Skin Surgery


Skin Cancer Surgery:

Surgery is a common treatment for most skin cancers, including malignant melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. Surgical options depend on the type of cancer, the location on the body, and patient age/preference. Most often skin cancer surgery is performed in a doctor’s office using local anesthesia. Surgical procedures include excision (cutting out the cancer and stitching the remaining skin closed), curettage and electrodesiccation (which involves scraping the cancer out of the skin), and Mohs surgery. Clayton Dermatology Group is expertly equipped to provide the best procedure to treat your skin cancer.
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Mohs Surgery:

Mohs Surgery is the gold standard of treating basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas in certain locations of the body. A specially trained surgeon removes one very thin layer of skin at a time to remove the tumor. It is processed in office and turned into slides, which are checked under a microscope. If the surgeon detects cancerous cells, another layer is removed and checked. This process is repeated until there are no cancerous cells detected at the edges. The procedure often takes several hours, but it saves the greatest amount of healthy skin possible and the patient leaves that day knowing that all of the cancerous cells are out of that area. Mohs surgery gives a cure rate as high as 99% for certain types of skin cancers. As skin cancer experts, Clayton Dermatology Group follows guidelines for the use of this technique based on the type and size of the skin cancer, its location on the body, and other important features. You can trust that we will make the best possible recommendation for your situation.
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Removal of Nodules & Unwanted Lesions:

Nodules and unwanted lesions can be removed at Clayton Dermatology Group. Utilizing many of the procedures used for skin cancer tumor removal, lesions are safely excised from the surrounding tissue. When the lesion is removed with a shave excision (uses a small razor blade), cryotherapy (liquid nitrogen), the treated area usually does not require stitches. Other techniques, including a full thickness skin excision, may require stitches to close the area and minimize scarring.
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Skin Biopsies:

Skin biopsies are performed by Clayton Dermatology Group in order to properly identify and diagnose a variety of skin conditions. A skin biopsy removes a small sample of skin determine if tissue is cancerous, a rash, an infection or another condition. Depending on the area in question, your doctor may choose from a variety of biopsy methods. The tissue removed by your doctor is processed and examined by a pathologist under a microscope to determine any abnormality. Results may take one to two weeks to process fully. Rest assured that Clayton Dermatology Group will advise you of the best course of action based on the results of the biopsy.
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Repair of torn or stretched earlobes:

Surgical repair of torn or stretched earlobes is a reconstructive procedure that can be used to correct split, ripped, torn, drooping, stretched, or unusually large earlobes. These injuries are often caused by large or heavy earrings. Some people have stretched their earlobes intentionally, through a method called gauging and later decide they wish to return to a more natural earlobe contour. Clayton Dermatology Group can restore earlobes to a more natural appearance through earlobe repair surgery. This simple procedure takes approximately 30 minutes and it is done in our office using local numbing medicine.
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