Surgical Dermatology

Our staff will take extreme care in determining the right treatment plan for you. Some of the procedures that may be right for you:

Mohs Surgery

A precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are progressively removed and examined until only cancer-free tissue remains. Mohs surgery is also known as Mohs micrographic surgery. The goal of Mohs surgery is to remove as much of the skin cancer as possible, while doing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue. Mohs surgery is usually done on an outpatient basis using a local anesthetic. Mohs surgery is especially useful for skin cancers that: have a high risk of recurrence or that have recurred after previous treatment; are located in areas where you want to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible, such as around the eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, feet and genitals; have borders that are hard to define; and are large or aggressive.

ED&C

Scraping or burning-off skin growths (also known as electrodesiccation and curettage) can be used for less serious skin cancers, pre-cancers and benign growths. A local anesthetic is injected, and then the abnormal tissue is scraped off with a special tool. The area is then cauterized until bleeding stops. This may be repeated if the growth is cancerous. The wound will need to be dressed until it heals, and it usually leaves a small white mark.

Surgical Excision

This treatment involves removing a visible skin cancer lesion plus a small amount of surrounding healthy skin tissue. Surgical excision can be used to completely remove the lesion to surgically cure the cancer or to take a tissue sample of a suspicious lesion for biopsy. Any samples removed are typically sent to a laboratory to be examined by a pathologist. Your provider will determine the safest option for you based on the type and stage of cancer and your overall health. During a surgical excision for skin cancers, the affected area is numbed with a local anesthetic. The remaining skin may be stitched together.

Our expert providers perform surgical excisions in ways that maximize the cosmetic outcome and minimize scarring and functional impairment. Surgical excision is a common treatment for removing benign or malignant skin growths on the trunk or extremities (such as Basal cell carcinoma, Squamous cell carcinoma, or Malignant melanoma).

Cryosurgery

A type of surgery that involves the use of extreme cold to destroy abnormal tissues and benign growths. The surgery most often involves the use of liquid nitrogen. When liquid nitrogen has a temperature between -346 and -320°F, it instantly freezes nearly anything that’s in contact with it. In the case of human tissue, it can kill and destroy cells upon contact. This is important when the cells you want to kill are cancerous.