Surgery

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

How Can V-Beam Laser Improve My Scar After Mohs Surgery?

Scarring can be a major concern after any kind of surgery. “While Mohs surgery gives patients the comfort in knowing there is less than 1% chance of their skin cancer ever returning, they still have to contend with the scar that might be left behind after their surgery,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic Continue reading

How Mohs Surgery Helps Treat Your Skin Cancer

Cancer is a scary word, often associated with a great deal of stress and sadness. Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer affecting people. So it’s great news that boasting a cure rate of 99%, Mohs Surgery has the highest success rate for the most common type of cancer. What is Mohs Surgery? Mohs surgery uses a microscope 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

Kybella vs. Liposuction: The Advantages and Disadvantages

Kybella, or deoxycholic acid, is a new fat-dissolving, injectable drug used to treat double chin. “Kybella was introduced in the United States this past summer,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board certified dermatologist and cosmetic specialist in Austin, Texas. Currently, the gold standard for this procedure is liposuction. Will this new trend stand the test of time and replace liposuction as Continue reading

What Is A Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy and When Is It Recommended For Skin Cancer?

A diagnosis of cancer almost immediately leads patients to wonder about their prognosis, long term health and well being. “While the majority of skin tumors we treat, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, are local phenomena and don’t impact the body beyond the skin, there are a number of instances when skin cancer can spread,” says Dr. 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

Post Operative Pain: The Benefits of Ice After Mohs Surgery

Mohs Micrographic Surgery offers patients the comfort of knowing that their skin cancer is completely removed with the lowest possible chance of recurrence. Pain is one of the unfortunate side effects that can be experienced after any surgery, including Mohs, and is considered a component of the recovery period. One of the best things you can do after surgery is Continue reading

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