Benign Skin Lesions

Benign Skin Lesions are abnormal growths, tumours, or cysts on your skin that are not cancerous. They do not spread to other parts of your skin or your organs. In general, these lesions do not pose a health risk to you.

What can it do for me: 

Small benign skin lesions are surgically removed under local anesthetic in a minor surgery setting (e.g. surgeons' office).

 

Is this covered by MSP?

If your surgeon is concerned that a skin lesion is atypical, precancerous, or cancerous, then removal is covered by the Medical Services Plan (MSP) of BC.

Otherwise, patients requesting removal of benign skin lesions have to pay privately. Examples of benign skin lesions not covered by MSP include:

  • Benign moles
  • Lipomas (fat lumps under the skin)
  • Simple sebaceous or epidermoid cysts
  • Dermatofibroma
  • Skin tags.

The following is the complete list of lesions covered and not covered by MSP. It was adapted from the MSP website.

Possible Complications: 

Risks of the surgery include bleeding, excessive scarring, recurrence, infection, anesthetic reaction, and wound healing complications.