Skin tumor removal

Skin tumors can be benign or malignant. However, due to increased sun exposure, the number of skin cancer diagnoses has risen sharply and patients are becoming younger and younger.

Unusual skin changes should be clarified by a dermatologist as soon as possible. Many skin tumors can be treated well using the latest treatment methods. A great deal of experience and surgical sensitivity is required to safely remove the tumor and achieve an attractive result, especially in the face, neck, décolleté and hands.

What are the types and symptoms of skin tumors?

The term skin tumor (also tumor or neoplasia) initially refers to a proliferating increase in tissue. A tumor can be benign or malignant in nature. For this purpose, a precise classification is made according to the place of its occurrence, its characteristics and causes.

How is a skin tumor diagnosed and treated?

The diagnosis is usually made by a dermatologist using a biopsy (skin sample). If it is a malignant skin tumor, it must be removed as quickly as possible to prevent it from spreading in the body tissue (metastasis). Benign skin tumors are also often removed if they cause discomfort or are perceived as aesthetically unpleasant. Some findings can be treated with creams, icing, radiotherapy or laser therapy.

If surgery is necessary, both tumor removal and plastic surgical defect coverage can be performed by Dr. Winterholer:

  • Surgery for benign skin tumors
  • Surgery for basal cell carcinoma (semi-malignant tumor)
  • Surgery for squamous cell carcinoma (malignant tumor)
  • Surgery for malignant melanoma (black skin cancer) with lymph node diagnostics if necessary
  • Surgery for Bowen’s disease (tumor precursor)
  • Therapy for moles and other benign skin changes
  • Skin reconstruction after tumor surgery


Skin lesions and tumors are removed under local anesthesia with magnifying glasses on an outpatient basis. For larger findings, general anesthesia and an inpatient stay may be necessary. The tissue is then examined histologically and, depending on the results, may require follow-up treatment.

Dr. med. Dorrit Winterholer

Specialist in plastic, aesthetic and reconstructive facial and breast surgery.

  • Over 20 years of experience as a surgeon.
  • Over 12 years of experience as a specialist in plastic and aesthetic medicine.
  • Senior Consultant Plastic Surgery Lucerne since 2021.
Dr. med. Dorrit Winterholer. Breast augmentation with autologous fat.

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