Skin Surgery

Apopka Medical Center

Dean Behner, MD

Internal Medicine located in Apopka, FL

Living in sunny Apopka, Florida, allows year-round opportunities to enjoy outdoor activities. The downside of spending so much time outside is excessive exposure to the harmful UV rays from the sun which can increase your chances of skin cancer. At Apopka Medical Center, Dr. Dean Behner offers skin assessment and surgery to remove skin cancer, actinic keratoses, and other abnormal growths. If you’re concerned about skin cancer, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Skin Surgery Q & A

What is skin surgery?

Dr. Behner performs skin surgery to excise abnormal skin growths like warts, moles, actinic keratoses (precancerous skin cells), and skin cancer. He also performs biopsies to confirm a skin cancer diagnosis.

Depending on the size and location of your growth, Dr. Behner can use a variety of skin surgery techniques. Some of the standard skin surgery methods include:

  • Shave excision
  • Scissor excision
  • Full-thickness excision
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation
  • Laser excision

Why would I need skin surgery?

You may choose to have skin surgery for medical or cosmetic purposes. Dr. Behner carefully removes benign skin growths to improve the appearance of your skin. You may also need to have a malignant growth removed from your skin to protect your health.

Everyone has moles and freckles on their bodies. You should keep an eye on your existing moles for changes that could indicate skin cancer, and watch for new growths, too.

Abnormal moles are identified by the ABCDEs.

  • Asymmetry: aren’t perfectly round
  • Borders: blurry or irregular borders
  • Color: black, dark brown, red, blue, or mottled
  • Dimensions: larger than the size of a pencil eraser
  • Evolution: change shape, size, or color

If you have a family or personal history of skin cancer, you should have routine skin exams with Dr. Behner as well as your at-home checks.

What should I expect during skin surgery?

During your skin surgery, you relax on a treatment table and wear a sterile hospital gown. Dr. Behner thoroughly numbs the skin and tissue around the abnormal growth. Once your skin is numb, he uses a scalpel, surgical scissors, or laser to carefully remove your skin lesion.

If necessary, Dr. Behner closes your surgery site with a stitch and covers the incision with a sterile bandage. However, most skin surgeries don’t require stitches.

How should I take care of my skin after surgery?

After your surgery, Dr. Behner gives you customized instructions to take care of your surgery site and schedules a follow-up appointment to monitor your recovery. You need to keep the incision clean and covered, and Dr. Behner may prescribe a topical, antibacterial ointment to support healing.

In general, you should take care to reduce your sun exposure and always wear a broad-spectrum sunscreen, even when you’re not planning on spending a lot of time outside.