Skin Cancer and Precancers in Wellesley, MA

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Skin cancer tends to occur on sun-exposed skin and in those with lighter skin tones. A family history of skin cancer also increases risk. Early skin cancer diagnosis and treatment are important for a good outlook. The most common type of precancer on the skin is actinic keratosis, a rough, scaly patch that forms from chronic exposure to ultraviolet rays from the sun or indoor tanning. It is also called solar keratosis.

The three major types of skin cancer are melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Each type is named according to the type of skin cell it affects. When cells at the base of the epidermis are affected, it is a basal cell carcinoma. When the cancer cells appear in the upper layers, it is a squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer, affects the skin's pigment cells. It appears as a black or brown mole. At VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Wellesley, MA, we provide the most advanced and effective skin cancer treatments available.

Your personalized treatment will depend on the size, location, depth, stage, and type of skin cancer. The most effective form of treatment involves full removal of the growth. Some of our removal procedures are minimally invasive, noninvasive, or surgical and may be performed on an outpatient basis with local anesthesia. Below are some of the skin cancer treatments provided at VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics:

  • Mohs surgery is a very effective removal method for many types of skin cancer. This procedure can take a bit longer than other surgical methods because the lesion or tumor is removed in layers, and then each layer is examined under a microscope on-site to check for cancerous cells.
  • Cryosurgery is the use of liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy abnormal tissues.
  • Surgical excision is used for smaller, easy-to-reach skin cancers. We will administer a local anesthetic, and then the cancer will be excised using a scalpel and horizontal cuts around the growth and surrounding tissue. Small excisions can be sewn closed while larger excisions may need a skin graft to close up the wound.
  • Laser therapy is primarily used to treat actinic keratoses. Sometimes combined with other topical treatments, this procedure can effectively reduce cancerous and precancerous skin lesions.
  • Topical treatments in the form of creams, gels, or ointments may be used to help treat precancerous cells or skin cancer, depending on the site, size, and diagnosis.

On my first visit to Dr. Pomerantz, she was so completely thorough, she found the beginning signs of melanoma. Immediately sent me to have it removed. I will see her every 3 months for a complete body scan as her follow ups are very important. Thank goodness she found the melanoma as soon as she did. I can't thank her enough and can't talk her up enough. If you are looking for a great Dermatologist, SHE is the one for you.

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I am lucky enough to have some very good doctors, but I have to say Dr. Pomerantz is my favorite. She is very personable with an excellent bedside manner. Friendly and very thorough. She answers all question completely and explains everything. She does not rush through you visit and gives you as much that is needed. She removed a melanoma on my forehead that left a scar that is almost invisible. Her treatments for numerous pre-cancerous, sun damages area have all been 100% effective. I can without hesitation recommend her! Cliff (59-year-old Male)

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Saw her today. Very knowledgeable, and attentive. Great communication and did not rush.

J. Healthgrades

The doctor is caring kind down to earth an a excellent communicator.Her experience was invaluable in treating my skin condtion. I would highly recommend Dr Pomerantz.

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very nice and does a very thorough exam and asks good questions and readily shares information about your condition

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To reduce your overall risk of skin cancer, it is important to avoid excessive sun exposure, always use a broad-spectrum sunscreen, and have skin cancer screenings at least once a year — or twice a year if you have a family history or personal past with skin cancer. Take time to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you need expert dermatological care, contact Dr. Pomerantz at VivaSkin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Wellesley, MA for exams, detection, and treatment from an experienced specialist.

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