Clear Lake Dermatologists Serve Patients Requiring Malignant Melanoma Treatment in Webster, League City, Friendswood and Houston, TX
Malignant melanoma is a form of skin cancer that often appears to be a raised mole but is actually a tumor. Patients who have spots that change suddenly should see our doctors, as this condition is life-threatening if not treated promptly. Clear Lake Dermatology can diagnose and treat malignant melanoma for patients in Houston, League City, and the surrounding Bay Area.
Malignant melanomas may have uneven coloring or be extremely dark around the edges. They may also be asymmetrical in shape rather than perfectly round or oval. Any mole or growth that suddenly changes color or begins to bleed or ooze fluid should be looked at immediately.
Malignant Melanoma Treatment
A diagnosis of malignant melanoma normally begins with a skin biopsy. Under local anesthesia, our doctors will remove a small part of the spot in question to have it properly analyzed by a pathology laboratory. If testing at the laboratory confirms malignant melanoma, the next step is likely to be permanent removal of the spot.
Surgery to remove malignant melanoma is normally performed under local anesthesia. During this time, our doctors will remove the offensive growth along with a bit of extra skin around and under the tumor to ensure that all cancerous cells have been removed from the body. The wound is then closed with stitches and allowed to heal naturally. In some instances, a large amount of skin must be removed from underneath a cancerous growth because it is exceptionally deep. Skin grafts may be needed to fill holes in the skin left by malignant melanoma surgery.
Malignant Melanoma Post-Treatment
Most patients recover from melanoma surgery quickly and suffer few complications. Some swelling and bruising near the site may appear for a few days afterwards. Scarring is rare, but the removal of larger growths leads to an increased risk of this occurring.
Malignant melanomas are dangerous but are removable by our doctors. If you suspect you may have one of these cancerous growths, do not hesitate to seek treatment.