Do I need to have these lesions removed?
Lumps and bumps can occur on both the face and eyelids. Most of these are benign and do not cause any medical problems. However, many people do not like the look of these and wish to have them removed.
Is the procedure covered by insurance?
If the skin lesion looks suspicious for cancer or causes problems with one’s vision, insurance companies will often pay for the procedure to remove them. Otherwise, it is considered cosmetic.
How are these lesions removed?
These lesions can be removed using cryosurgery, cautery, or radiofrequency. Cryosurgery involves applying liquid nitrogen to the surface to freeze the skin tag. Cautery and radiofrequency both use high heat to burn off the skin tag. In both cases, the skin tag falls off on its own. In some cases, a scalpel or special scissors is used to remove the lesion and may be sent to a laboratory for examination.
Usually, removal is performed in the office using a local anesthetic. Other cases require the equipment and safety of an operating room. After the lesion is removed, you will likely be asked to apply an antibiotic ointment to prevent infection.
Control of bleeding and infection is extremely important. Therefore, only a physician should remove skin tags. Never try to do this on your own at home.