Dr. Jacobson, Dr. Marks and Dr. Beckum at Inverness Dermatology and Laser provide surgical skin cancer services to patients in Hoover, Birmingham and Chelsea, Alabama areas.
The skin is susceptible to many diseases, discolorations, and growths. It may also be damaged by excessive exposure to the sun and the effects of aging. In most cases, skin problems requiring dermatologic surgery can be addressed in the Dermatologist’s office under local anesthesia, with minimal pain and low risk of complications.
Indications for skin surgery:
- To establish a definite diagnosis (a skin biopsy).
- To remove benign and malignant skin growths that may interfere with the body’s normal function or may cause pain, itching, or bleeding (excision, electrodessication and curettage, or shave removal).
- Biopsy – Removing a piece of the skin for examination under the microscope for diagnosis.
- Electrodessication and curettage – Scraping malignant growths with a sharp surgical instrument called a curette followed by using an electrosurgical unit to stop bleeding.
- Surgical excision – Cutting into the skin, removing the growth, and closing the wound with stitches.
- Cryosurgery – Applying or spraying liquid nitrogen onto the skin to freeze and destroy the tissue.