Surgery for Skin Cancer

Skin cancer removal should be performed by a dermatologic surgeon and board-certified dermatologist. The tumor must be fully removed to prevent a chance of recurrence. Depending on the location, size, nature and type of skin cancer, the doctor will make a diagnosis and prepare a treatment plan for removal of the tumor.

Surgery for skin cancer is a common procedure. If the tumor is small and uncomplicated, a local anesthetic may be used. For larger tumors will need an operation.

Types of Surgical Removal for Cancerous Skin Tissue and Tumors:

  • Cryosurgery
  • Curettage and Electrosurgery
  • Mohs Micrographic Surgery
  • Wide Local Excision (To Remove Melanoma Mostly)
  • Skin Grafting
  • Lymph Node Removal in cases of metastasis

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with a type of skin cancer including but not limited to basal cell, squamous cell, melanoma or other deadlier forms of skin cancer, consult with one of skin cancer surgeons and dermatologists regarding the best course of treatment for you.

Medical Conditions and Skin Growths are Treatable

Various skin growths can become worrisome or alarming at first glance. Routine skin examinations by experienced professionals, specifically skin care specialists like board-certified dermatologists and skin cancer surgeons should be consulted with. At Skin and Cancer Institute, we pride ourselves in having the most trained, knowledgeable and experienced staff, nurses, surgeons and dermatologists by your side.

Whether you are removing a lipoma for cosmetic reasons or removing a skin tag or cyst, Skin and Cancer Institute’s team can perform your treatment. You may be wondering what a lipoma is. A fatty lump that grows between the skin and muscle is a lipoma. During lipoma treatments, the ball of fat can be removed by surgery, steroid injection or liposuction. Depending on the size and location of the lipoma, earlier removal may be suggested and warranted. These fatty lumps look like balls and are not harmful or cancerous in general. However, because lipomas can grow rather rapidly, there is a risk of damage to the surrounding skin tissue. If a person waits too long to remove or treat the lipoma, a scar may remain. This can also occur if the lipoma is rather large in size. Lipomas can become bothersome in size and even cause pain.

How to Get Rid Of Your Keloid Scar

Keloid scars can result from cuts, puncture wounds, serious acne, tattoos, piercings and more. When your skin sustains an injury, the body automatically tries to repairs the damaged cells. In doing so, a scar forms and scar tissue can continue to grow after the wound has healed. A keloid is the scar tissue that becomes raised on the skin after a skin injury. An individual dealing with scars of any sort may want it removed for either cosmetic reasons or medical concern.

How Dermatologists Remove Keloid Scars

To minimize a keloid scar, with maximum efficiency because there is a risk of recurrence, the practitioner dermatologist will try to soften and flatten the keloid and shrink it in size as well. This is accomplished by a variety of methods including the following:

  • A corticosteroid injection can help reduce the size of the keloid.
  • You can freeze the scar by cryotherapy, a procedure most effective on smaller keloids.
  • Laser treatments can be utilized to make the keloid scar flatter.
  • The dermatologic surgeon can surgically remove the scar by cutting and excising it. This procedure yields fast results. However, surgery may cause the keloid to reoccur by triggering trauma to the skin yet again.

If you or a loved one are struggling with a keloid scar, hypertrophic scar, contracture scar or acne scar, Skin and Cancer Institute’s team of professional surgeons and dermatologists are at your service and disposal.

How to Diagnose and Treat the Most Dangerous Form of Skin Cancer, Melanoma

As skin cells which produce pigment mutate and grow, the risk for the development of melanoma arises. Melanoma is the result of a tumor very similar in appearance to a mole but can grow quickly and even spread to other parts of the body. There is a high level of risk associated with Melanoma in particular, over other types of skin cancer including basal and squamous cell carcinoma which are not as fatal.

What Happens During Your Examination

A diagnosis is made after your physical exam takes place where the board-certified dermatologist removes and tests a tissue sample. During the biopsy, your skin cancer dermatologist may opt for removal of the suspicious growth by punch biopsy or excisional biopsy.

