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Liposuction vs. Coolsculpting: Which Is Right for You?

Liposuction has been, for a long time, the first choice for people looking to remove unwanted areas of stubborn fat. Coolsculpting is a newer procedure, but is gaining in popularity. For many, Coolsculpting – with its non-surgical, non-invasive approach and lack of down-time – may be the obviously better option. There are however pros and cons to each, so as Continue reading

How Does A Mohs Surgeon See Cancer Roots?

Mohs surgery is a highly specialized technique that removes tumors like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma layer by layer from the skin. During this process, the tumors are mapped out so only cancerous tissue is removed while healthy skin is spared. “These tumors can project downwards and outwards, in some cases with tiny finger-like extensions into the surrounding tissue,” Continue reading

Can I Drive After My Mohs Micrographic Surgery Appointment?

Skin cancer is a very serious medical condition, and its removal can be a lengthy process. Mohs Micrographic Surgery is considered one of the most effective treatments for skin cancer, as it is able to remove all cancerous tissue while sparing the healthy skin. Patients always have a number of questions about their Mohs micrographic surgery appointment, including how they 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

When Is Squamous Cell Carcinoma Considered High Risk?

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the 2nd most common type of skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma. Although these tumors are generally not considered as aggressive as melanoma, it is often advised to treat them as soon as they are recognized or diagnosed. “Although the chance on squamous cell carcinoma metastasizing is low, it is not zero,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, Continue reading

Bleeding after Mohs surgery

Every medical procedure, no matter how big or small, has a potential for complications. Although Mohs surgery is considered a minimally invasive, extremely accurate and precise method for removing malignant tumors from the skin, unwanted outcomes can from time to time occur. “The complication rate for Mohs surgery is actually extremely low,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, board-certified dermatologist and fellowship-trained Continue reading

The Facts About Cautery and Electrodessication in Dermatology

You can see it in just about every dermatology office. Most patients know if by its high pitched “beep” and unfortunate smell that follows treatment. So it’s quite natural to wonder: What is that cautery machine and what does it do? Cauterization involves the burning of part of the body in attempts to remove or destroy a benign or malignant Continue reading

What Is An Epidermoid Cyst?

A new growth, bump, or mole on the skin can certainly be concerning.  But not all growths are signs of skin cancer. Epidermal inclusion cysts, sometimes referred to as sebaceous cysts, usually appear as under-the-skin circular bumps or nodules that tend to be painless. Cysts often appear on the face, neck, or trunk of the body, and are not usually Continue reading

Are All Basal Cell Carcinoma Skin Cancers the Same?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common form of skin cancer. In general, these tumors are locally destructive, invading and destroying surrounding healthy skin and tissues, but rarely metastasizing and spreading into the body. “These tumors are extremely common, and if left untended, can cause significant damage,” says Dr. Adam Mamelak, skin cancer specialist and fellowship trained Mohs micrographic Continue reading

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