There are so many treatments and procedures these days for conditions like scars, uneven skin tone, sagging skin, and wrinkles that we sometimes forget that medical dermatology often deals with the treatment of serious problems like precancerous lesions and skin cancer.
Let’s take a look at some common procedures involving medical dermatology, what they are used to treat, and what each procedure involves.
We may perform a skin biopsy when an unusual skin growth is discovered. We begin by injecting an anesthetic into the area that will undergo the biopsy. Once this area is numb, we will excise a section of the skin growth or the entire growth. The excised tissue is then sent to a lab where it will be examined under a microscope by a professional. We then put a bandage over the incision, and you will be given post-operative instructions for the care of the wound.
You should receive your biopsy results in a few days. At this time, you will learn whether or not you have skin cancer. If you do have skin cancer, you will learn at this time what type you have, and a treatment plan will be formulated.
A cryosurgery procedure involves the use of liquid nitrogen to destroy single or multiple skin growths through freezing. The liquid nitrogen can be sprayed right onto the growth or applied using an applicator. Numbing of the skin is not required, and the procedure involves minimal discomfort. Cryosurgery only takes a few minutes at our office.
After cryosurgery, the treated area will form a scab that falls off in a week or two. After your cryosurgery, we will go over post-operative instructions, and you will need to set up a follow-up appointment to assess your results.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is the gold standard when it comes to the treatment of skin cancer. This type of surgery allows us to completely remove skin cancer and leave healthy tissue intact. We remove the cancerous tissue by layers. After the removal of each layer, we examine it under a microscope to determine the extent of the skin cancer.
A Mohs micrographic surgery procedure begins with a thorough cleansing of your skin. The treatment area will be numbed, and we will excise a skin layer that is prepared for the lab near the operating room. You will stay in our office while the skin sections are examined under a microscope. If additional skin cancer is revealed using the microscope, more skin layers must be removed.
At this point, if additional skin cancer tissue is discovered, more skin layers will need to be removed. All skin cancer cells are normally removed by three surgical stages. Once we have a full picture of what we are dealing with, we will go over your reconstructive options. Any necessary reconstruction is typically performed on the same day as your surgery.
Contact Lakeside Dermatology today to schedule your consultation! Our team of trained professionals would love to talk with you about other forms of medical dermatology and how it can benefit you. We are conveniently located in Winter Haven, FL.