Dermatologic Surgery encompasses a wide variety of methods to remove or modify skin tissue for health or cosmetic reasons. These methods provide high-quality, cost-effective skin surgery, which includes scalpel surgery, laser surgery, chemical surgery, cryosurgery (liquid nitrogen), electrosurgery, aspiration surgery, injection of filler substances. 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 or in an outpatient setting, usually under local anesthesia, with minimal pain, and low risk of complications.
Indications for Skin Surgery
The surgical Dermatology Consultation
- 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 symptoms such as pain, itching, or bleeding
- To improve the skins cosmetic appearance by removing growths, discolorations, or skin damage caused by aging, sunlight, or disease
After obtaining a medical history, the dermatologist will examine and diagnose the skin problem, explain what could happen if it is not treated, describe the procedures available as well as the risks and benefits of different treatment options, and discuss follow-up care.
Consultations are usually required before cosmetic procedures to discuss the procedure, treatment options, possible complications, postoperative restrictions, patient expectations, and questions.