In most cases lesions can be removed under local anaesthetic, which means you’ll be awake, but the area around the lesion will be numb so you won’t feel anything during the operation. Most procedures are quick and simple and you’ll be able to go home on the same day as your treatment
There are a range of surgical techniques which can be used to remove a lesion on the external ear, depending on their type, their size and their exact location. Your consultant will explain what treatment they will use.
Surgical excision is the removal of the lesion using a scalpel. Surgical options include curettage (removing tissue by scooping and scraping), electrocautery (using an electrical current to remove and cauterise tissue) and carbon dioxide laser ablation (which removes layers of skin and resurfaces it).
If you have a skin lesion which could be malignant you are strongly recommended to have it checked as soon as possible so it can be diagnosed and, if necessary, treated at an early stage.