A more complex excision of an area of the skin usually requires that a “flap” is required to repair it. A “flap” is when tissue is taken from a local surrounding area and moved to where tissue is missing. A flap is required when the area that has lost tissue and is too big to bring the edges together. The flap will help a wound to heal much faster and will also reconstruct the area so it is more aesthetically pleasing.
Sometimes a skin graft may be needed to repair a larger surgical defect. In this instance some skin is taken from another part of the body (such as behind the ear or from the front of the thigh) and used in another part of the body where tissue is missing.
Both of the above procedures are performed under local anaesthetic for your comfort within our procedure rooms at Northern Sydney Dermatology or at a hospital depending on the size of the area involved.