Skin Surgery Basics

Many types of skin growths can be easily removed in Dr. Tareen’s best Minneapolis dermatologist office through simple skin surgery which is a minor outpatient procedure. Growths may be either benign (noncancerous) or malignant (cancerous) so a biopsy and microscopic examination should always be performed. If a growth is determined to be malignant, further definitive treatment is required.

Depending on the type of lesion, Dr Tareen’s team of the best Minneapolis dermatologists will decide to either perform a tangential shave in which the growth is numbed then precisely planed with a blade. In this case, no sutures are placed and the wound heals naturally just as a scrape would. Alternatively, a deeper elliptical excision may be performed with a scalpel and suture closure. This is required for deeper growths including some types of moles and skin cancers. Some limitations will be placed on your exertional activity after the surgery but there is generally no other major down time associated with simple surgery.

Most skin surgery will result in small line scars that will eventually fade into the surrounding skin. In patients prone to keloids, raised scars may develop and can subsequently be treated with steroid injections. Stretching of scars is not uncommon on the trunk and especially the back given the vectors of forces derive from back movements and stretching.

If you develop a growth on your skin, it is important to have it evaluated promptly and if there is ongoing growth or change, a biopsy must be performed. Examples of common benign and malignant growths removed in Dr. Tareen’s best Minneapolis dermatologist office include:

Benign Skin Growths

Seborrheic Keratosis
Warts and Skin Tags
Cysts
Lipomas
Angioma
Pyogenic Granuloma
Neurofibroma
Moles
Dermatofibroma

Malignant Skin Cancers

Basal Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Melanoma

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