About Surgical Excision
Among the most common skin cancer treatments is surgical excision. By using this technique, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin will remove the malignant lesion. The excised tissue is then sent to a pathologist for additional testing to determine whether or not the remaining area is cancer free. Dr. Martin is specifically trained to repair wounds created by cancer removal in all areas of the body, using techniques that minimize scarring and distortion. Call Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL to set up a private appointment to learn more about surgical excision and if it is right for you.
"I recently had a rhinoplasty done by Dr. Martin and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. He took the time to answer all of my questions and one of his amazing nurses even scheduled me an (free) appointment to help ease my nerves before my operation when I had tons of questions. My first appointment here I was able to schedule my surgery and even had a payment plan set up before I left. Everything turned out exactly how I wanted and was done within a month of my first appointment. Would highly recommend!!"- T.H. / Google / Jul 03, 2019
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"Dr. Martin and his staff are top notch. The office was beautiful and extremely clean. He took the time to explain my surgery in detail and answered all of my questions satisfactorily. My surgery went extremely well, recovery was quick, and I couldn't be happier. Highly recommend!"- L.T. / Google / May 24, 2019
"Dr. Martin is a very profession doctor with amazing bedside manner and explains everything in detail to you. Amazing technique and the whole process was very easy, simple and painless . Monica and Sabrina his nurses are always there when you need them and Kate is always so friendly."- H.M. / Facebook / May 12, 2019
Anyone with skin cancer or an undesirable skin lesion is a candidate for excision.
Smaller lesions may be removed under local anesthesia in the office, and larger lesions or those that would require more complex wound closure techniques are performed in a hospital setting. The wounds may either be closed primarily or with a skin graft or flap.
What to Expect
The duration of your downtime and recovery depends upon the location and severity of the specific excision, in addition to whether skin grafts or flaps were needed to finish your procedure. Following your procedure, you could experience a burning feeling or general irritation in the region where the cancer was excised. For the first couple of days after the procedure, you're advised to use an over-the-counter medicine like acetaminophen to relieve pain. You should also anticipate some scarring that will be pink initially, but that will lighten with time. Various topical treatments may be applied to help lighten the scar.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 0:20 - 1:00
- Post-op Follow-up
- two weeks
- Procedure Recovery Location
Skilled Skin Cancer Treatment
Anytime you see a skin lesion that looks strange, you should seek medical care as quickly as possible. The lesion can be cancerous and the earlier it's found, the greater your odds of success.