Why Do Skin Surgery?

Skin surgery is a specialised medical procedure that aims to diagnose, treat, and manage various skin conditions, including benign growths, cancers, and cosmetic concerns. It’s a procedure usually recommended for patients seeking medical intervention for skin-related issues or desiring aesthetic improvements to their skin’s appearance.

  • Early detection and treatment of skin cancer: Skin surgery allows for the timely identification and removal of cancerous growths, increasing the chances of a full recovery.
  • Effective removal of benign growths, moles, and skin tags: These procedures ensure the safe and precise elimination of unwanted skin formations, often with minimal scarring.
  • Minimising scarring and improving cosmetic appearance: Advanced surgical techniques promote better healing and result in less visible scarring, enhancing the overall appearance of the skin.
  • Reducing the impact of ageing and sun damage on the skin: Skin surgery can address signs of ageing and sun damage, restoring a youthful and healthy look.
  • Targeted management of chronic skin conditions: Procedures such as laser therapy and photodynamic therapy can help control persistent skin issues like psoriasis and eczema.

Signs You Need to Undergo Skin Surgery

If you notice any of the following symptoms, consult your dermatologist:

  • Persistent or recurring skin growths: Unwanted growths, such as moles or skin tags, that keep returning
  • Rapidly changing skin lesions: Moles or lesions changing in size, shape, or colour
  • Painful or itchy skin conditions: Chronic skin issues like psoriasis or eczema that don’t respond to conventional treatments
  • Deep cuts or wounds: Severe lacerations or injuries that may result in scarring or infection
  • Unresolved cosmetic concerns: Dissatisfaction with the appearance of your skin due to ageing, scarring, or sun damage


Before recommending surgery, your dermatologist may employ various diagnostic methods for an accurate assessment of your condition and see if skin surgery is the best treatment:

  • Skin Biopsy: A skin biopsy involves removing a small sample of the affected skin for laboratory analysis. This helps determine the type of skin condition, such as cancer, and guides the choice of treatment. Biopsies can be done through different methods, including shaving, punching, or excision, depending on the specific case.
  • Dermoscopy: Dermoscopy is a non-invasive diagnostic technique that utilises a specialised device called a dermatoscope to examine the skin’s surface and structures. This method allows dermatologists to identify subtle features of skin lesions, aiding in the early detection of skin cancer and other conditions.
  • Patch Testing: Patch testing is used to identify allergens causing skin reactions, such as contact dermatitis. Small amounts of potential allergens are applied to the skin using adhesive patches, which are then removed after 48 hours. Your dermatologist will evaluate the skin’s reaction to identify the specific allergen responsible for the patient’s symptoms.

Types of Skin Surgery

Involves cutting out the affected skin tissue, along with a margin of healthy skin, to remove growths, lesions, or cancers. The wound is closed with stitches to promote healing and minimal scarring.

Used to treat various skin conditions, such as warts or precancerous growths, by freezing and destroying the abnormal cells, allowing healthy skin to regenerate.

Utilises highly focused beams of light to treat a variety of skin issues, including scars, birthmarks, and signs of ageing, by precisely removing layers of skin, stimulating collagen production, and promoting skin rejuvenation.

Employs high-frequency electrical currents to cut, coagulate, or desiccate targeted skin tissue, treating conditions such as warts, skin tags, and superficial skin cancers.

Common Skin Conditions Requiring Skin Surgery

Skin cancer

Surgical removal of cancerous growths, such as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma, is often the most effective treatment to prevent further spread and ensure complete removal.

Moles and skin tags

Large, unsightly, or potentially cancerous moles and skin tags can be removed through various surgical methods for cosmetic or medical reasons.

Cysts and lipomas

These benign growths, consisting of fluid-filled sacs or fatty tissue, can be surgically excised if they become painful, infected, or aesthetically displeasing.


Surgical interventions, such as scar revision or laser surgery, can help reduce the appearance of scars caused by injuries, burns, or acne.

Chronic skin conditions

Some persistent skin issues, like severe psoriasis or chronic eczema, may benefit from targeted surgical treatments like laser therapy or photodynamic therapy, when traditional treatments prove ineffective.

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Risk Factors

Recognizing the risk factors associated with skin conditions that may necessitate skin surgery can help in early detection and prevention. Be mindful of these potential risk factors:

  • Prolonged sun exposure
  • Family history of skin cancer
  • Fair complexion and sun sensitivity
  • History of sunburns or indoor tanning
  • Presence of multiple moles or atypical moles
  • Weakened immune system
  • Exposure to radiation or certain chemicals
  • Ageing and hormonal changes

Can I Use Medisave For Skin Surgery?

Yes, you can use Medisave for your skin surgery. Reach out to us today to learn more about payment options.

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Billing & Insurance

Private and Corporate Insurance

You can use your Integrated Shield Plans to pay for certain procedures. Speak to us to learn more, and you’ll be surprised at how affordable private healthcare can be. 

Why Choose Us

Modern & Patient-Centred Dermatological Care

We are dedicated to your skin health and well-being. Our results-oriented approach is suitable for a wide range of hair, skin and nail conditions. Consult our MOH-accredited dermatologist for a personalised treatment plan.


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Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen

Medical Director & Consultant Dermatologist

MBBS (S'pore) MRCP (UK) FAMS (Dermatology)

Special Interests In:
  • Paediatric Dermatology
  • Women’s Dermatology
  • Procedural Dermatology & Lasers

Dr. Lee Hwee Chyen is an accredited Adult & Paediatric dermatologist managing a wide range of skin, hair and nail conditions. The clinic provides services for medical, surgical, cosmetic, women’s and paediatric dermatology.

  • MBBS (National University of Singapore, Singapore)
  • MRCP (Royal College of Physicians, United Kingdom)
  • Specialist Accreditation Board, Dermatology (Singapore)
  • FAMS (Academy of Medicine of Singapore, Singapore)
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    Frequently Asked Questions

    Skin removal surgery is often referred to as “excisional surgery” or “skin reduction surgery,” depending on the specific procedure and its purpose.

    Yes, scars can be removed or minimised through surgical techniques such as scar revision, laser surgery, or dermabrasion, which can improve the scar’s appearance or restore normal function.

    Skin removal surgery is generally considered safe when performed by an experienced, board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon; however, as with any surgery, there are potential risks and complications that should be discussed with your surgeon.

    The recovery time for skin surgery varies depending on the procedure and the individual’s healing response. Minor skin surgeries may require just a few days, while more extensive procedures could take several weeks or longer.

    After skin surgery, the body’s natural healing process typically results in the formation of new skin cells and collagen, allowing the skin to regenerate and cover the treated area, although the appearance may differ from the surrounding skin.

    Minor skin surgery procedures can include cryosurgery, electrosurgery, excisional surgery, shave biopsy, and laser surgery, which are used to treat various benign growths, skin tags, and other minor skin concerns.

    While surgery may not be a suitable solution for all “bad skin” cases, certain conditions such as severe scarring, chronic skin issues, or significant aesthetic concerns can be addressed through various surgical and non-surgical procedures, depending on the specific needs of the patient.

    Surgery is generally not a primary treatment for pimples. However, dermatologists may use minimally invasive procedures, such as comedone extraction or corticosteroid injections, to manage particularly large, painful, or persistent acne lesions.