What is Surgical Excision of Skin Cancer?

Surgical excision of skin cancer is a technique used to remove skin cancer from the skin. This technique works best to remove basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Surgical excision is one of the most common ways to remove skin cancer, and often leaves the best aesthetic outcomes.

Who is a Candidate?

Individuals who have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or who are concerned about the appearance of a mole can benefit from surgical excision. A consultation will be needed with Dr. Howland for him to examine the concerning area and to determine if surgical excision is the right approach for you.

What to Expect

During surgical excision of skin cancer, the targeted area is numbed, and the cancerous tissue is removed via a scalpel. An area of surrounding healthy skin will also need to be removed to ensure that all cancer cells are removed. The incision will then be closed with stitches.

Following your excision, the skin that was removed will be sent to a lab and examined by a pathologist to see whether any cancer cells still exist. If so, further treatment will be required to eliminate all of the affected skin and tissue.


Following surgical excision, scarring may occur. The wound may also cause pain, which can be controlled with pain medication. The exact amount of time needed for the wound to heal will depend on the amount of tissue and skin that was removed.

Following skin cancer removed, it is suggested that you schedule regular check-ups to be sure that all cancer cells are eliminated.

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with skin cancer and is interested in having it removed via surgical excision, contour our office today to schedule a consultation. We serve patients in the Salt Lake City and Draper, UT areas.


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