Surgical Dermatology

Most people have birthmarks, freckles, and moles in various places on their skin. Skin tags and other growths are common, especially as people get older. They are usually nothing to worry about. Sometimes these skin blemishes can be signs of something more serious and must be removed for medical reasons. When surgical dermatology is necessary, the professionals at North Dallas Dermatology Associates in Dallas, TX can help.

Actinic Keratoses

Actinic keratosis is a rough, scaly patch on the skin. It is usually found on areas of the body that are frequently exposed to the sun, such as the face, ears, and hands. Some actinic keratoses turn into skin cancer, meaning removing them can help as a preventative measure.

Recognizing Actinic Keratoses

Actinic keratoses are most commonly found on people over the age of 40. They develop slowly and are often barely noticeable. Even when they become obvious, they are usually less than one inch in diameter. They can be red, pink, tan, or skin-colored.

It may be easier to feel an actinic keratosis on the body than to see it. It may be flat or slightly raised. It may feel like a bump. Some actinic keratoses feel like they have a hard shell. Actinic keratosis can be sensitive, itchy, or even painful.

Removal

Not all actinic keratoses become skin cancer, but it is impossible to predict which ones will. Therefore, surgical dermatology is usually recommended as a precaution. The procedure is quick and only requires a local anesthetic. The surgeon will remove damaged cells and tissues.

Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. If left untreated, it can become very serious, even spreading to other parts of the body. When caught early, it can typically be effectively treated.

Recognizing Skin Cancer

Professionals look for skin cancer using the “ABCDE” rule. People can use this rule at home to check themselves for suspicious moles or patches.

  • Asymmetry – the border is not symmetrical
  • Border irregularity – the border is jagged
  • Color – the mole is more than one color
  • Diameter – larger than a pencil eraser
  • Evolving – the size, shape, or color has changed over time

Whenever you have any suspicions, or if you are unsure about a mole, it is best to consult a dermatologist.

Removal

One effective type of surgical dermatology is Mohs Microscopic Surgery. Layers of cancerous skin are moved, little by little. After each layer is removed, the doctor examines it under a microscope. If any cancer is seen on the layer, another layer is removed. This way, the surgeon can remove all of the cancerous cells without damaging the surrounding tissue. It is an outpatient procedure that requires only local anesthetic. Mohs Surgery has a 94% to 99% cure rate.

Elective Surgical Dermatology

Not all growths on the body are dangerous. Warts, skin tags, and cysts are generally harmless. Many people choose to have these blemishes removed. Surgery is one option for removing them. A dermatologist can suggest other options as well.

Alternatives to Surgical Dermatology

Not all unwanted growths on the skin necessarily need to be surgically removed. Our physicians also specialise in the use of non-surgical treatment options for precancerous growths and skin cancers. These treatment alternatives include creams with immune modulators, topical chemotherapy, the new Kybella double chin treatment, and the use of light-based technologies that concentrate specific wavelengths of light on the targeted areas.

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If you have questions about your skin, or you would like a consultation about a suspicious patch or mole, contact North Dallas Dermatology Associates in Dallas, TX today. Our professionals offer a range of surgical dermatology measures to help you achieve optimal health and peace of mind.

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