What is Surgical Dermatology?
At Dermatology – South in Hattiesburg, we perform an assortment of surgical dermatology procedures, including reconstruction and cosmetic. These procedures are used to diagnose and treat medically necessary and cosmetic conditions of the skin, hair and nails.
Many surgical dermatology procedures are minimally invasive, only requiring a local or regional anesthetic. Procedures at Dermatology – South include: skin cancer excision, benign skin lesion removal and treatment of infectious warts such as molluscum.
Skin cancer excision
If you have been diagnosed with a particular type of skin cancer or precancerous condition – your provider will discuss appropriate treatment options. Skin cancer excision is the surgical removal of the tumor and a portion of the healthy tissue surrounding the tumor to ensure adequate and complete removal. Generally, only a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. After the cancerous tissue is removed, the incision is often closed with stitches to provide faster healing and improved cosmetic results.
Mohs surgery is the surgical removal of skin cancer from your skin. It is the only treatment method that allows for evaluation of the margins (areas surrounding the visible skin cancer) while you wait, ensuring that all skin cancer cells have been removed before your leave the office. This results in the removal of the least amount of healthy tissue, which is especially important when skin cancer develops in a sensitive area where it is important to preserve as much healthy tissue as possible. Mohs surgeons not only perform the surgery, but also examine the tissue under the microscope to ensure all cancer cells have been removed. Mohs surgeons also have training in reconstructive techniques to enhance healing and minimize scarring, although sometimes a plastic surgeon is used for complex repairs. Dr. Waller is a board-certified dermatologist who performs Mohs surgery at Hattiesburg Clinic, and he is an affiliate member of the American Society for Mohs Surgery.
Benign skin lesion removal (cyst, mole and keloid removal)
Many patients deal with common benign growths like cysts, moles and keloids (raised areas of scar tissue) that are harmless, but are removable.
- Epidermal inclusion cysts are flesh-colored, firm bumps that are commonly found on the neck or back of adults.
- Moles are common benign growths, and are usually darker in color than surrounding skin. The development of these growths is attributed to age, race, genetic and environmental factors (such as sun exposure).
- Keloids are raised areas of scar tissue that may develop at the site of an injury. They can form on any part of the body and may become itchy or painful.
Treatment of warts and molluscum
When medical or noninvasive treatments for warts or molluscum are not successful, we may recommend the surgical removal of warts. The most common types of surgical removal include electrosurgery, curettage and lasers. Electrosurgery and curettage involves burning the wart with an electrical current with curettage is cutting the wart with a small spoon-shaped tool. An additional option is via laser, which destroys the wart with an intense beam of light.
These techniques can be painful and cause scarring – in some cases, a patient may require anesthesia.
If you would like to see one of our providers about surgical dermatology, please call 601-579-3130.
Hattiesburg Clinic Dermatology – South is a full-service dermatology clinic, dedicated to helping patients maintain healthy and beautiful skin. It is our goal to offer quality care to each patient, by utilizing a variety of innovative products and procedures to take care of the skin. We provide medical, surgical and cosmetic dermatology services to the Pine Belt area, including (but not limited to): Hattiesburg, Purvis, Columbia, Petal, Collins, Seminary and Sumrall.