Surgical Dermatology ~ Skin Treatment Services
At Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of York, we use the following surgical treatments:
Cryotherapy (Liquid Nitrogen)
Skin Tag Removal, Wart Removal, Lesion and Benign Mole Removal
Cryotherapy uses liquid nitrogen to freeze skin lesions. The extremely cold temperature of liquid nitrogen kills the skin cells on the topmost layer. Cryotherapy is most commonly used for removing warts, seborrheic keratoses, actinic keratoses, and other benign lesions.
Excision / Curettage
Skin Tag Removal, Wart Removal, Mole Removal
Curettage is the removal of a skin lesion with a sharp knife. Curettage is usually performed for the removal of warts, skin tags, and superficial skin cancers such as a basal cell carcinoma or noninvasive squamous cell carcinoma in situ. Curettage may be repeated several times to remove the tissue or it may be combined with other procedures, such as cryotherapy. A local anesthetic is applied before the procedure to numb the skin.
Cancer Prevention, Mole and Lesion Testing
Skin biopsy is a procedure that removes a portion of skin for diagnostic testing. Skin biopsies are frequently performed on dark spots, moles, or other skin lesions to determine if they may be skin cancer. A skin biopsy may also be performed if a skin condition cannot be diagnosed by other means, such as through a skin exam and medical history. There are several types of skin biopsy procedures. The type of biopsy performed depends on the suspected cause of the skin lesion and its location on the body.
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At Dermatology and Skin Surgery Center of York, we treat the following conditions surgically using the appropriate treatment:
Actinic Keratoses (Skin Patches)
Actinic keratosis are dry, scaly patches that form on sun exposed areas of the skin, including the scalp, face, forearms, and back of the hands. A single lesion is called an "actinic keratosis" or "solar keratosis". Actinic keratoses are usually scaly, feel like sandpaper to the touch, and range in color from skin-toned to reddish-brown. Actinic keratoses may be as small as the head of a pin or as large as a quarter (or bigger, if left untreated).
Cysts are slow-growing, small bumps that develop beneath the skin. They are usually painless and tend to occur on the face, neck, trunk, and sometimes the genital area.
Seborrheic Keratoses (Skin Spots)
Seborrheic keratosis are dark skin growths that appear in adulthood. Although they may be large and grow quickly, they are benign. They are not caused by sun damage so they may be typically found on areas both covered and uncovered by clothing. Seborrheic keratoses tend to run in families. Initially, they appear as slightly raised, light brown spots and evolve into darker, thicker lesions with rough, warty surfaces.
Skin tags are a common, benign type of growth that appear on the surface of the skin, often hanging by a stalk. They vary in size, growing as large as 5cm. They frequently appear in skin folds of the armpits, neck, belly, and groin. Skin tags appear more often in those who are obese or have type 2 diabetes. They are also called acrochordons.
Warts are growths on the skin caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV). They are very common, particularly in school-age children. Types of warts include: common warts, flat warts, and plantar warts. Warts can spread by direct contact to other parts of the body, or to others. They are painless unless they appear on the soles of the feet.