‘Skin lesions’ is the term used to describe moles, lipomas and warts among others. Most skin lesions don't cause serious problems but if they catch on glasses or the patient does not like the appearance of a lesion, they may want it removed. It may also be necessary to remove the skin lesion if it shows signs of turning cancerous.

Skin lesions that ENT consultants treat include:

  • Lesions that might cause skin cancers
  • Lipomas
  • Moles
  • Sebaceous cysts
  • Warts

Skin lesions are usually removed under local anaesthesia (the patient is awake but the affected area is numbed). This can often be done in out-patients and allows the patient to drive themselves home the same day.

There are several different methods for removing moles and these can each affect how much scarring will form after the procedure. The consultant may sometimes decide to send a sample of the removed lesion to be tested in a laboratory to see whether or not it is cancerous.