Most skin cancers are removed or cut out via an excision. Basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, and even Merkel cell carcinomas can all be removed with a surgical excision. Surgical excisions allow us to remove the skin cancer with a safety margin at the same time.
The margin is very important for all skin cancers to make sure that no abnormal cells have spread beyond the tumor itself.
Minimize The Size Of Your Final Scar
For most excisions, we utilize an onsite pathologist to confirm that the margins are clear before you leave the office. After the skin cancer has been excised the pathologist starts reviewing the tissue. If there happens to be some left over skin cancer, we know exactly where to remove it. This allows us to minimize the size of your final scar.
The Excision Will Require Sutures
We utilize a layered approach when closing your excision. This means that you will have sutures underneath the skin that you do not see. Also, there will be sutures on top of the skin that you do see. The sutures on top will need to be removed by us and the sutures underneath the skin will absorb. A layered closure allows us to put tension on the subcutaneous and dermal layers of the skin. Having the tension on the deeper layers of skin tends to allow us to create better looking scars when healed.
Excision Procedure for Skin Cancer
Complications of Skin Excisions
Typically, there are three main items to worry about with an excision.
Preparation for Skin Excision Procedure
Prior to your excision we will ask you about medications you may be taking. You may be asked to discontinue certain medications prior to your procedure. We may even need to work with your primary care doctor or cardiologist to stop certain medications.
Follow-up for Skin Cancer Screening
Most of the time for basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas your next skin check will be in 6 months. For melanoma, more frequent exams may be necessary.
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