What is Dermatologic Surgery
Dermatologic Surgery is the application of surgical techniques to remove benign and malignant skin lesions.
Surgical excision – i.e. removal – is the first choice in malignant cutaneous lesions. Furthermore, a multitude of benign lesions of the skin, when their removal is desired, such as lipomas, dermoid cysts, hypertrophic scarring of keloids and other conditions, can be treated by dermatological surgery. Dermatologic surgeries are carried out in the medical office, and they usually last less than 30 minutes, while local anaesthesia is often required.
Before dermatologic surgery, an appointment is scheduled to examine and assess the lesion to be removed, as well as the general health of the patient who will undergo surgery, detailed information and instructions are also provided. After dermatologic surgery, re-examinations are scheduled at predetermined time intervals to remove any stitches and re-evaluation.
The lesions that are removed using dermatologic surgery are sent to the pathology laboratory for histopathological examination.