If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, surgical excision may be an appropriate technique to eliminate the cancer and the cancerous growth. The Skin Cancer Center at Goodman Dermatology has locations in Roswell, Marietta / East Cobb, Woodstock and Dawsonville, GA, to offer patients convenient and effective care.
What is Surgical Excision?
Surgical excision is a skin cancer treatment technique that involves the surgical removal of cancerous moles, lesions and other growths. With this technique, the cancerous cells are effectively removed from the body, preventing the cancer from spreading and curing the condition. During surgical excision, healthy skin around the growth is also removed to ensure complete removal of cancerous tissue. For this reason, it may be more suitable for smaller growths and specific locations. For patients who would like to minimize damage to the skin, Mohs surgery may be a better option. Surgical excision can be an effective solution for the following treatments:
How Much Does Surgical Excision Cost?
The cost of your surgical excision treatment will vary depending on the extent of treatment necessary, and may be covered by insurance. At Goodman Dermatology, we understand that each patient is entirely unique. With different skin types and treatment needs, each patient deserves a personalized treatment that is designed with them in mind. For these reasons, we are not able to provide an exact cost for treatment until we have the opportunity to assess your condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.
During your consultation, we will discuss your needs in order to determine this treatment plan and inform you of the cost of your surgical excision treatment. To make our treatments more affordable for our patients, we are proud to offer financing options through CareCredit®.
What is the Surgical Excision Treatment Like?
Surgical excision will begin with the application of local anesthesia to the treatment area. This will numb the treatment site so that you can remain comfortable throughout the duration of the treatment. Once numbed, the tumor, mole or related growth will be cut out of the skin using surgical tools and techniques. Afterwards, the incision will be stitched closed and the treatment will be complete.
Are There Any Side Effects After Surgical Excision?
You will experience soreness, swelling and bruising in the treatment area following your surgical excision. The severity of these effects will vary depending on the location and size of the cancerous growth removed.
Is There Any Downtime Required After Surgical Excision?
The downtime required after your surgical excision treatment will depend on the extent of treatment performed. Most patients are able to resume normal activities soon after treatment, but will have to take special care to protect the treatment area as it heals. This will require protection from the sunlight, as well as adjusting certain habits such as bathing and exercise.
What Kind of Results Can I Expect After Surgical Excision?
The goal of surgical excision is to completely remove a cancerous growth from the body. Following the treatment, the skin will be examined to ensure that all cancerous cells have been removed. If not, additional treatments are likely necessary. The success rate of this treatment will vary depending on the size and type of skin cancer being treated.
To learn more about surgical excision or to schedule your consultation at the Skin Cancer Center of Goodman Dermatology, contact us today. We are proud to offer these services to the residents of North Atlanta, including those in Jasper, Canton and Johns Creek, Georgia.