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This patient has been seeing me for quite a large skin cancer he had on his scalp. He had been showing it to his primary care for some years not, but the doctor just treated it by freezing it with liquid nitrogen, so it had grown to quite a large size. I removed it with Mohs surgery, and after this, the choices were either to let the area heal in slowly (heal by secondary intention), or place a graft on the area. If a graft was placed, I would have likely had to borrow skin from his abdomen or leg, and hair would not grow on this area. Also, a graft of this size has a higher chance of “not surviving”, meaning that it would still heal similar to a wound allowed to granulate in via second intent.
So, in this video, you can see how his scalp is healing.. it is doing so slowly, but the pinkness/redness will eventually subside, and I’m recommending he grow his scalp hair longer in the area to help disguise the bald spot. He certainly wishes he had this taken care of sooner, before is had an opportunity to get so large, but thankfully, now the skin cancer is gone.
He mentioned during this check up visit that he had a growth on his side that has been there for many years. As you can see, it’s a cyst and he let us remove it and film the procedure. Cysts are benign growths that don’t need to be removed, but won’t disappear on their own. They need to be excised and the entire cyst wall/sac needs to be removed to avoid reoccurrence.