What is Excision?

Surgical excision is done to treat all kinds of skin cancer. The procedure is fairly straightforward and done on an outpatient basis.

What to Expect from Treatment

During surgical excision, your dermatologist will begin by outlining the growth with a surgical pen, creating an elliptical shape (similar to the shape of a football). This shape removes more skin than a circle would, while resulting in a better-looking scar. Then, a local anesthetic will be administered, and a scalpel will be used to cut along the predetermined lines. Stitches will then be used to close the incision. This entire process usually takes about 30 minutes to complete. The removed tissue will be sent to a lab to see if all the skin cancer has been removed. If skin cancer is still present, then additional surgery is required.


Following skin cancer excision, recovery will vary, depending on the site and how much skin was removed. In some cases in which the incision is large, a skin graft or flap may be required. Reconstructive surgery may also be needed if the excision surgery creates a large scar.

If you are located in the Seattle area and have been diagnosed with skin cancer, contact our office today to discuss your skin cancer treatment options. Our dermatologists will work with you to create an individualized treatment plan to ensure the removal of all present cancer cells.