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Remove Cancerous Lesions From the Skin

Skin cancer surgery encompasses a range of procedures aimed at removing cancerous lesions. It involves excising the cancerous tissue along with a margin of healthy skin to ensure complete removal. Techniques may vary from simple excisions for smaller lesions to more complex procedures like Mohs micrographic surgery for larger or recurrent tumors. Following surgery, the removed tissue is often sent to a laboratory for analysis to confirm the absence of cancer cells at the margins. Skin cancer surgery eliminates the cancerous tissue while ensuring optimal cosmetic and functional outcomes.

Signs Indicating You May Need Skin Cancer Surgery:

  • Presence of a new, unusual growth on your skin
  • Changes in the appearance of existing moles or lesions, such as size, color, or shape
  • Development of sores that do not heal or heal and then return
  • Irregular borders or edges on skin lesions
  • Itching, bleeding, or tenderness in a particular area of the skin
  • Rapid growth of a lesion over a short period
  • Any skin abnormality that seems to be expanding or spreading

Types of Skin Cancer Surgery:

Excisional Surgery

Excisional surgery is the most common type of skin cancer surgery. It involves removing the tumor along with a margin of surrounding healthy tissue. The surgeon cuts out the tumor and stitches the skin back together. Excisional surgery is used for smaller skin cancers and can often be performed in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia. It is an effective approach for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and some early-stage melanomas.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs surgery is used for skin cancers with a high risk of recurrence or those in cosmetically sensitive areas, such as the face. During Mohs surgery, the surgeon removes thin layers of cancerous tissue one at a time and examines each layer under a microscope until no cancer cells are detected. This allows for maximal preservation of healthy tissue while ensuring complete removal of the tumor, making it suitable for large, aggressive, or recurrent cancers.


Cryosurgery involves freezing the cancerous tissue using liquid nitrogen. This technique is commonly used for superficial skin cancers, such as certain types of basal cell carcinoma and actinic keratoses. Cryosurgery destroys the cancer cells by causing them to freeze and die. The procedure is relatively quick and simple and is typically performed in an outpatient setting. After cryosurgery, the treated area may blister, crust, and eventually heal with minimal scarring.

Electrodesiccation and Curettage

This procedure involves scraping away the cancerous tissue with a curette (a spoon-shaped instrument) followed by cauterization using an electric current to destroy any remaining cancer cells and control bleeding. Electrodesiccation and curettage are commonly used for superficial basal cell carcinomas and low-risk squamous cell carcinomas. The process may be repeated multiple times during the same session until the surgeon is confident that all cancerous cells have been removed. This technique is suitable for small, non-aggressive skin cancers.

Ideal Candidates for Skin Cancer Surgery:

  • Patients diagnosed with skin cancer through biopsy or other diagnostic tests
  • Patients with tumors that are accessible and suitable for surgical removal
  • Patients in good general health without significant contraindications to surgery

Our surgeons at Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates will evaluate your candidacy for skin cancer surgery through a comprehensive assessment. During the evaluation, our team will review your medical history, perform a physical examination, and assess the characteristics of the skin cancer. Diagnostic tests such as biopsies or imaging studies may be conducted to gather additional information and determine the type of skin cancer. Based on the evaluation, our surgeons will recommend the most appropriate type of skin cancer surgery.

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Advanced Dermatology & Skin Cancer Associates is the premier dermatology and skin care clinic in the Mid-South, renowned for its expertise in treating skin cancer. Our board-certified surgeons specialize in various skin cancer surgeries, including Mohs surgery, and ensure optimal outcomes for each patient. If you notice suspicious changes on your skin or have been diagnosed with skin cancer, please schedule a consultation with our surgeons today.


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