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Skin lesions

Mechanism, diagnosis and risk factors

What is a skin lesion?

A skin lesion refers to an alteration located on the surface of the skin or under the skin, which can appear anywhere on the human body. There are three types of lesions: benign, suspicious, and malignant skin lesions. These abnormal changes to the skin surface can manifest in various forms such as moles, skin tags, sebaceous cysts, abscesses, lipomas, warts, and others. All these types of lesions can be treated at Clinique Pierre Larose.

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Who is at risk?

Anyone, regardless of age or gender, can be susceptible to developing a skin lesion. However, individuals with dermatological conditions such as psoriasis or sensitive skin may be more prone to developing skin lesions. Genetic predisposition and prolonged sun exposure can sometimes be associated with the formation of certain skin lesions.

How does it form?

Since there are several types of lesions, the cause varies significantly from person to person. Some people may develop a lesion as a result of mechanical trauma, burns, infection, prolonged sun exposure, friction, dermatological conditions, circulatory problems, or autoimmune diseases. Skin lesions can thus form in multiple ways.

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How to make the diagnosis?

The diagnosis of a skin lesion is made by evaluating clinical signs such as size, color, shape, margins, texture, and other characteristics of the affected area.

When to intervene?

Intervention for a skin lesion involves resection of the lesion under local anesthesia. It is important to intervene as soon as you notice a change in the color, shape, size, or texture of an existing lesion. A lesion that bleeds, itches, or is painful also requires medical attention. However, it is also possible to treat a lesion at the patient’s request, if the patient is uncomfortable with it or for aesthetic reasons.

Treatment of a skin lesion at Clinique Pierre Larose is not covered by the Quebec Health Insurance Plan (RAMQ).

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