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How can Bay Area dermatologists remove skin cancer from the nose?

How to remove skin cancer from the nose

Skin cancer can be a scary diagnosis. Patients who have been told by their dermatologist that cancerous skin cells have been found on their body or face may feel unsure as to how to proceed with their care. Patients in the Bay Area may be concerned that the removal will cause disfigurement. Thankfully, patients can choose from many methods of removal and can work with the team of The Skin and Laser Treatment Institute to determine which treatment is most appropriate.

The methods of removing cancerous skin cells vary and a number of treatments and techniques are available including:

Excision

Using a scalpel, Dr. Christine Lee can remove the entire growth that has formed along with a safe margin of surrounding skin to ensure all areas or addressed. The surgical site is closed with stitches and approximately 92% of patients who undergo this method of removal are cured.

Electrosurgery

With electrosurgery, the skin cancer growth is removed with a curette and heat produced by electricity is used to destroy the rest of the tumor and control bleeding. This is often done several times to ensure the deeper layers of the skin are addressed. This type of removal is often avoided on areas of the face and body that are exposed.

Cryosurgery

Instead of heating the area, another method of removal is cryosurgery, during which the skin cancer growth is frozen with liquid nitrogen. This comfortable procedure does not require any anesthetics and it can be completed without any cutting or bleeding. Patients may enjoy a cure rate of 95% or higher over the course of five years after cryosurgery has been completed.

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

The most commonly recommended technique for removing cancerous skin cells is Mohs micrographic surgery. This method removes skin layer by layer while analyzing for cancerous cells. This keeps as much remaining healthy skin as possible while removing even deeper areas of skin cancer. This has an approximate cure rate of about 97%.

Dr. Christine Lee

Dr. Min-Wei Christine Lee

Dr. Christine Lee is a Board-certified Dermatologist with sub-specialties in laser surgery, cosmetic surgery, Mohs Micrographic Surgery, facial plastic reconstruction, and dermatologic surgery. She leads The Skin And Laser Treatment Institute as its Director and serves as Clinical Faculty for the Department of Dermatologic Surgery at the University of California San Francisco. Patients travel from across the globe for her expertise, and Dr. Lee has trained thousands of stateside and international doctors.
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