Surgical instruments

Information about procedures, topical treatments, medications, wound management and scar reduction, and more

Excision is a minor surgical procedure where a doctor removes a spot or suspected skin cancer. It can be performed either to cure a skin cancer or obtain tissue for a skin pathologist to examine and provide a diagnosis when skin cancer is suspected.
Cryotherapy works by destroying cells it comes into contact with. It is an effective and inexpensive treatment for conditions affecting the surface of the skin, such as solar keratosis and superficial skin cancers.
Vitamin B3 (nicotinamide) reduces the risk of basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma in high-risk people. Vitamin B3 also treats and prevents solar keratoses (“sun spots”). It is a simple, inexpensive and safe treatment.
Instructions for patients who have had excision with sutures (stitches) performed at Spot Check Clinic. If you find these instructions confusing or if you suspect a problem, we are happy to review your wound at any time after your procedure for any reason.
Early non-melanoma skin cancers (basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma) affect only the top part of the skin and can be treated successfully by several different methods. This page discusses the advantages and disadvantages of the most common treatments.
All excision procedures leave scars, but you can reduce the risk of overgrown or raised scars. Avoid stretching the wound, cover the wound with tape or silicone gel, and massage daily.