Why choose Dr. Stoeckel?
Dr. Stoeckel will provide just as much attention to a bothersome non-cancerous defect on the face as he will to a cancerous one. He understands very well how even a small change can make a huge difference for his patients. You will find him to be extremely attentive and meticulous about helping you achieve the optimal results in a compassionate and understanding manner.Dr. Stoeckel's Skin Lesions Results
What are some common skin lesions that Dr. Stoeckel can help remove?
Nasal tip intradermal nevus removed with almost no scarring.
These are extremely common slightly raised “moles” that many patients would like to have removed. Some are pigmented and others are not. Many patients have these lesions shaved off by other providers and are disappointed when they recur. This can be avoided by having a full thickness excision. The scarring on the face is usually quite difficult to distinguish.
These are also very common cystic masses that develop just underneath the skin surface. They are often associated with a pore that can allow some of the “cheesy” contents of the cyst to ooze out when pressured. Complete removal of the cyst with its lining is required to prevent recurrence. Epidermoid cysts are also referred to as follicular cysts or as sebaceous cysts. This was a large epidermoid cyst requiring complete excision to prevent recurrence.
Congenital nevus of the cheek at 1 month and 1 year after removal
Congenital nevi, often referred to as “birth marks” are just nevi that are present at birth. They are benign skin lesions, but if they are large, have a small potential for developing into a melanoma skin cancer if given enough time to proliferate. Removal of the “moles” is suggested by most surgeons and dermatologists. If the lesions are on the face, the resultant scars are not that bothersome.
Keloids are frustrating scars that are very difficult to treat permanently. Proper treatment includes excision along with either steroid injections or radiation therapy. They are very common on the earlobes and are most often seen in African American patients. These keloids were excised and later treated with steroid injections to lower the risk of recurrence.
Lipomas are non-cancerous fatty tumors that grow just underneath the skin. They can remain stable in size or can grow larger with time. Removal of the growths is typically quite simple and requires only a small incision just over the palpable mass. They can, however, grow to be quite large as in this example of a giant lipoma removed from the back and shoulders of a young patient.
How difficult is the surgery?
Most lesions are easily removed with just local anesthesia in as little as 15-30 minutes. Dr. Stoeckel will remove the skin lesion while you are listening to music or relaxing and taking a bit of a nap.
Will this be covered by my insurance?
There are some skin lesion removal procedures that are covered by insurance still. But the insurance carriers are starting to exclude most that are clearly cosmetic in nature. Dr. Stoeckel tries to make the procedure affordable for those who are paying out of pocket.
Where are the procedures performed?
Dr. Stoeckel has a private surgical suite in which he performs all of his skin lesion removals. This avoids the hassle of going to a hospital or outpatient OR facility to have the procedure performed. The surgical suite is certified by AAAASF and meets all of the standards for safe and efficient patient care.Schedule A Consultation View Photo Gallery