Do you have a mole you’d like removed? Is a skin tag making it hard to wear your favorite necklace? Or, maybe you’ve got a cancerous skin lesion that needs urgent attention. Catherine Ding, MD, FAAD, is a board-certified dermatologist who often uses her extensive skills as a surgeon to provide surgical dermatology care for patients at City Derm NYC in New York City’s Chinatown. She’s also skilled at cosmetic closure, which typically leaves you with a barely-there scar that continues to fade over time. Schedule a visit today either by calling the office or booking your appointment online.
Many people think of dermatologists as skin care specialists who prescribe ointments and various topical remedies for acne, eczema, and other concerns related to skin, hair, or nail health. And that would be correct, as far as it goes. However, because surgery can be a necessary component of effective dermatologic care, individuals specializing in dermatology also undergo advanced education and training in surgical procedures pertaining to the skin, which is known as surgical dermatology.
A dermatologist is often required to use surgery for:
Because surgery related to dermatologic issues takes place on or very near the skin’s surface, scarring is often quite noticeable. Also, especially in the case of skin cancer, the surgical wound is often larger than the original lesion because care is taken to make sure wide margins around the tumor are clear of cancer cells.
Cosmetic closure requires a very meticulous, precise suturing technique and follow-up wound care that helps prevent skin breakdown, slow healing, and other issues that may increase the risk of scar formation. Dr. Ding is also able to calculate where an incision should be placed to provide the least amount of scarring possible while ensuring effective treatment.
While even a gifted surgeon like Dr. Ding can’t prevent scars entirely, cosmetic closure helps ensure scarring is minimal, often nearly invisible after healing takes place, and that you’re pleased with the cosmetic results following your surgery.
As a bonus, Dr. Ding’s surgical expertise helps her provide precise injections of dermal fillers and other cosmetic treatments offered via the cosmetic dermatology services available at City Derm NYC.
For surgical dermatology expertise that provides effective treatment and minimizes scarring following your procedure, schedule a visit today with Dr. Ding. Call the office or book your appointment online.