To effectively remove benign and malignant skin tumors, we perform excision of skin tumors in Boston. Excision is a term referring to precise removal of tissue using a scalpel. It can be done to completely remove skin cancer, along with warts, moles, and other growths.

What Is Excision of Skin Tumors?

A number of excision techniques can be employed. These can involve the upper dermal layer or the deeper layers of the skin.

For superficial growths that extend outward or rise above the skin, shave or scissor excision may be used, in which the growth is removed using a small blade or curved scissors, respectively.

Full-thickness skin excision extends into the fatty layer of tissue under the skin. This may include removal of a small amount of healthy tissue to ascertain there are no cancer cells left.

Mohs surgery is a tissue-sparing technique performed by specially trained surgeons for skin cancer removal. It involves removal of the cancerous growth and minimal removal of surrounding tissue, leaving the healthy cells undamaged.

Am I a Good Candidate for Skin Tumor Excision?

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, you may be required to undergo this treatment. If you are unhappy with the appearance of a benign skin tumor like a wart or mole, you are an excellent candidate for skin tumor excision.

If you have an active infection in the target area, discuss this during your consultation. If you are pregnant or nursing, you may have to be cleared by your OB/GYN first before undergoing excision surgery.

Your Consultation

An examination of the targeted skin tumor will be performed during your consultation to determine if you are eligible for excision. An in-depth review of your medical history will be carried out to assess any risk factors. Additional diagnostic tests may be requested. The excision process will also be described to you in great detail to ensure full understanding.

How Is Excision of Skin Tumors Carried Out?

The target area will first be cleaned and sanitized. A local anesthetic will be administered to numb the region against any pain or discomfort. The margins of the tumor will be outlined.

Using a scalpel (or scissors, in some cases), the growth will be carefully removed. To stanch bleeding, the wound will be cauterized or a medication will be applied.

Stitches may not be necessary to close the wound if the size of the area is not significant. Skin grafts may be required to repair large wounds.

The Recovery Process

You may get back to work and resume your activities after your treatment, but it could take two to three weeks for the wound to fully heal. Avoid stretching the area and keep it dry. There may be bruising, swelling, or pain in the surgical site. Certain over-the-counter medications may be recommended to alleviate discomfort.

Schedule Your Consultation

If you’re considering excision of a skin tumor in Boston, contact Westford Dermatology & Cosmetic Center to schedule your consultation today. Our skilled dermatologists will be available to assist you.

Your procedure will be performed by board-certified dermatologist Dr. Steven Franks in Boston, MS.

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