TruDerm is a cutting-edge dermatological practice in Allen and Plano, TX that offers medical and cosmetic treatments for various skin conditions including skin cancer. When a patient has skin cancer, one of our providers will examine the skin and determine the best form of treatment. Typically after an exam, the next step will be surgical excision. The excised, or cut, tissue will be sent to a pathologist for further testing to determine whether or not the skin cells are benign. If you think you may have skin cancer, call our practice right away. We can perform a thorough exam and discuss all your treatment options during your consultation.
Since surgical excision is an invasive process, anesthesia or local anesthesia will be administered prior to the procedure. A small amount of tissue will be removed using a scalpel and sent to a pathologist for testing. Excisions will be sutured closed with disposable stitches. A chemical will be applied on the treatment area to stop any bleeding and an antibiotic ointment will be applied to accelerate the healing process. In addition, a sterile badge will be applied to protect the wound and keep it from getting infected.
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What to Expect
Since anesthesia is used for excision, a patient shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, a patient may experience a sensation of pressure as the cuts are being made in the target area. For some patients, this could be a source of discomfort. The overall length of the surgery will depend on the patient’s particular case and on which area of the body the excision will be performed.
The length of recovery and downtime depends on the location and extent of the particular excision. After the procedure, a patient may experience general discomfort in the area where the excision took place. For the first few days following the surgery, the patient may be advised to take an over-the-counter medication such as acetaminophen to alleviate pain. A patient can also expect some scarring which will appear red for the first few weeks, but over time, it will lighten. Various creams or gels can be applied to help lighten the scar. To protect the wound, a bandage should be placed over the treatment site when out in the sun.
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Seek medical attention
Whenever a patient encounters any type of growth that appears abnormal, he or she should seek medical attention as soon as possible. The growth could be cancerous and the sooner it is discovered, the better the patient’s chance for recovery. An excision also allows for cells to undergo further testing which could confirm whether the skin cells are cancerous. Schedule an appointment now to meet with one of our providers to examine the growth, discuss medical and family history, and learn of all the treatment options that are available.