Dermatologic surgery offers a variety of corrective and preventive procedures to diagnose and treat skin, nails, hair, and veins. Surgery can repair, remove or improve skin tissue and growth, and is used to treat conditions ranging from skin cancers to varicose veins to reconstructive flaps and grafts. Dr. Will Richardson is dedicated to staying at the forefront of research and developments in dermatologic surgery. He can advise you on the most appropriate surgical techniques in your case. Call or book a consultation online today at Natura Dermatology & Cosmetics in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Many therapies aimed at skin conditions are non-invasive and don’t require the insertion of any instruments into the body. However, certain conditions do require surgical intervention for the most effective medical and cosmetic results.
Precise modern techniques mean that dermatologic surgical procedures can usually be performed safely and quickly in the doctor’s office, maximizing the convenience and cost-effectiveness and minimizing the use of anesthetics and the resultant down time. Dr. Richardson advises patients on an individual case basis about how to balance their medical and aesthetic needs.
Dermatologic surgery covers anti-aging treatments, injectable and implantable soft tissue fillers, botulinum toxin treatments, acne scar correction, chemical peels, liposuction, vein therapy, and reconstructive flaps and grafts. Dermatologic surgery is often the most efficient way to deal with skin cancers.
There are three main types of skin cancer:
Skin cancer takes the form of a malignant growth on or within the skin. It has a variety of causes, from ultraviolet light exposure to a suppressed immune system to certain types of sexually transmitted viruses. Skin cancer is very common and accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States.
Excisional skin surgery is a simple yet effective technique for the swift removal of moles, cysts, skin cancer, and other skin growths. Dr. Richardson removes the unhealthy tissue using a scalpel and then closes the site with sutures or skin adhesive. The procedure usually lasts 45-60 minutes and is performed under local anesthetic in the office.
Mohs micrographic surgery is considered to be the gold standard for treating certain types of skin cancer, particularly basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma and has a high success rate. It involves a very precise method of surgical excision over a series of stages, during which Dr. Richardson removes a thin layer of skin tissue, examines it under a microscope for cancerous cells, and repeats the process until the cancer is entirely removed and only healthy skin cells remain.
As well as being extremely effective, Mohs surgery is minimally invasive and is recommended for areas of skin such as nose, ears, eyelids, lips, hairline, hands, feet, and genitals, in which preservation of healthy tissue is critical for cosmetic or functional purposes.