Unfortunately, skin conditions can’t always be eliminated through topical or non-invasive treatments alone. Surgical dermatology services are sometimes a necessary evil for patients that suffer from skin cancer, warts, or other persistent skin abnormalities. While these procedures are mostly only undergone when medically necessary, some can be utilized to address cosmetic concerns.
RidgeView Dermatology is committed to connecting our patients with successful dermatology treatments that help improve their overall skin health and wellness. Surgical dermatology is an essential part of this goal. If you’d like more information about the treatments we offer or are interested in scheduling a consultation appointment, contact us today.
Electrodesiccation and Curettage (ED&C)
This procedure uses a curette to remove abnormal skin cells. After the cells have been removed, the wound is desiccated, or dried out, using a small, metal instrument. This both widens the wound and cauterizes it. Once treatment is complete, the wound is left open to heal over the next few weeks.
ED&C can be used to correct a broad range of skin conditions and growths, including:
- Actinic keratosis
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Excisions are an excellent way to safely remove both malignant and benign skin growths. This is an in-office procedure that is typically performed under local anesthesia. During treatment, an oval-shaped section of skin is removed and either disposed of or sent away for further study. Following an excision, most patients report feeling very little discomfort.
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is considered one of the most effective surgical techniques available today. When used to remove basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, this treatment has a 98% success rate.
During treatment, the skin at the site of cancer is removed layer by layer and examined under a microscope. If cancerous cells are found when the tissue is examined under the microscope, the surgical technician continues to cut away tissue. Once only healthy tissue remains in the affected area, the surgery is ended.
This treatment is revered amongst dermatologists and patients alike because of the excellent condition it leaves the skin in. While many other skin cancer surgeries inevitably remove a great deal of healthy tissue, Mohs micrographic surgery leaves as much healthy tissue intact as possible. This makes Mohs micrographic surgery an excellent way to remove skin cancer cells on sensitive areas like the face, neck, hands, and feet.
If you’ve been diagnosed with a skin condition that has resisted traditional topical and non-surgical treatment efforts, a surgical dermatology procedure might be your next best course of action. RidgeView Dermatology is proud to provide the highest standard of skin care to patients in the Lynchburg, Hardy, and Forest, Virginia areas. Contact us today to schedule your skin care consultation appointment, and take your first step on the path towards healthier skin.