Skin & soft tissue surgery
North Shore-LIJ Health System offers several specialized surgical care options for the treatment of:
Lipomas – This is a common benign (noncancerous) tumor that is made up of adipose tissue (body fat). Lipomas are soft to the touch and are usually painless. They are often removed as an outpatient surgery by direct excision (cutting out) and closure.
Scars (revision) – Scars are visible signs that remain after a wound from injury or surgery has healed. Scar revision surgery is performed to minimize the scar so that it blends in better with your skin. Scars can be different colors and textures, and may or may not be raised on your skin.
Your treatment options depend on the type of scar you have and may include:
- Topical treatments – medications are given in the form of creams, solutions, lotions, foams, sprays or ointments that are applied to the skin
- Laser skin resurfacing
- Surgical procedure with advanced closure techniques
Skin cancer - Some forms can be removed very easily and need minimal surgery, while others may require a more extensive surgical procedure. The two most common types of skin cancer are squamous and basal cell carcinoma. Surgical options may include:
- Cryosurgery – an instrument is used to spray liquid nitrogen on the skin to freeze and destroy unhealthy tissue.
- Curettage and electrodesiccation – a sharp surgical instrument called a curette is used to scrape the cancerous skin tissue.
- Excision – the cancer and a surrounding area of skin are directly removed. The remaining skin is then carefully stitched back together.
- Mohs microscopically controlled surgery – the surgeon removes a very thin layer of skin (along with the tumor) and examines it under a microscope, continuing to remove layers until the cancer is no longer seen.
Skin lesions – Various techniques may be used to remove skin lesions, which range from unwanted warts and moles to cancerous growths. Removal may be for cosmetic purposes or to make certain that a growth is not cancerous, and if so, to prevent it from spreading to other parts of the body.
Soft tissue masses – Soft masses of noncancerous tissue can grow almost anywhere in the body. If you have an abnormal growth, our doctors will examine it closely to decide whether to reduce or surgically remove it.