If you have a positive diagnosis for melanoma, the next determination by your doctor would be the stage level and severity of the cancerous tumor.

Important Factors and Considerations

Your doctor will review the thickness of the tumor to determine whether it can be removed with difficulty or ease. The thicker the tumor, the more severe it is.

Another important check would be to ensure the melanoma has not spread to your lymph nodes. If this is considered a risk or possibility, your doctor my recommend a sentinel node biopsy. During this particular procedure, a special dye is injected where the melanoma was removed. The dye then flows to the lymph nodes. The lymph nodes are then tested for cancer cells. If the test is negative, the implication is that the melanoma has not spread beyond its original location.

Botox: The Timeless Recipe for Youthful Skin

Botox has many positive cosmetic benefits that both men and women can benefit from. Aside from a tightened, refreshed look, Botox eliminates fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes as well as the forehead. Injections can also be applied to wrinkles and lines around the mouth. Botox is safe and effective while delivering cosmetic enhancements that reverse years of aging.

Botox injections can also treat medical conditions such as migraines and excess sweating. Significant improvement has been seen for patients who are prone to excess sweating.

The treatment time varies depending on the number of treatment areas and units of Botox used. Generally, the treatment should last five to ten minutes. It is important for patients to be diligent and avoid Botox if you have an allergy to the botulinum toxin.

The Difference Between VASERLipo and Liposuction

Liposuction is a surgical procedure performed to remove excess fat and reshape and contour areas of the body. Using a cannula, your physician will remove the unwanted fat through an incision using a surgical vacuum.

Liposuction is not intended for a weight loss method and cannot substitute healthy habits of diet and exercise. It is intended for patients within 30% of their ideal weight. Treatment areas can include the thighs, flanks, underarm, back, below the buttocks, upper arms, and abdomen.

On the other hand, VASERLIPO removes the fat using ultrasound technology and a small tube. During VASERlipo, a local tumescent anesthesia is used. Lidocaine and Epinephrine is injected into the skin to numb the area.

Skin Rashes, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis and More

At Skin and Cancer Institute, our board-certified dermatologists frequently see patients in all ages and stages of life struggling with various types of skin rashes that can range in severity and duration. For example, a prominent type of skin rash is known as atopic dermatitis. Atopic Dermatitis is a prevalent form of eczema and a pestering skin condition that causes its victims to itch and deal with ongoing redness, dryness and irritation. Eczema or atopic dermatitis can have multiple causes although it is difficult to diagnose a single cause. It is known to result from infections, heat, allergens, and a weak or compromised immune system. Such skin rashes can be seen in newborn babies, toddlers and even adults both young and elderly.

Risks of Not Being Examined by a Dermatologist

It is not uncommon for a baby’s pediatrician, for example, to misdiagnose a rash on a baby. The proper avenue for a correct diagnosis is to be seen by a skin care expert, a licensed and trained dermatologist. For example, a pediatrician may notice a red itchy rash and proclaim a diagnosis of seborrhea based on the presence of dry skin elsewhere including on the scalp which is commonly referred to as “cradle cap.” This diagnosis although well intentioned may lead a first-time mom to question where she should continue breastfeeding as seborrhea can be caused by hormones while eczema is an auto immune response. Rather than going down a rabbit hole of guessing, to administer timely and effective treatment but also to protect the patient, a dermatologist would be able to identify and diagnose the skin rash or condition. The similarities in appearance, texture, scaliness and dryness of the various rashes can coincide making self-diagnosis and self-treatment futile. Be sure to be examined by a board-certified dermatologist for a skin rash that does not go away.

