Surgical Excision

If you have a suspicious skin growth or problematic skin condition, such as skin cancer, atypical moles, lesions, or tumors, surgical excision is often used as an effective treatment and removal option. 

 

Also known as shave excision or wide excision, our board-certified dermatologists may recommend surgical excision at Brentwood Dermatology to remove a skin growth. To learn more about this treatment and procedure, read our guide below or reach out to one of our experienced staff members for more information.

What is Surgical Excision?

 

Surgical excision is a procedure that removes a number of different skin problems and skin lesions, including skin cancer, suspicious moles (atypical nevi), and other benign skin growths. 

 

Excision surgery not only cuts out the entire lesion but also the healthy skin around the lesion, which is known as the margin. The reason for removing the healthy margin is to ensure the removal of any cancer cells, which may have spread into the surrounding tissue.  

 

Our board-certified dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology often recommend this type of removal when the patient is experiencing aggressive types of skin cancer, such as melanoma.

Surgical Excision FAQs

 

The Brentwood Dermatology team knows surgical excision can sound scary, which is why we put together a thorough guide of expert answers to frequently asked questions about surgical excision to help you get a better understanding of this procedure.

Is surgical excision painful?

Excision surgery is usually performed using local anesthesia to ensure there is no pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Do your board-certified dermatologists use anesthesia for surgical excision procedures?

Yes, at Brentwood Dermatology our board-certified dermatologists use either anesthesia or a numbing agent during a surgical excision procedure to minimize pain and discomfort. 

What is the recovery time for surgical excision?

During your surgical excision recovery time, it’s important to be patient with the healing process, as it can be slow. The excision site may be red and inflamed for a few weeks, but it will gradually get lighter. 

 

Following the procedure, you will be given specialized instructions on how to care for the incision. However, if you notice any signs of infection or experience severe pain, call your doctor.

Does surgical excision leave a scar?

Surgical excision often leaves a scar the size of the incision. Before your surgery, talk to your doctor about how the scar may look and how to care for your incision after the procedure to minimize scarring. 

What type of skin cancer does surgical excision treat?

Our dermatologists at Brentwood Dermatology usually recommend surgical excision to remove and treat a variety of skin cancers, including: 

 

If a patient suspects skin cancer or is experiencing symptoms of skin cancer, our dermatologists will typically perform a biopsy excision to closely examine the tissue and determine if cancerous cells are present. 

 

If the biopsy confirms a positive diagnosis, our experienced team may recommend a surgical excision procedure to remove the cancerous cells and margin for further examination.

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Contact Brentwood Dermatology for Board-Certified Skin Cancer Treatment

 

Are you looking for a board-certified dermatologist experienced in excision surgery? Brentwood Dermatology offers professional skin cancer diagnosis and several skin cancer treatments, including surgical excision, at our comfortable and state-of-the-art clinics in Tennessee. 

 

Book an appointment today and we can help make an informed decision on what skin cancer treatment is right for you.