SURGICAL DERMATOLOGY & PROCEDURES

At Gold Coast Dermatology Center in Delray Beach, we specialize in surgical dermatology and treatments. Regular skin exams are the best way to detect skin conditions that may require medical attention and/or surgical removal.

Surgical Dermatologist Delray Beach FLSkin cancers, abnormal moles, cysts, lipomas, and other growths that are either dangerous or symptomatic can be removed surgically in an outpatient setting without the need for general anesthesia. Other growths such as moles on the face, scars, or other unsightly spots can be removed with our highly experienced surgical dermatology team solely for cosmetic improvement of the skin. To learn more about our cosmetic dermatology services, simply call our office at 561.495.9797 or schedule an exam today.

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Skin Cancers

Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) often develop on the head, neck, ears or other parts of the body commonly exposed to the sun. Traditionally, they appear a white or waxy bump, sometimes including blood vessels. It is common for untreated bumps to bleed and develop a crust. This type of skin cancer grows slowly. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin tissue and bone. Treatment options include excision, Curettage and electrodessication, MOHS Surgery, Medicated creams, and Radiation.

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Skin Cancers

Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) often takes shape on parts of the skin usually exposed to the sun, but can also occur anywhere on the body regardless of sun exposure. Symptoms vary and can include a firm red nodule, a flat sore with a scaly crust, a rough and open sore on the lip, a red sore or rough patch inside the mouth. This type of skin cancer grows slowly. It rarely spreads to other parts of the body. Treatment is important because BCC can grow wide and deep, destroying skin tissue and bone. Treatment options include excision, Curettage and electrodessication, MOHS Surgery, Medicated creams, and Radiation.

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Melanoma

Skin Cancers

Melanoma’s initial symptoms often include a change in the shape or size of an already existing mole or the development of a new strange-looking growth. Be on the lookout for moles with an asymmetrical shape that have changed colors, have an irregular border, or becomes itchy. Melanoma that is recognized and treated early, it is almost always curable. However, if the cancer is not found in its superficial stages, it can spread to other parts of the body, where it becomes hard to treat and can be fatal. Self examinations should be performed once a month to help find skin cancers early. The ABCDE’s of melanoma are a good way to remember how to check your self at home for melanoma.
• A=Asymmetry: One half is unlike the other half.
• B=Border: An irregular, scalloped or poorly defined border.
• C=Color: Having a variety of colors is another warning signal. A number of different shades of brown, tan or black could appear. A melanoma may also become red, blue or some other color.
• D=Diameter: Melanomas are often larger than 6mm or a pencil tip earser.
• E=Evolving: Melanomas often change in size, shape, color, elevation, or another trait, or any new symptom such as bleeding, itching or crusting-points to danger.

If you see any of the above symptoms be sure to have the spot checked by your dermatologist.

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Cysts

General

Most commonly appearing on the face and neck, cysts are usually benign growths that are just beneath the skin. There are multiple types of cysts, including epidermal cysts, pilar cysts and milium. Cysts grow slowly and usually only need treatment when painful, infected, or ruptured. Successful removal consists of a simple surgical procedure, in most cases.

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Lipoma

General

A fatty lump that grows slowly and is almost doughy to the touch, Lipoma is usually harmless and treatment is not necessary. However, if the lipoma is painful or growing, they can be surgically removed in the office under local anesthesia.

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Moles

General

Nevus is the medical term for a mole. Congenital nevi are moles present at birth; acquired nevi develop anytime later. Nevi are made up of a particular type of cell, and the name is used to distinguish them from other, similar appearing fleshy growths. Having anywhere from ten to forty moles is not unusual in adulthood. These lesions are not harmful, but need to be monitored periodically for symptoms of skin cancer. Skin cancer screenings should be performed once a year by a board certified dermatologist.

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Skin Tags

General

Skin tags are prevalent in areas where skin rubs on skin. Common affected areas include the armpits, eyelids, chest, neck, and underneath breasts. They are benign and are easily removed in the office.

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Pre-Cancers (Actintic Keratosis)

General

Actinic Keratosis (AK) is a common pre-cancer caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet rays. AK can also go by solar keratosis. They resemble warts, with a rough texture, and are usually raised. Caucasians are far more likely to be affected by AK, and a current estimation has fifty-eight million Americans with some form of it.

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