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Skin Surgery

What is a skin surgery used for?

Dealing with a skin infection, growth or cyst? While there are a variety of conditions that may be benign and self-limiting we also understand that sometimes medications and other conservative care may not be enough to get rid of the growth, cyst or lesion. Along with treating skin cancer through more conservative and advanced surgical treatments such as Mohs surgery, our dermatological team also offers state-of-the-art surgical options to treat a variety of skin problems. Here’s are some of the most common types of skin surgeries and what they treat,

Skin biopsy

Sometimes we need to make an incisional or excision biopsy in order to analyze a lesion, growth or area of tissue. Most biopsies are taken to look for skin cancer; however, they can also be taken to diagnose other skin conditions such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as bacterial and fungal infections. This type of procedure is minimally invasive and only requires our dermatologist to remove a small sample of tissue from the body.

Curettage and Cautery

This is a form of electrosurgery in which a lesion is scraped off and then heat is applied to the area to cauterize the skin in order to stop the area from bleeding. This procedure is often used on malignant skin lesions such as basal cell carcinomas, but can also be used to remove,

  • Warts
  • Seborrheic keratoses
  • Actinic keratoses
  • Skin tags

Mohs surgery

Mohs surgery has become a popular way to treat many common forms of skin cancer such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, as well as certain types of melanoma. What makes Mohs surgery a bit different from other skin cancer surgeries is that it’s more conservative and preserves more healthy tissue. Your dermatologist may recommend Mohs surgery if you have skin cancer on a delicate or sensitive area such as the face or hands, where tissue preservation is crucial. Mohs surgery can also be used on recurring skin cancers and those that are larger.

Trust your skin to the experts. If you have questions about the procedures or services we offer here in northern Carson City, Nevada don’t hesitate to call Carson Dermatology today at (775) 883-7811 to learn more.

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