The word “excision” simply refers to the removal of a skin lesion by cutting it out. Sometimes skin lesions are excised because they are painful or irritated, or if the cosmetic appearance is displeasing to the patient. Other times, your dermatologist may recommend excision because they are concerned about a more worrisome process like a skin cancer. The procedure is done under local anesthesia and is an “outpatient” procedure. Most wounds take one to three weeks to heal. In some cases, a bandage is all that’s needed while in others, stitches may be required. Contact our specialists for a consultation today.