If you’ve recently been diagnosed with skin cancer and want to try and save the skin around the affected area, you could take out the cancerous skin using excision. Excision is when a trained doctor performs a minor surgical procedure to remove cancerous cells before they spread to other areas of the skin.
The medical team at RidgeView Dermatology understands the fear that can come with a recent skin cancer diagnosis. With excision treatments there is a chance to remove much, or all, of the affected skin and prevent the spread of the disease.
What Kind of Problems do Excisions Fix?
There are many reasons why you would want to do an excision. It could be used as a preventative method to remove moles or benign tumors which could eventually lead to cancer, or it could be used to remove skin that has been formally diagnosed with cancer. Some of the kinds of cancers are:
- Basal Cell Carcinoma
- Squamous Cell Carcinoma
- And Melanoma
What is the Excision Process Like?
The entire excision process will be explained to you in full during your appointment, but the basics of the procedure aren’t much different than regular surgery.
The most popular type of excision surgery is an elliptical excision. This means that the scar from the procedure will run parallel to the natural lines of your skin and will be less noticeable than a scar that runs horizontally.
The doctor will provide a local anesthetic in order to numb the area where the cut is taking place. The affected area is then removed as completely as possible. The place where the skin was taken will either be closed via sutures or staples, or a skin graft could be given if the affected area is too big to simply stitch up.
Is There a Long Recovery?
It will be up to you and your doctor to determine how long your total recovery will be, but some aspects of recovery are the same regardless of the timeline. You will remain numb for a few hours after the procedure, so it’s important to be careful not to accidentally make contact with the afflicted area.
You will have some redness, soreness, swelling and sensitivity to the area where the skin was removed from. It is very important to not put too much stress on the affected skin, which includes stretching, scratching or overly manipulating the area.
If you have any areas on your skin that you feel may be cancerous, or are worried that they might turn into cancer, we encourage you to call our office right away and set up a consultation with a member of our medical team.