Surgical Dermatology Q&A
What is surgical dermatology?
Surgical dermatology involves using various techniques and technologies to treat skin, hair, and nail problems by removing abnormal tissue. The team at A to Z Dermatology takes a conservative, patient-centered approach to treatment. They always explore non-surgical options first, such as IG SRT treatment.
In some cases, surgery may be the safest and most effective treatment option. Whether it’s a preventive procedure to excise a precancerous lesion or a cosmetic treatment to improve the appearance of scars, the team at A to Z Dermatology provides the best treatment for you.
What conditions may require surgical dermatology?
The board-certified surgeons at A to Z Dermatology treat a wide range of conditions, including:
If IG SRT treatment isn’t possible or effective, surgical removal of skin cancer may be necessary. Melanoma, the most serious form of skin cancer, often requires surgery. You may also need surgery to remove a precancerous lesion before it turns into skin cancer.
Existing moles may turn into melanoma. The team at A to Z Dermatology may recommend removing a mole as a preventive measure to decrease your risk for skin cancer.
Benign skin growths
Benign or non-cancerous skin growths include skin tags, cysts, warts, and other skin lesions. If a benign skin growth causes pain, itching, or aesthetic concerns, you may want to have it removed.
If you have nail fungus that persists despite treatment, surgical removal of the nail may be necessary.
What are the different types of surgical dermatology?
The team at A to Z Dermatology has specialized training in advanced surgical techniques, such as:
Also known as Mohs micrographic surgery, this technique involves removing thin layers of skin and examining them under a microscope. If your surgeon sees cancer cells, they remove another thin layer of skin and examine it. They repeat this process until there are no cancer cells left. Mohs surgery is not only highly effective, but it also preserves as much healthy skin as possible.
Cryosurgery involves using extremely cold temperatures to freeze and destroy abnormal tissue.
Excisional surgery involves using the standard approach to cutting the skin and removing diseased or damaged tissue.
For excellent care in surgical dermatology, call A to Z Dermatology today or request an appointment online.