Surgery

What You Need To Know About How Melanoma Skin Cancers Grow

While it is not the most common type of skin cancer, melanoma can prove to be one of the most dangerous forms. Over 87,000 people will likely receive a melanoma diagnosis in 2017, and nearly 10,000 will die from the disease. “Malignant melanoma develops in melanocyte cells, which form melanin, a dark pigment in the skin,” explains Dr. Adam Mamelak, Continue reading

Reclassified: Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO)

Mohs surgery has long been recognized as the gold standard for treating cancers of the skin. Recently however, the American Board of Dermatology has renamed and reclassified training programs that teach this procedure so it is now referred to as Micrographic Surgery and Dermatologic Oncology (MSDO). “Mohs surgery is actually named after Dr. Fred Mohs, the surgeon who invented the Continue reading

3 Treatments for Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma is one of the major types of skin cancer in the United States. These common skin tumors grow from epithelial cells (also called squamous cells) and while it is a serious cancer, there are many treatment options available for patients with SCC. Cryotherapy Cryotherapy (or cryosurgery) is sometimes used for early stages of squamous cell carcinoma. It is Continue reading

What are the Different Types of Skin Cancer?

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. It has many risk factors including UV radiation from sun exposure and devices like tanning beds, but is usually one of the easiest cancer types to treat, with many treatments boosting cure rates of over 90 percent. “The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal Continue reading

How Does Mohs Surgery Compare To Radiation For Skin Cancer Treatment?

There are many ways to treat skin cancer, each with its benefits and risks. “It’s important that patients be informed of their options,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Dermatologist and skin cancer expert in Austin, Texas. “It is important that patients be aware of all their options and alternative treatments, to ensure they are receiving the optimal treatment for condition.” Is Continue reading

Mohs Surgery – Withstanding the Test of Time

What is it Mohs Surgery? Mohs surgery has been around since the 1930s. Even with all of the incredible advancements we have experienced in the decades since then, Mohs is still considered the most effective treatment for both squamous cell and basal cell carcinomas. The success rate for this procedure is about 99%. That’s not too shabby. It also has Continue reading

Which Supplements Should be Avoided Before Surgery or Cosmetic Procedures?

Do you know which supplements should be avoided before surgery or cosmetic procedures? We all know we need to tell our doctors about the prescriptions we’re taking, and even the over-the-counter drugs we’re on. But how often do you consider the potential risks supplements have to the safety of a medical procedure? “It’s a little ironic,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified Continue reading

Will My Skin Cancer Come Back?

After a patient undergoes skin cancer treatment and their skin has healed, one question is frequently asked: what are the chances of my skin cancer coming back? “I hear it all the time,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Mohs micrographic surgeon. “The anxiety around the medical procedure has passed. Patients feel relieved that they have recovered from Continue reading

Understanding Keloids and Hypertrophic Scars

Scarring after surgery or trauma to the skin can be a major patient concern. “We’ve developed medical and surgical techniques, as well as post-procedure treatments that can really minimize scarring while optimizing cosmetic outcomes,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist and skin surgeon at Sanova Dermatology in Austin, Texas. “What patients need to recognize is that not all scars 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

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