A scalp lesion can arise for many different reasons. It can be present from birth or develop as you grow older. Many lesions are benign and not dangerous to you. Others may be cancerous and require removal. Your surgeon will advise you on this and can determine what the best course of treatment will be. Treatment can involve non-surgical (such as creams/cryotherapy/ laser) or surgical options.
Is this right for me?
If you have a lesion/ mass/ lump on your scalp and you are concerned then come and discuss this with our surgeons. We will advise you on the best course of treatment.
What does this involve?
A local anaesthetic surgical procedure whihc involves removing the lesion/ mass by cutting it out. If it is a very large lesion or suspicious, then sometimes an incision biopsy is carried out. This means a portion of the lesion is removed and sent away to be reviewed by the pathologist. This can help confirm the lesion and also determine how much extra skin is required to be removed.
Closure can be direct with stitches. If the lesion is too large, then skin grafts or local flaps of tissue will be used.
Your surgeon will determine wha ti sthe best course of treatment for you
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the recovery like?
There is usually very little downtime. If a skin graft is used, then the dressings will be removed at 1 week and the graft checked to ensure it is viable. Most wounds take a week or two to heal. There is very little restriction of normal daily function. We suggest you do not carry out any heavy lifting or bending with the head down as this can increase swelling in the area
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