Skin and Cyst Excisions

Doctors at Turn The Corner perform skin checks (relating to common skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, acne, skin infections etc) and skin cancer checks. A full-body check requires a 30-minute in-clinic appointment – there is a special appointment type for this that you will see when booking, because only certain doctors offer it. Fees are the same as for a normal 30 min appointment. If you are an existing patient and wish the doctor to examine only a single small area, and you have no other issues to raise, you are welcome to book a normal 15 min appointment with your usual doctor.

Following a skin check, your doctor might recommend that you have a skin excision procedure. A skin excision is a medical procedure in which a portion of the skin is surgically removed from the body. These procedures might be done for various medical reasons, including:

  • Biopsy: Skin excisions are commonly performed to obtain a sample of skin tissue for diagnostic purposes. A suspicious or abnormal skin lesion, such as a mole, cyst, or growth, might need to be removed and examined under a microscope to determine if it is benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancerous).
  • Cancer Treatment: Skin excisions are often used to remove cancerous growths, such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. The goal is to remove the entire tumour along with a margin of healthy tissue to ensure that all cancer cells are eliminated.
  • Cyst or Abscess Lancing: Skin excisions can also be used to lance cysts, abscesses, or other fluid-filled or infected pockets under the skin. Removing these structures can relieve discomfort, prevent infection spread, and improve healing. These procedures tend to be more complex, so your doctor might refer you to a skin procedure specialist elsewhere.
  • Correction of Skin Irregularities: Skin excisions can be performed to correct irregularities like skin tags, warts, and moles that cause discomfort, interfere with clothing or movement, or are cosmetically undesirable.

The procedure typically involves local anaesthesia to numb the area before making an incision to remove the targeted portion of skin. Depending on the size and location of the excision, stitches may be required to close the wound, and proper wound care is essential to prevent infection and promote optimal healing.

As an alternative to excision, sometimes liquid nitrogen is used in a medical procedure called cryotherapy, which involves using extreme cold to destroy or remove abnormal tissue, such as warts, skin tags, precancerous lesions, and some small skin cancers.

Your doctor might be able to perform minor procedures like this themselves in a subsequent appointment, or they might recommend a colleague at Turn The Corner do so.  For more complex issues, your doctor might refer you on to a skin procedure specialist elsewhere. Fees for skin procedures are explained here.

Not all our doctors perform minor skin excisions, and those that do generally won’t perform large excisions or those in particular sensitive areas (nose, eyelid, eyebrow, lip, ear, digit, genitalia). Should you wish to make an appointment to discuss a skin excision, cyst lancing, or cryotherapy, please select from one of doctors below, or alternatively start with an appointment with your usual Turn The Corner doctor.