DERMATOLOGIC SURGERY

Dermatologic Surgery

General Dermatologist Services in New London, CT

Skin problems vary considerably in severity and appearance. Most can be removed or improved with minimum pain and risk at Dr. Miller's office in New London, CT.

According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), there are four reasons for performing skin surgery and dermatology care:
  • to establish a definite diagnosis with a skin biopsy
  • to prevent or provide early control of disease
  • to improve the skin's appearance by removing growths, discolorations, or damaged skin caused by aging, sunlight or disease
  • cosmetic skin improvement
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Dr. Miller performs the following dermatologic surgical procedures in her office:
  • Curettage & electrodessication involve scraping away suspicious or unwanted tissue with a sharp surgical instrument called a curette. An electrosurgical unit may then be used to stop bleeding and remove a zone of normal tissue.
  • Surgical excision involves cutting into the skin, removing the growth, and then closing the wound with stitches.
  • Biopsy means to remove a small piece of the skin for examination under the microscope and diagnosis.
  • Cryosurgery involves the use of a machine that sprays liquid nitrogen directly onto the skin, or contacts the skin with an instrument, which freezes the tissue to be destroyed. Freezing can destroy cancer cells, and wound healing will occur with minimal scarring.
  • Topical chemotherapy involves the application of a chemical, 5-fluorouracil, which destroys precancerous growths and sometimes cancerous tissue.
Many blemishes that occur on the skin, such as age or "liver" spots, birthmarks, moles, warts, wrinkles and scars, can be eliminated or at least improved by an appropriate dermatological surgical procedure.

During your office visit, Dr. Miller will discuss your medical history, examine and diagnose your skin problem, explain what could happen if it is not treated, and then describe treatment options and follow-up care. If Dr. Miller's examination indicates a likelihood of cancer, she may take a biopsy and schedule you for surgery at a later date.

Cosmetic surgical procedures typically require a consultation before they are performed. During the consultation, Dr. Miller will explain the procedure and how much discomfort, if any, will result, outline any post-operative restrictions, and answer questions you may have. You should always feel free to discuss any surgery and its cost with our general dermatologist.

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Post-Operative Wound Care Instructions

1. Leave dressing on dry surgical site for 12 hours. If sutures were used to close the wound, keep site as dry as possible (e.g.: showers only - no soaking) until sutures are removed.

2. Keep the site clean by removing the dressing and gently cleansing with hydrogen peroxide, rubbing alcohol or warm soapy water.

3. Apply Petrolatum to dry wound. If you run out of the sample given by the office, you may substitute an over-the-counter antibiotic ointment.

4. Cover with sterile adhesive bandage strip. Your wound site should remain covered until it is healed.

5. Change the dressing 2-3 times a day for 7 days.

If bleeding occurs, apply constant pressure to wound site for 20 minutes. In the event of excessive swelling, prolonged redness, drainage or tenderness, be sure to call our office.

Pathology results will be available in approximately 12 days from the date of your surgery. We will notify you of your results.
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