At The Dermatology Center, we are experts in the surgical removal of concerning or dangerous skin lesions. We offer a variety of surgical procedures that both remove the lesion while obtaining a great cosmetic outcome.
Actinic Keratoses (Pre-cancers)
These are sun-induced dry scaly patches with a sand-paper feel that form on sun exposed areas of the skin including the scalp, face, ears, hands, and arms. These lesions can develop into skin cancer if not diagnosed and treated early. There are several treatment options available including cryosurgery, topical medications, and photodynamic therapy (PDT).
We offer many different mole removal services. We can excise, or cut, your mole off without the need for stitches. If your mole is non-cancerous, there is no need to remove it other than aesthetic purposes. If your mole has an irregular border, asymmetry, multiple colors, or you notice it is growing in size, please make an appointment to have it evaluated. We will determine if it is cancerous and needs to be removed.
If one of your nails has recurring fungal infections, this can cause a portion or the entire nail to die. If this happens, we can surgically remove the nail fairly quickly in the comfort of our office. You will receive an injection in the finger or toe so you won’t feel anything. The nail is then loosened from the surrounding skin, and the doctor will place a tool between the nail and skin in order to remove the nail. And if you wish to keep the nail from growing back, thereby avoiding future infections, we can place a chemical on the wound that destroys the nail’s matrix (growth center). After the procedure, an antibiotic will be applied and the wound will be bandaged.
Infundibular cysts, or skin cysts, are bumps and/or lumps that form underneath the skin. They are “pockets” of tissue that can be filled with pus, fluid or other materials. They form from the cells that make up the external layer of the skin. If your skin cysts make you self-conscious, we can surgically remove them. We also surgically remove them if they burst and become infected.
Excision of Melanoma and Non-melanoma Skin Cancers
Melanoma is cancer of the cells in the skin that produce melanin, the pigment in your skin. This is considered the most severe type of skin cancer, but as long as it is caught early it can be removed with surgery. If the melanoma is small and thin, our providers will surgically remove the cancer and a border of surrounding skin as well as a layer of tissue under the skin – just to ensure all of the cancer is gone.
This same excision technique applies to non-melanoma skin cancers as well, such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma skin cancers. These cancers arise from excessive sun exposure. Once detected, they can be surgically removed. We then utilize many of the same surgical repair techniques used by plastic surgeons to obtain the best cosmetic result possible.