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Surgical Dermatology

Cryotherapy is a standard treatment for warts and can be done in his rooms. The liquid nitrogen application usually takes less than a minute. Doctor may trim the wart with a small blade before applying liquid nitrogen

Curettage is a scraping or scooping technique used to remove soft tumors, such as seborrheic keratoses, warts, molluscum contagiosum and basal cell carcinoma. Superficial growths are removed with minimal destruction of normal tissue. In many instances curettage is followed by electrodesiccation to control bleeding and destroy remaining fragments of tissue.

Shave biopsy is used if the skin lesion is suspected to only affect the top layers of the skin (epidermis and dermis) The dermatologist will take a very superficial slice of skin from the area affected with a scalpel, Dermablade or razor blade. There are usually no stitches required after a shave biopsy but there will be a small scab that should heal in 1-2 weeks depending on the skin lesion involved.

Excisional biopsy is used when a larger piece of skin is needed to make a correct diagnosis. The dermatologist will cut out a piece of skin with a scalpel blade. Stitches are usually required after an incisional biopsy

Cauterization  is the burning of part of a body to remove or close off a part of it in a process called cautery, which destroys some tissue in an attempt to mitigate bleeding and damage, remove an undesired growth (like warts)—or minimize other potential medical harm, such as infections when antibiotics are unavailable.