Liquid nitrogen is applied to the growth with a spray device or cotton-tipped applicator. This freezes the tissue without requiring any cutting. This treatment is usually for pre-cancerous lesions and for the earliest, most superficial skin-cancer lesions. treatment will result in some short-term blistering, and occasionally, long-term permanent discoloration leaving skin white. Contact Dr. Navid Ezra for more information.
Mohs (Skin Cancer) Surgery
Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment for most types of skin cancer. The Mohs procedure involves surgically removing skin cancer layer by layer and examining the tissue under a microscope until healthy, cancer-free tissue around the tumor is reached (called clear margins). Each Mohs surgeon is specially trained as a cancer surgeon, pathologist, and reconstructive surgeon and this results in Mohs surgery having the highest success rate of all skin cancer treatments – up to 99 percent.
Because of Mohs surgery’s high success rate, most patients require only a single surgery.
Photodynamic Therapy (PDT)
A chemical agent that reacts to light is applied to the growths at and absorbed by the abnormal cells. Hours later, those medicated areas are activated by a strong light and the treatment selectively destroys abnormal cells while causing minimal damage to normal tissue. This treatment is best for pre-cancerous and some types of superficial skin cancers. Contact California Dermatology Institute today to learn more.
Scraping and Burning
This technique is usually reserved for small lesions generally not on the face. Local anesthesia is administered, the growth is gently scraped off with a tool with a sharp, ring-shaped tip, and then the tumor site is burned with a small needle.
Standard Excision is the removal of a skin cancer along with some of the healthy skin tissue around it (margin). For this procedure, a local anesthetic is used to numb the area. After the cancerous area is removed, the incision is closed with stitches. If the incision is large, sometimes a skin graft or flap is required. Reconstructive surgery may be needed if the excision surgery creates a scar. Dr. Navid Ezra is highly experienced with excisional work. Contact California Dermatology Institute to schedule your procedure!