Whether you like it or not, summer is coming. If you are like most men and women, this time of year we are looking over every inch of our bodies trying to figure out what we can improve QUICK before swimsuit season. One concern many have is skin tags and other raised conditions showing in the summer months while wearing tanks and swim wear.
Many patients have skin tags or lesions on the body, often on the neck, back, and chest that are benign, meaning that are not harmful, but may cause the patient either discomfit or cosmetically just want them removed. This is a very common issues with a simple treatment option, curettage. Curettage is a great treatment for superficial skin issues confined to the top layer of skin.
What is curettage?
Curettage is a simple technique used for removing small benign lesions and is a type of treatment in which a skin lesion is scraped off of the skin surface. Using a curette (a cutting instrument with a circular or loop-shaped cutting edge), the practitioner is able to scoop out the skin lesion. Normal skin is more resilient to the action of the curette and, therefore, is not easily included in the removal process. The lesion is typically more friable than normal skin and is removed more easily. Repeated passes are usually needed to remove the entire lesion.
What types of skin lesions can be treated by curettage?
Curettage is suitable to treat most raised benign lesions. Meaning they are not harmful or cancerous. Lesions with poorly defined edges are also generally unsuitable.
The following can often be treated by curettage:
- Seborrheic keratoses
- Viral warts
- Pyogenic granuloma
- Sebaceous hyperplasia
- Skin tags
Will I have a scar?
Curettage often results in some sort of scar. The scars from curettage are usually flat and round. They are a similar size to that of the original skin lesion. Some people have an abnormal response to skin healing and these people may get larger scars than usual (keloids and hypertrophic scarring).
How do I look after the wound following skin curettage?
The wound may be tender when the local anaesthetic wears off.
- Leave the dressing in place for 24 hours or as advised by your doctor. Avoid strenuous exertion and stretching of the area.
- If there is any bleeding, press on the wound firmly with a folded towel without looking at it for 20 minutes. If it is still bleeding after this time, seek medical attention.
- Wash and change the bandage once daily then apply Vaseline and a fresh bandage.
The wound from curettage will take approximately 1–2 weeks to heal over. The scar will initially be red and raised but usually reduces in color and size over several months.
Pricing for Curettage starts at just $150. We offer complimentary consultations for curettage treatments!
Call us today at (859) 276-2556.
Kentucky Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists is the ultimate skincare experience providing medical and cosmetic dermatology services the region. We know the skin you’re in is the only one you’ve got – and we will never recommend something that isn’t right for you. KDCS isn’t a pop-up clinic; we are dermatologists with decades of experience and a professional staff that possess the integrity and knowledge needed to accurately assess each individual situation, and the skill to properly perform the services you need. Plus, Kentucky Dermatology and Cosmetic Specialists has received The Joint Commission’s Gold Seal of Approval®. This accreditation means that we have been evaluated to ensure our facility meets safe medical standards. You can have confidence in the quality and safety of our care, treatments and services.