Early detection is the key to permanent cure, which usually involves surgical excision in an office setting. Board certified dermatologist Dr. Robert Benson has a long-established reputation as an expert in the prevention, detection, and treatment of all skin cancers and has over four decades of experience both in the U.S. and New Zealand, the skin cancer capitol of the world. Dr. Benson with our team of board certified dermatologists, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants, diagnose cancerous lesions on a regular basis. Our Mohs surgeon is board certified dermatologist Dr. Nick Frank who is fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery and dermatologic oncology.
The two most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. They can usually be cured without risk to your overall health if treated expeditiously. The gold standard treatment for these common skin cancers, especially if they occur in cosmetically sensitive areas, is called Mohs micrographic surgery. This is an outpatient procedure done under local anesthesia. All performed in one day by Dr. Frank, this surgical technique allows precise removal of the skin cancer, rapid evaluation under the microscope to ensure complete removal of the cancer, and repair of the skin while minimizing scarring.
Our patients receive the latest and most effective preventative measures with a range of specialty antioxidants, sunblocks, cosmetics, and Photodynamic Therapy. Detection of skin cancer is an everyday occurrence at Benson Dermatology due to our regular and intensive screening exams by our board certified team of specialists. Surgical or medical removal of skin cancers is our specialty, with most excisions done in the office under local anesthesia yielding excellent cosmetic results.*
If you or a loved one has a skin growth which is new, changing in color or size, irritated or ulcerated, or dark or multicolored, please call our Ponchatoula, Covington, Amite, or Walker office for an appointment. The same advice applies if you have a close relative who's been diagnosed with melanoma.
Our office specializes in treating skin cancers using state of the art technology and procedures that minimize post surgical scarring. One of our gold standards of treatment for skin cancers is known as Mohs Surgery. Click here to learn more about Mohs Surgery for skin cancer.
But skin cancers which are larger or located in cosmetically important areas such as the central face pose a challenge: how much skin should be removed to completely extract the cancer's roots and yet leave enough skin to expertly minimize the scar? In these cases Mohs surgery, named after Dr. Frederick Mohs who developed the procedure, is desirable. Mohs surgery takes the guesswork out of skin cancer removal because it traces the cancerous growth microscopically throughout the procedure. This, in turn, causes the least amount of tissue removal plus adds the assurance that the resultant wound is repaired cosmetically only after there is microscopic validation that the cancerous roots have been removed. Since Mohs surgery takes the least amount of tissue while assuring that the cancerous roots are eradicated, the maximum amount of healthy tissue remains to minimize scarring. Dr. Nick Frank, Benson Dermatology's in-office Mohs surgeon, is fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery and dermatologic oncology with thousands of successful skin cancer eradication cases.
Board certified dermatologist Dr. Nick Frank is fellowship-trained in dermatologic oncology and micrographic surgery and has years of experience performing thousands of Mohs cases. If you have a changing mole or a skin spot that concerns you, please contact Benson Dermatology to schedule your spot check by one of our board certified skin specialists.
A STEP ABOVE
Since not all Mohs surgeons have equivalent training and level of skill, Benson Dermatology is committed to offering Mohs surgery performed only by a fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon such as Dr. Nick Frank. Mohs fellowships are highly selective programs, include 1-2 years additional post-dermatology residency training, and require a minimum of 500 post-residency surgical cases, especially the most difficult types.
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180 N. 5th St.
Ponchatoula, LA 70454
190 Greenbriar Blvd. #103
Covington, LA 70433
(985) 898 7999
309 West Walnut St., Suite A
Amite, LA 70422
29799 South Walker Rd.
Walker, LA 70785