Stitches & Sutures

Suture Granuloma: New Bump On An Incision Line

Abnormal skin growths – lumps, ridges, or other seemingly random growths on or below the surface of the skin – can be very concerning. This is especially true if they come up at the site of a previously treated skin cancer. However, not all of these growths are worrisome. A suture granuloma, for example, can normally be found on or Continue reading

5 Common Treatments for Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer in the United States. It is also very treatable as it hardly ever metastases or spreads beyond the initial site. “The goal of treatment is to cure the patient’s disease before the tumor invades and destroys local structures,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic surgeon Continue reading

Can Stretched Earlobes Return to Normal?

So, you have decided the stretched earlobes, that were once so much apart of your personal identity, are no longer who you are. You want your old ears back, but will those large holes ever close? Can stretched earlobes return to normal? A Real Earful Earlobe stretching (often referred to as gauging) is a trend that is popular with young people. “A Continue reading

More Stitches Than Expected After Mohs Surgery?

Just A Couple Stitches Mohs micrographic surgery is a unique technique for removing cancerous growths like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma from the skin while sparing the maximum amount of healthy tissue. The skin is typically sutured together to repair the wound or ‘defect’ left by this surgical procedure. “Patients are often surprised by the number of stitches Continue reading

The Surgical Dog Ear | Why Isn’t My Scar Flat After Skin Surgery?

A dogear is a redundancy in the skin that can occur when the skin is stitched together. It has also been called a standing cone, pucker or pleat in the skin and can arise when wounds are repaired after Mohs surgery, excisions or other skin surgeries. “Despite proper healing, having no complications in the post-op period, a dog ear can Continue reading

What Is A Skin Biopsy?

Like other physicians, dermatologists rely on medical history and physical exam to diagnose a patient’s skin condition. When a patient’s skin problem isn’t straightforward, an additional work up is required. “Acne, eczema, psoriasis are all pretty common conditions,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist in Austin, Texas. “However, in cases where a patient’s rash has an unusual distribution, where Continue reading

Do I Need A Bandage after Mohs Surgery?

Patients diagnosed with skin cancer often seek Mohs surgery to have their tumors treated and removed with over 99% cure rates. The Mohs procedure leaves surgical defects that often then need to be sutured closed and repaired. But when the doctor places the last stitch, the procedure isn’t necessarily over. Covering Up The Evidence “I’m always surprised how quickly patients Continue reading

Dehiscence After Mohs Surgery

Dehiscence refers to the unplanned or spontaneous opening of a surgical wound after it has been closed with sutures or other methods. Although it is a rare complication after skin surgery, dehiscence has been noted to occur for a number of reasons. Why Can Dehiscence Happen? A healing wound, especially early in the post-operative period, is not as strong as Continue reading

How Strong Is My Skin After Surgery?

In a recent blog post “What Activities Can I Do With Sutures And Stitches In The Skin” Dr. Adam Mamelak advised what types of activities patients should and shouldn’t do after having a surgical procedure on their skin. Dr. Mamelak is a skin cancer expert and practices Mohs micrographic surgery at Sanova Dermatology and the Austin Mohs Surgery Center in Continue reading

What Activities Can I Do With Sutures And Stitches In The Skin

Stitches are one of the most common and secure ways to close a wound on the skin after Mohs surgery, excision, or other skin surgical procedure. An important thing to think about after you have received these stitches is when you can resume your normal routine. Here are a few pointers when it comes to working out, stretching, and other strenuous activities. Continue reading

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