What is Surgical Dermatology?

Surgical dermatology involves the use of surgical techniques to treat skin-related disorders. Sometimes, it is necessary to use more invasive methods, as is the case with traditional surgery. At other times, methods that are less invasive or non-invasive can be used.

Surgical dermatology procedures can be used to treat conditions that pose a threat to a person’s health. Many times, however, they are used for aesthetic purposes, because a person is not happy with the way a condition makes him or her look.

Skin cancer is a condition that needs the attention of a professional. With over one million cases of skin cancer detected every year, it is important to catch and treat it early. Doing so greatly increases the likelihood of successful treatment. When skin cancer is detected, the surgeon can remove the cancerous growths, many times without disturbing the surrounding tissue.

If skin cancer is suspected, it is likely that a biopsy will be ordered. This is when a sample of the tissue in question is removed. It is then analyzed for the presence of cancerous cells. If the results turn out to be positive, a treatment plan can be developed. This plan will most likely include a surgical removal of the growth.

Our doctor, who is trained in surgical dermatology, can also help if you have growths like moles or cysts that need to be removed. Sometimes, moles are removed simply for the sake of appearance. However, if a mole is changing, it should be evaluated to make sure it is not cancerous. If so, it needs to be addressed as soon as possible. This is a case where the procedure is medically necessary rather than one that is elective and done only for the sake of cosmetics.

Many times, our surgeon can remove benign cysts that can grow on virtually any part of the body. These cysts may or may not be accompanied by symptoms. Like moles, they are often removed to improve appearance.

When removing growths, our surgeon is very skilled at using methods that minimize the formation of scars. If, on the other hand, you have a scar from a previous injury or surgery that you would like to have removed, there are procedures available by which these scars can disappear.

Surgical dermatology involves more than the use of incisions to perform procedures. Many times, issues can be taken care of through non-invasive methods. In these instances, laser treatments are frequently employed.  

There is a wide array of conditions for which our doctor can help. If you have a skin-related condition and would like to explore your treatment options, schedule an appointment at the Dermatology Laser Center and MediSpa in Owings Mills. During this meeting, you can ask our dermatologist about the best ways to take care of your concerns.

Contact us today to request a surgical dermatology consultation.