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Skin Lesions &
Skin Conditions Treatment

Most minor skin lesions and conditions can be treated in our Mesa office by Dr. Tahir in 15-30 minutes. Acute skin conditions, such as a skin abscess or infected cyst, may be treated on the same day of your consultation.

We understand that talking about your symptoms can be a sensitive subject, but Tahir Surgical Clinic treats many types of skin lesions and conditions.

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When To Call Your Doctor

Most patients admit they feel embarrassed to call, but there’s no need to be nervous when speaking with the professional and friendly staff at Tahir Surgical Clinic.

Most common skin conditions we treat…

  • Cyst (epidermoid, sebaceous, pilar, ganglion, and pilonidal)
  • Abscess
  • Skin Lesion
  • Skin Tags
  • Genital Warts
  • Nodule
  • Lipoma
  • Hidradenitis Suppurativa
  • Open wounds (caused by leg ulcers, infected open sores, or laceration)
  • Hematomas
  • Foreign Body Removal

Please call our office if you have any questions or think you may have a skin condition that doesn’t fit one of these common types.

What is a Skin Lesion?

The American Society for Dermatologic Surgery describes skin lesions as an abnormal lump, bump, ulcer, sore, or colored area of the skin.

The most common causes of skin lesions are injury, aging, infectious diseases, allergies, and small infections of the skin or hair follicles. Chronic diseases such as diabetes or autoimmune disorders can cause skin lesions. Skin cancer or precancerous changes also appear as skin lesions.

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Meet Dr. Tahir

Dr. Tahir is an American Board of Surgery Certified Surgeon in Mesa, AZ with over 40 years of experience treating patients with skin lesions and a wide range of other conditions.

Insurance Flexibility

At Tahir Surgical Clinic, we accept most insurance providers, including most PPO, HMO, and AHCCCS plans. Self-pay options are also available.


In the event you don’t have insurance or treatment is not covered under your current provider, Dr. Tahir doesn’t turn away patients. We’ll work with you to find a solution and get you the help you need!


Skin Conditions FAQs

Treatment Options

Can my skin condition heal on its own?

Not all skin conditions need to be surgically treated. Some may benefit from oral medication or topical ointments. Dr. Tahir will always start with the least invasive approach when creating your care plan.

What can be done in your office? Any that must be done at a hospital?

Most skin lesions or conditions can be treated in the office but not all. Excisions and biopsies may need to be performed in a hospital setting under anesthesia due to size and severity.

What are my treatment options?

Treatment will depend on the type of skin lesion or condition. Here are some procedures and techniques most commonly used by Dr. Tahir for cysts, lipoma, abscesses, skin tags, genital warts, benign skin conditions, and more.

  1. Excision of a cyst or lipoma is typically performed within the office. It takes approximately 15-30 minutes to perform. Dr. Tahir will numb the area with a local anesthetic, he will then make an incision and remove the cyst or lipoma. The incision is typically closed with dissolvable sutures and covered with a waterproof, transparent dressing. Follow-up is recommended in 7-10 days. Patients can shower right away and may require acetaminophen or anti-inflammatory for pain relief.
  2. Incision and drainage of an abscess is typically performed in-office. There are rare times when the abscess is severe enough to require inpatient treatment. The abscess is numbed with a local anesthetic and a puncture is made in the center of the abscess. The pus cavity is emptied and the wound is typically packed with an antimicrobial dressing to allow proper continued drainage. Wound size varies based on the abscess cavity and recovery can be anywhere from three days to several months. Continued dressing changes may be recommended and low dose narcotic medication may be prescribed.
  3. Electrodesiccation or electrocautery is a fast and simple office-based procedure that uses electric current delivered via a needle-shaped electrode to superheat the skin in pinpoint precise areas. Electrodesiccation or electrocautery is typically used for skin tags, genital warts, or benign skin conditions such as seborrheic keratosis. Electrodesiccation or electrocautery may cause some minor discomfort, which may require over the counter pain relief for the first 24-48 hours. The procedure site is typically covered with a bandaid and there are no restrictions with showering.
  4. A needle biopsy is a procedure to obtain a sample of cells from your body for laboratory testing. Common needle biopsy procedures include fine-needle aspiration and core needle biopsy. Needle biopsies are beneficial for nodules, masses or skin rashes. A needle biopsy may cause some minor bruising and over the counter pain relief for the first 24-48 hours. The procedure site is typically covered with a bandaid and there are no restrictions with showering.

