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Surgical Dermatology Atlanta | Dr. Kathleen J. SmithExperienced Dermatologic Surgeon

Growths on the skin can be safely removed by Dr. Kathleen Smith at Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta located in Decatur, GA. Dr. Kathleen J. Smith has extensive experience in performing Dermatologic Surgery for the removal of skin cancers, abnormal moles, cysts, lipomas and other growths. She can remove moles on the face, scars, or other unsightly spots solely for cosmetic improvements of the skin. Dr. Smith’s experience of performing thousands of surgeries on the face and body allow her to remove these growths in a way that make the ultimate scar as small and inconspicuous as possible.

Excision Biopsy

The main purpose of an excision biopsy is to both diagnose and treat a skin cancer. The biospy is mostly done under local anesthesia. Dr. Smith will remove the cancer and a border of healthy tissue all around it. The border of the tissue is carefully examined under a microscope to make sure it doesn’t contain any cancerous cells. Further surgery may be required if the border skin show signs of cancerous cells.

Wide Local Excision

When a biopsy shows that your skin cancer has not been completely removed, or that it was removed with a safety margin that was too small, you may need to undergo a wide local excision, to remove more tissue. This helps to ensure that the skin cancer does not return.

The area where the cancer was removed will most likely require stitches. The amount of skin removed depends on where the cancer was on your body, the size and type of skin cancer and how much skin was removed during the excision biopsy.

Reconstruction After Skin Cancer

If there is a large area of skin that is removed, you may need reconstruction surgery. Excision of a skin cancer creates a tissue defect that will require surgical repair. For those tissue defects that do require surgical repair, Dr. Smith can provide careful planning as to the best reconstruction method to achieve great results and to avoid problems.

Most of these surgeries can be performed by Dr. Kathleen Smith at their office located Northeast of Atlanta. Dermatology Specialists of Atlanta serves patients from Midtown, Buckhead, Tucker, Druid Hills, Clarkston, and Stone Mountain.




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