Surgical Dermatology

Surgical Management

Once a lesion has been diagnosed as a skin cancer, either through clinical examination or by a biopsy, many will require surgical treatment.

There are a number of surgical options for treating skin cancer. Factors that will determine which treatment option is best for you include the type, location and thickness of the skin cancer.


Surgical Excision

Surgical excision is the most common form of skin cancer surgery. It involves cutting out the skin cancer with a surrounding margin of normal skin. The wound is the usually sutured together.

In some circumstances the surgical wound will be closed with a flap of skin or a skin graft.



Curettage is a surgical procedure where the skin cancer cells are scraped off the skin using a surgical instrument called a curette. The wound is similar to a deep graze and does not require stitches. Curettage is usually performed on thin BCCs and some SCCs.