Tahir Surgical Clinic is also up to date on all the latest wound care therapies including treatment of leg ulcers, infected wounds caused by open sores or lacerations, and non-healing wounds.

Common Skin Conditions and Skin Disorders

What is a cyst?

A cyst is a small, round bump under the skin. Cysts can be found in almost every area of the body but are most common on the trunk, face, and scalp. Common signs and symptoms:

  • A tiny blackhead plugging the central opening of the cyst.
  • A thick, yellow, smelly material that sometimes drains from the cyst.
  • Redness, swelling and tenderness in the area, if inflamed or infected.

What are common types of cysts?

Epidermoid Cyst – often found around hair follicles. These follicles are like cysts, but they have openings. Normal lubricating oils for your hair are sent out through these openings. A cyst occurs when an opening becomes blocked or the site inflamed.

Sebaceous Cyst – fill with sebum and is less common than epidermoid cysts. They often form within sebaceous glands, which are part of the skin and hair follicles. Sebaceous glands make oil for your skin and hair. Ruptured or blocked sebaceous glands can lead to sebaceous cysts.

Pilar Cyst – a noncancerous, skin-colored, round bump that develops under the surface of the skin. It’s usually located on the scalp.
This type of cyst is caused by protein buildup in a hair follicle.
It’s painless, firm, smooth, and slow growing.

Ganglion Cyst – a round, gel-filled lump of tissue that usually appears along tendons or joints, especially in the hands, wrists, ankles, and feet.

Pilonidal Cyst – a round lump in your tailbone area. The lump can be as small as a pea or as large as a golf ball. Pilonidal cysts usually occur when hair punctures the skin and then becomes embedded. It consists of a small hole or tunnel in the skin that may become infected and fill with fluid or pus. If a pilonidal cyst becomes infected, the resulting abscess is often extremely painful.

What is an abscess?

A skin abscess is a pocket of pus just under the surface of an inflamed section of skin. It’s usually triggered by a bacterial infection. An abscess is painful and warm to the touch, abscesses can show up anywhere on your body. The most common sites on the skin in your armpits, areas around your anus, vagina, tailbone, or trunk. Inflammation around hair follicles can lead to an abscess almost anywhere on your body.

What is a lipoma?

A lipoma is a slow-growing, fatty lump that’s most often situated between your skin and the underlying muscle layer. A lipoma, which feels doughy and usually isn’t tender, moves readily with slight finger pressure. Lipomas are usually detected in middle age. Some people have more than one lipoma.

What are genital warts?

Genital Warts are caused by infection with a subgroup of the human papillomaviruses (HPVs). HPV is the most common sexually transmitted disease. Warts may have a corrugated or cauliflower-like) appearance and can appear anywhere near the groin, penis, vulva, vagina, and anus.

What is a nodule?

A nodule is a growth of abnormal tissue. Nodules can develop just below the skin. They can also develop in deeper skin tissues or internal organs. Some nodules are cancerous and biopsy may be recommended if growth occurs in a 3-6 month period.

What is a hidradenitis supurativa?

Hidradenitis is a painful long-term skin condition that causes abscesses and scarring on the skin. The condition typically occurs near hair follicles where there are sweat glands usually around the armpits, bottom, groin, and under the breasts. It causes a mixture of boil-like bumps that leak pus and cause scarring.

Cost of Treatment

How much does treatment for skin conditions cost?

At Tahir Surgical Clinic, we’re transparent about pricing. If treatment is not covered under your insurance, we’ll get the best cash-pay rate available through our contracted facilities.

For insured patients, we’ll provide a breakdown of what’s covered under your health insurance. Including any out-of-pocket expenses so you know what to expect before proceeding with surgery.

Who do I pay for the surgery?

Dr. Tahir is affiliated with several facilities but he is a separate entity, in addition to the anesthesiologist. The facility fee is separate from the professional fee and they are not collected together.

The cost of an office procedure is based on your insurance allowable and your remaining out-of-pocket. Some insurances will allow in-office procedures at the cost of a specialty copayment. Self-pay options are always available to patients without insurance.

If you have any further questions, don’t hesitate to call us.

Recovery Process

What is the recovery process like after surgery for skin conditions?

Please download our post-operative instructions for more information. For more specific information based on the procedure, see the treatment options question above.

Why Choose Tahir Surgical Clinic?

We offer quality treatment at a reasonable price. It sounds simple (and it is!) but our staff also works extremely hard to maintain a comfortable setting for our patients.

Learn more about what sets Tahir Surgical Clinic apart from the rest!

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