Mohs micrographic surgery
An excision is a surgical procedure in which either a benign or malignant skin growth is removed under local anesthesia. After the growth is excised, the dermatologic surgeon typically sutures the wound closed for optimal healing. The excised tissue is sent to the laboratory to be analyzed by an expert dermatopathologist. Atypical moles and skin cancers are frequently excised with margins to ensure complete removal and cure. Benign growths, such as moles, cysts, and lipomas can also be removed as elective cosmetic procedures.
Cryosurgery is the use of extremely cold temperatures produced by liquid nitrogen to destroy abnormal skin tissue. We use cryosurgery to treat benign growths such as warts, pre-cancerous growths such as actinic keratoses, and in limited cases even early-stage skin cancers, such as basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Cryosurgery offers advantages because it’s effective, less invasive than surgery, and quick to perform in the office. However, like any surgical procedure, there can be complications such as pigmentary changes, scarring, and changes in sensation so it is best performed by a highly-skilled and experienced dermatologist. To learn more about cryosurgery, please please contact us today.