The Procedure

An alternative to the methods mentioned above for removing a lesion off the face is dermabrasion. This is a technique that involves the use of a very fine sandpaper to gently “abrade” or rub down the area involved, producing the equivalent of a graze that then heals over 2-3 weeks.

No stitches are needed but it is not as accurate as excision and should not be used for suspicious lesions.

Post-operative care

• A little bleeding initially is expected but this soon stops with direct pressure.

• It is important to apply Chloramphenicol ointment (that I supply) to stop it drying out or getting infected.

• Initially it is a little painful but this is taken care of using paracetamol with codeine added if required.