SURGICAL

We want to help keep your skin healthy and beautiful from head to toe. Sometimes it is medically necessary to remove portions of your skin surgically to ensure your overall health. 

River Ridge dermatologists are board-certified and are dedicated to your health and the health of your skin.

We only perform medically necessary procedures or desired cosmetic procedures to maintain the health, function, and appearance of your skin. 

Advancements in surgical techniques allow your dermatologist to ensure that procedures are effective and beautiful. More than ever before, dermatologic surgical procedures are less intense, safer, and heal more quickly. 

Some dermatological surgery procedures we provide include excisions, flaps, grafts, nail surgery, laser surgery, and chemical peels. 

Below are a few forms that explain what you need to do to take care of your skin after a surgical procedure. If you have a surgery scheduled, or are considering a surgical option, please read the attached documents and give us a call if you have any questions or concerns. 


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Mohs surgery

Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique that targets cancerous skin cells while minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue.

Mohs surgery is done in short stages with lab work processed on-site while you wait.

Mohs surgery — the steps

Step 1. A surgeon trained in Mohs surgery, pathology, and reconstructive surgery examines the cancerous spot, possibly drawing some marks on the patient’s skin for reference, then injects a local anesthetic to numb the area.

Step 2. Using a scalpel, the surgeon removes a thin layer of visible cancerous tissue.

Step 3. While the patient’s wounds are being temporarily bandaged, an on-site technician processes the removed tissue. The surgeon analyzes it to determine if the cancer extends deeper beneath the skin. If it does, the patient will be called back into the operating room to have another layer of tissue removed.

Step 4. The team repeats the whole process until the edges of the last excised tissue sample are free of visible cancer.

Step 5. If needed, the surgeon closes the wound with stitches or a skin graft.

Step 6. The surgery is complete. The patient is given instructions on caring for the incision site.

River Ridge Dermatology is scheduling patients for this treatment during one week of every month.

Call today for more information or to schedule a skin check.

POST-SURGICAL CARE:

Below are a few forms that explain how to take care of your skin after a surgical procedure. If you have a surgery scheduled, or are considering a surgical option, please read the attached documents. Call us if you have any further questions or concerns. 

Post-surgical care information sheets:


CONDITIONS that MAY REQUIRE SURGERY: