel irritating, the team at Horizons Family Practice has the skill and expertise to get the job done safely, effectively, and with minimal discomfort.  

Lesion removal is an in-office procedure that’s usually done with a local anesthetic. The type, location, and size of your lesion help determine the removal method that’s best for you. Usual removal methods include:

Shave excision

Mainly used for mounded lesions, shave excision uses a sharp blade to precisely shave down and cut out the bump. Scissor excision, a similar method, may be the best option for more pronounced raised lesions.

Laser excision

Useful for treating moles, warts, age spots, and benign or precancerous skin lesions, laser excision uses precise laser energy to heat the lesion’s cells until they burst.

Cryotherapy

This technique effectively destroys skin lesions by freezing them with liquid nitrogen. It’s often considered the go-to treatment for wart removal.   

How are skin lacerations treated?

There are two basic types of skin lacerations, or cuts: The kind you can treat yourself with a little antiseptic and a band-aid, and the kind that need stitches. The team at Horizons Family Practice provides A-to-Z care for deep skin lacerations, including wound irrigation, injectable anesthetics, and stitches.

When you sustain a deep cut from a pair of scissors, kitchen knife, or piece of glass, it’s important to have the wound cleaned and closed properly. You may need stitches if you can’t make it stop bleeding, the edges of your wound won’t stay together, or it’s so deep that you can see underlying tissues.

To learn more about the minor skin procedures available at Horizons Family Practice, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.