A 24-year-old female asked:
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my primary dr is going to remove a brown, flat birthmark from my heel.it's smaller than a dime. what exactly is the procedure for removing skin spots?

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Dr. David Hettinger
35 years experience Podiatry
See a podiatrist.: A 3mm punch biopsy to the spot will tell if there is any problem with the "birthmark" or not. If it is not a cancerous problem, leave it alone. Completely removing a spot of that size will require stitches and leave a scar that could be a problem to walk on. This is a potential complication.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Jeffrey Kass
27 years experience Podiatry
There are : Different ways to skin a cat. He can excise it with an elliptical excision, perform some type of rotation flap, or perform a shave biiopsy. There are certain principles that are followed when removing lesions. Skin lines and anatomical regions need to be taken into account. Weight bearing regions may want to be off weight bearing following excision.
Answered on Oct 3, 2016
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Dr. Alan Ettinger
48 years experience Podiatry
Under Local: Anesthesia the lesion will be removed and sutured if necessary. The lesion will then be sent to the pathologist.
Answered on Aug 14, 2019
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