Surgical Excision in Miami, FL

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What is a Surgical Excision?

One of the most standard treatments for skin cancer and elective or benign lesions is surgical excision. By using this technique, dermatologist Dr. Lauren Dozier will cut away the lesion, as well as some of the surrounding tissue, which may seem to be normal looking. The excised (or cut) skin sample will be given to a pathologist for further testing to ascertain whether the tissue border is cancer-free. In the event the tissue proves to be cancerous, a secondary treatment would be required to eliminate all remaining cancer. Dr. Dozier consults with Miami, FL and surrounding area individuals on a regular basis to ascertain if surgical excision is the right treatment option for their skin concerns.

What Can I Expect from My Surgical Excision?

For smaller, easier-to-remove lesions or cancers, a local anesthetic will be utilized. If it is bigger and in a harder-to-reach location, general anesthesia might be required. We will disinfect the treatment area, then cut away the lesion, as well as some surrounding tissue. An electrode may be employed to execute a feathering process, which can smooth the borders around the wound and help get rid of extra cells from the lesion and reduce the likelihood of scarring. To finish up, we will stitch the treatment area closed; however, larger excisions may require a skin graft to close up the wound. A solution will be applied to the treatment area to stop any bleeding, and an antibiotic will be prescribed to expedite the healing process. We'll put a bandage over the wound, and you'll be ready to head home. You could experience a burning sensation or general discomfort in the area where the lesion was removed, but you can use over-the-counter medication to help. You should also anticipate some scarring at first, but it should lighten with time.

Maintain Healthy Skin

It is vital to seek medical attention as soon as possible anytime you encounter a skin lesion that looks abnormal. The growth could be cancerous and the sooner it is discovered, the greater your chance of survival. At Brickell Cosmetic Center, dermatologist Dr. Lauren Dozier is here to help Key Biscayne, Pinecrest, and Coconut Grove, FL men and women stay healthy and prevent issues down the road. Schedule a consultation at Brickell Cosmetic Center as soon as possible if you notice a new growth or an abnormal growth so we can help you assess it as early as possible.

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