Manage Your Skin Conditions
Surgical Dermatology refers to that subspecialty of dermatology that manages skin conditions through surgical procedures. Whether you need to have a small mole removed or skin cancer, Lilly Dermatology should be your first choice for:
- Scar Revisions
- Reconstructive Surgery
- Biopsy of a Suspicious Mole
- Benign Mole Removal
- Liposuction for Unwanted Fat
- Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Live Your Best Life
Many types of skin conditions are treated with surgical excision such as:
- Benign growths such as cysts and lipomas
- Atypical Moles
- Skin Cancers
- Cosmetic removal of mole and unwanted spots
Mohs Micrographic Surgery
Mohs surgery, named for Dr. Frederic Mohs is a surgical procedure for skin cancer during which the surgeon removes the tumor and a very small area surrounding it. The tissue is then processed in an on-site lab while the patient waits for the results. The surgeon is also trained to act as the pathologist and evaluates the entire margin of tissue under the microscope. If there is any remaining skin cancer, the surgeon can map out exactly where the residual tumor is on the patient’s skin, and only remove more skin in that location. Once the surgeon is confident that all skin cancer has been removed, he or she will determine the approach to obtain the best healing result.
Mohs micrographic surgery is the treatment of choice for many skin cancers, especially those located in areas where it is vital to spare as much normal skin and tissue as possible. This procedure offers the highest cure rate of any treatment for non-melanoma skin cancer – up to 99 percent for basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. It also minimizes the removal of surrounding healthy skin, which leaves the smallest wound or scar possible. The procedure is performed on an outpatient basis and under local anesthesia.
Dr. Mercy Odueyungbo completed a year-long Mohs surgery and cutaneous oncology fellowship during which she received extensive training in surgical and reconstructive techniques. At Lilly Dermatology you can be confident that you will receive expert care that is individualized to your needs.