Dermatologic surgery deals with the diagnosis and treatment of medically necessary and cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair, nails, veins, mucous membranes, and adjacent tissues by various surgical, reconstructive, cosmetic, and non-surgical methods. The purpose of dermatologic surgery is to repair and/or improve the function and cosmetic appearance of skin tissue.
Thanks to research breakthroughs, the majority of dermatologic surgeries is now minimally invasive and only requires local or regional anesthesia. This translates into superior patient safety, while reducing the all-important “downtime” and recovery period. In addition, new developments and the latest techniques are constantly enhancing the results of many established skin surgery procedures.
Types of dermatologic surgery procedures I provide include:
Cryotherapy can be used to treat a number of conditions on the skin, from precancerous lesions to benign growths. Most often, liquid nitrogen is used. It is applied to the skin to “freeze off” these lesions. Healing occurs within days to weeks.
A dermal cyst excision is surgery to remove the cyst from your skin. You may not need an excision unless your cyst is infected, painful, or getting bigger. Your dermatologist may remove the cyst to be sure it is not cancer. You may also have the cyst removed if you do not like the way it looks. With dermal cyst excision, your cyst may stop growing and causing pain.
Earlobe repair surgery is used to address torn or stretched earlobes, injuries that are often caused by the use of heavy, dangling earrings. Earlobe repair is described as one of the simpler procedures in plastic surgery.
A dermatologist is best qualified to treat and remove a keloid. There are many ways to treat keloids including over-the-counter silicone products, topical creams, injections, and radiation. These treatments cut inflammation and shrink the keloid. They can also be surgically removed, but because most people with keloids continue to be prone to abnormal scarring, a keloid may grow back in the same place after the surgery.
Most moles don’t require treatment but sometimes people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons or because they cause discomfort when they rub against clothing or get caught in jewelry. Check with your doctor if you have a mole that with a concerning appearance. He or she may need to do a biopsy of the mole.
Narrowband UVB has proven to be the most effective phototherapy treatment option for thousands of psoriasis patients all over the world. With more research being done every day on conditions such as eczema, vitiligo, and mycosis fungoides, Narrowband UVB continues to show its versatility with promising results.
A skin biopsy is a procedure in which a sample of skin tissue is removed, processed, and examined under a microscope. Several different methods may be used to obtain a skin sample, depending on the size and location of the abnormal area of skin.
Excision is the removal of a skin cancer along with some of the healthy skin tissue around it (margin). For this procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. After the cancerous area is removed, the incision is closed with stitches.
Most skin tags don’t require treatment but sometimes people want to remove them for cosmetic reasons or because they cause discomfort when they rub against clothing or get caught in jewelry. Check with your doctor if you have a skin tags that with a concerning appearance. He or she may need to do a biopsy of the skin tag.
The XTRAC is a small handheld device that your dermatologist can use in the office. This laser concentrates a single band of ultraviolet B (UVB) light on psoriasis lesions. It penetrates the skin and breaks the DNA of the T cells, which are what have multiplied to create psoriasis plaques.