Atlanta's Skin Cancer Experts

Think you might have skin cancer? 


Are you concerned about a suspicious spot on your body? 

Have you had multiple sunburns or used a tanning bed?

Is an existing mole changing color, size or is there an appearance of a new one?

While most moles are not melanoma, it is important to get them checked by one of our Board Certified Dermatologists. Melanoma most commonly arises from a newly appearing mole or a mole that has changed or evolved. If you notice any changes in existing moles or the appearance of a new mole, it is important to make an appointment as soon as possible the earlier you catch melanoma, the easier it is to treat.


One of our ATL DERM Skin Cancer Experts will give you a full body scan because even places that don't see the sun can develop a melanoma. To some patients, this can be a bit unnerving, however our team of experts will put you at ease and make sure that there is no suspicious spot hiding.  


We understand that any cancer diagnosis can be frightening to hear. If a melanoma has been diagnosed and staged, your Skin Cancer Team of Experts will discuss your treatment options with you. We make sure that our patients make an informed choice about the options available. We are by our patients side for every step of the process.  

Whether you have been diagnosed with Melanoma, Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, or Actinic Keratosis, we can discuss a variety of skin cancer treatments to help you decide what the best course of action is.

ATL DERM offers various forms of cancer therapy including:

  • Curettage and Electrodessication 

  • During this common procedure, the skin lesion is removed with a curette, which is a sharp, spoon-shaped instrument. The area is then treated with an electric current that helps control bleeding and destroys any remaining cancer cells. This is called electrodessication. 

  • MOHS Surgery

  • MOHS surgery is a highly specialized treatment for the total removal of skin cancer. This method differs from all other methods of treating skin cancer by the use of Complete Microscopic Examination of all the tissues removed surgically as well as detailed mapping techniques to allow the surgeon to remove all of the roots and extensions of the skin cancer.

    The procedure is begun after the skin is injected with a local anesthetic to make it completely numb. Then the visible cancer and a very thin layer of skin are removed with a scalpel, carefully mapped, and examined microscopically. If there is still cancer seen under the microscope, another very thin layer of skin is removed from that exact location. This may be repeated as often as necessary to completely remove the cancer.

  • By using the detailed mapping techniques and complete microscopic control, our MOHS surgeon can pinpoint areas involved with cancer that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye. Therefore, even the smallest microscopic root of cancer can be removed. The result is:

    1) the removal of as little normal skin as possible.

    2) the highest possible of curing the cancer.

  • Cryotherapy (Freezing) 

  • This procedure, uses liquid nitrogen to freeze and destroy abnormal cells. It is usually used to treat precancerous skin conditions. The liquid nitrogen will sting when it is first applied to the skin, and then the skin will blister and shed off. More than 1 freezing may be needed. 

  • Laser Therapy 

  • A narrow beam of high-intensity light can destroy precancerous skin conditions that are located only in the outer layer of the skin.

  • Wide Excision 

  • When a large tumor is removed, the incision may be too large to close, so our surgeons may use skin from another part of the body to close the wound, help with healing, and reduce scarring.

  • Photodynamic Therapy

  • The specific area(s) of the skin, such as the face, scalp, or arm, is treated with a chemical that makes the skin more sensitive to a specific type of light we offer at ATL DERM. Then the area is exposed to this light, and the cancerous and precancerous cells are eliminated. 

Your team will discuss the following factors in what treatment to provide:

  •  Your age and health. 
  •  The stage of the cancer.
  •  The success rate that treatment will cure your cancer (or provide benefit to in other possible ways).
  •  Your thoughts about the possible side effects from treatment.


About Skin Cancer

Three types of skin cancer account for about 95 percent of all skin cancers that occur: melanoma, squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma. Basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas are sometimes called "nonmelanoma skin cancers."

Nonmelanoma skin cancer is the most common type of cancer that affects humans. There are generally more than 1,000,000 cases diagnosed and treated in the United States alone. This exceeds the number of all other cancers combined. There are two main forms of nonmelanoma skin cancer:

* basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

* squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)

Both types of cancer appear to be related to sun exposure. BCC outnumbers SCC by a ratio of 3 or 4 to 1, and develops most commonly as a waxy spot that may crust and bleed when bumped. It tends to grow very slowly, over months to years, and although potentially quite disfiguring and locally invasive, BCC rarely spreads (metastasizes) to other parts of the body. SCC often looks like a mound of tissue or wounded skin that just "won't heal". Although not as dangerous as melanoma or many forms of internal cancer, SCC will occasionally spread to the local lymph glands and on to the rest of the body, and cause death in addition to local impairment. Thus, both types of nonmelanoma cancer need to be treated promptly once diagnosed.

Is Hospitalization Necessary?

No. MOHS surgery is performed in one of our comfortable outpatient surgical suites and you may return home the same day.

Will MOHS Surgery Leave a Scar?

Yes. Any form of treatment will leave a scar. However, because MOHS surgery removes as little normal tissue as possible, scarring is minimized. Immediately after the cancer is removed, we may choose:

 1) to allow the wound to heal by itself.

2) to repair the wound with stitches, or a skin graft or flap.

The decision is based on the safest method that will provide the best cosmetic results. We also have a full service cosmetic dermatology department at ATL SKIN, and offer a number of treatments that can assist in minimizing any visual scars. 


If you are facing a cancer diagnosis, you can rely on the compassion and professionalism of your ATL DERM Team of Experts during this difficult time. 

Our goal is to help you feel informed, confident and healthy once again! 

If you have questions about our skin cancer treatments or wish to schedule an appointment by calling our office at 404-296-8000.

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