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