Lump Excision
Lump Excision

Lump Excision

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Excision of skin lumps is a common cosmetic procedure nowadays. Although the procedure might sound simple, correct execution along with deep knowledge of the skin's anatomy and basic principles of a surgery is expected from the doctor. The word excision simply means removal of the skin by completely scraping or cutting it out, by using a sharp blade, scalpel or scissors. One of the most common reasons why skin lumps are removed is because of cosmetic concerns of the individual. Most of the skin lumps like warts, moles or skin tags are not dangerous, however, some of the conditions like benign growth or swollen lymph nodes need some extra diagnosis. On the other hand, for some men, breast lumps may also be formed which is clinically termed as ‘gynecomastia’. In such a circumstance, male breast lump excision will be suggested by your doctor, however, this procedure will turn out to be an invasive one, because the lump will be found and removed from deep down the skin and will need sutures.

The most recommended treatment technique for getting rid of lumps on your skin are as follows

Shave Excision - This excision technique is used for skin lumps that are raised above the skin or in the topmost layer of the skin. The doctor will generally use a small blade for removing the skin lump after desensitising that area.

Scissor Excision - This technique is an alternate for the scissor excision, where the doctor will pull the skin lump with a small forcep and cut it with the scissors.

Cryotherapy - In this technique The area of treatment will be frozen with a liquid nitrogen, after which the skin lump will blister and peel away.

Curettage And Electrodesiccation - This technique uses a high-frequency electrical current, called electrodesiccation, after which the skin lumps will be scrapped or scooped out. Doctors mostly use this method only if the lumps are superficial.


Skin lumps can come in any form. Lump excision and it’s techniques can treat any condition that causes the skin to swell or grow abnormally. Some of the conditions that can be treated with lump excision are as follows

  • Benign skin lesions
  • Skin tags
  • Warts
  • Corns
  • Swollen lymph nodes
  • Sebaceous cysts
  • Breast lumps 
  • Other skin conditions