Surgical Treatments for Skin Cancer

Most treatments last less than an hour and are performed under local anesthesia in the office, a method that lowers the cost of the procedure and your risk of adverse effects to anesthesia. Here are some surgical options for skin cancer and other dermatology conditions:


  • Cryosurgery: In this method, the dermatologist applies a small amount of liquid nitrogen to the skin by spraying. The liquid nitrogen quickly freezes the cells in the lesion and, as they thaw, the cells die.
  • Curettage: This procedure is done with a local anesthetic. The dermatologist uses a spoon-shaped curette to remove the skin cancer and the damaged tissue. The lesion can be sent for a biopsy.
  • Electro surgery: This method works in reverse when compared to cryosurgery. It involves the application of electricity to heat the affected area. Dermatologists use electrosurgical methods after curettage to cauterize the wound.
  • Surgical Excision: This procedure involves cutting into the skin with a scalpel. Generally, the cut includes a border of healthy skin around and underneath the lesion. The wound is then closed with sutures.
  • Mohs Surgery, Radiation Therapy, and Plastic Surgery are also available in South Texas.
  • A non invasive, painless treatment for non-melanoma skin cancers is now available.