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Nicholas A. Benner, DO
Erin M. Finneran, PA-C
Alison Himes, DO
Mary Jo Jacobson Kendrick, MD
C. Ryan Kirkland, MD
Caitlin Lavilla, PA-C
Kimberly Radloff, MD
Koriann Reed, MD
Kara Roche, PA-C
Shannon C. Trotter, DO, FAOCD, FAAD
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Canal Winchester
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We have a wide range of services designed to address your specific skincare needs.
Conditions Acne
Actinic Keratosis
Angiomas and Hemangiomas
Basal Cell Carcinoma
Eczema (Atopic Dermatitis)
Hair Loss & Alopecia
Herpes Zoster (Shingles)
Skin Cancer
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Treatments & Procedures Biologics & Topical Medications
Excisions & Biopsies
Full Body Exam
Mohs Surgery
Mole Removal
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
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Conditions Acne
Brown Spots and Discoloration
Crows Feet
Enlarged Pores
Lines and Wrinkles
Skin Pigmentation
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Treatments & Procedures Botox® & Dysport®
CO2 Fractional Laser Skin Resurfacing
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Excisions & Biopsies

Excisions are small surgeries to remove lesions from the body. They are done to remove a problematic lesion – like skin cancer – or to get a skin biopsy for laboratory diagnosis.

What is it?

In the field of dermatology, excisions are frequently utilized to eliminate lesions from your skin by entirely removing them. These removals are typically performed to get rid of unwanted or potentially harmful lesions. Lesions that fall into the hazardous category include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma or melanoma. Alternatively, an excision might be performed to remove a benign (non-cancerous) lesion for aesthetic purposes or to alleviate irritation.

When an excision is performed to secure a tissue sample for laboratory examination, it's commonly known as a biopsy. A biopsy is a procedure that involves removing a tissue sample from your body for microscopic analysis. This diagnostic technique is commonly used to determine the characteristics of skin anomalies such as moles, lesions, rashes, or growths that could indicate skin disorders, allergies, infections or cancer. It can also be an effective way to monitor the progress of treatment for certain conditions. Our team of board-certified dermatologists promptly communicates with patients as soon as the lab diagnosis is completed, reducing the waiting time.

All kinds of excisions are performed at our dermatology clinics located in Dublin, Columbus, Canal Winchester, Urbana, Circleville, Washington Courthouse, Grove City and Marysville, Ohio. Patients are given local anesthesia in the area to minimize discomfort and are able to return home immediately after a bandage is applied.

We are aware of the stress that any excision procedure can cause and that's why we strive to provide a calm and supportive environment at our clinics. After the excision procedure is completed, your tissue sample is sent to our in-house pathology lab for microscopic examination. The lab at Dermatologist of Greater Columbus is fully accredited by the College of American Pathologists, signifying that it upholds the highest standards for quality and precision.

Types of growths that may require a biopsy for diagnosis include:

  • Moles
  • Warts
  • Cysts
  • Actinic keratosis
  • Skin cancers
  • Skin infections
  • Skin tags
  • Bullous pemphigoid
  • Inflammatory skin conditions like dermatitis and psoriasis

What to expect

Aftercare at home following an excision is usually uncomplicated and straight to the point. A member from our team will provide you with guidelines to adhere to in the days following your procedure. This often involves replacing your dressing, sanitizing the impacted region and using a surface remedy to speed recovery and deter infection.

Our team of board-certified are highly experienced in performing this type of procedure and are committed to ensuring that your recovery process is as smooth and comfortable as possible.

We would love to get started on a solution that perfectly fits your needs.