The varying scale of damage and the duration of rashes are ultimately linked to the diagnosis and cause. This is why a verified diagnosis by a board-certified dermatologist is critical to proper treatments. As always, it is better to know for certain exactly what category the rash falls into. There are numerous categories of rashes which require different treatments including but not limited to the following:

  • Heat rash
  • Intertrigo
  • Rosacea
  • Psoriasis
  • Shingles
  • Ringworm
  • Swimmer’s itch
  • Roseola

Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation to see a licensed and experienced dermatologist to help identify and treat your skin condition if you are struggling with a skin rash.

How Advanced FUE Hair Transplantation and PRP Therapy Combat Hair Loss and Baldness

Both men and women alike struggle with balding and hair loss. This can result in negative consequences to one’s self esteem and happiness. If you are seeking to remedy and combat the hair loss you face, there are two treatment options available at Skin and Cancer Institute.

Hair Transplantation by Follicular Unit Extraction (FUE) is a surgical procedure which removes hair roots one by one from the donor area and place them in the recipient balding areas of the scalp. This method is intended to have the hair take root and begin to grow.

Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy, on the other hand, reactivates dormant hair follicles and is less invasive than FUE transplantation. The patient has blood drawn, which is placed in a centrifuge to separate the plasma from other cells. The physician then fills the syringe with the plasma and injects it into the treatment areas of the scalp where balding has occurred. Local anesthesia is given prior to the treatment.

What Is the Difference between Platelet-Rich Plasma Therapy and FUE Hair Transplantation?

PRP therapy uses only shallow injections while Advanced FUE requires small incisions. In addition, both treatments work differently. FUE works to redistribute active hair follicles. PRP does not distribute active hair follicles; but rather, stimulates the follicles where they are to activate them.

How Skin Tags Develop and What Does Removal Look Like?

The exact cause of skin tags remains unknown. It appears that skin tag develop due to friction around the skin, as tags usually develop in skin folds. Skin tags are the compilation of blood vessels surrounded by an outer layer of skin. While skin tags are not dangerous, they can be removed for cosmetic reasons.

The result of various studies indicate a strong presumption that the human papillomavirus (HPV) may be a factor and cause of skin tag development. Also, insulin resistance has been found to play a role because because with such resistance don’t absorb glucose efficiently. While skin tags may also result from pregnancy and hormonal changes in a woman’s body, the condition is not contagious.

It is best to have a board-certified dermatologist evaluate your skin tags. Sometimes skin tags may resemble warts or moles. A visual examination will help assess the concern and if removal is necessary, a biopsy will be performed.

How are Skin Tags Removed by a Licensed Dermatologist

Only a trained board-certified dermatologist in dealing with this delicate skin should attempt to remove skin tags. Never attempt to remove skin tags on your own. At Skin and Cancer Institute, the following treatments are available in removing skin tags:

  • Electrodessication
  • Cryotherapy
  • Scalpel Removal
  • Laser Treatment

Contact our practice today to schedule your consultation with a dermatologist for evaluation and an assessment.

Why Old & New Moles Should Be Routinely Examined

If you are an individual who notices new growths of moles frequently due to natural disposition, genetics or even sun exposure, it is important to keep an eye on such developments on your skin. Even old moles that were once examined by a dermatologist, should be re-examined annually for changes in shape, size, texture and elevation.

While moles themselves result from the growth of pigment cells called melanocytes which grow in clusters. Common moles are typically 5 mm wide in a round or oval shape, and have a smooth surface. Common moles can evolve into cancerous moles called melanoma. Melanoma is a serious type of skin cancer. Individuals with over 50 moles are at increased risk for developing this type of cancer.

Things to Watch Out For

If your mole changes in color, size, texture, height or the skin’s surface becomes dry or scaly, you should let your doctor know. If the mole becomes hardened or lumpy, starts to itch or bleeds or oozes, those are also warning signs of an evolving mole.

Dysplastic Nevus is a Mole that Looks Different from a Common One

If your mole is larger than 5 mm, and is a mixture of various colors including pink and dark brown you should have your dermatologist examine your skin. This type of mole is called dysplastic nevus.

In the event, your evaluation or examination lead your doctor to assess that the mole should be removed, a biopsy will be performed.