Dermatosurgery is defined as the practice of dermatology that involves surgical procedures and minimally invasive treatments to improve the health, function and appearance of skin. Any surgical intervention carries with it different levels of risk of complications. In the case of Dermatosurgery however, the level of risk is relatively low.
However, it is important for patients who are thinking of undergoing Dermatosurgery to inform their consulting dermatologist of their history of allergies, smoking, drug intake, keloidal tendency, bleeding diathesis, herpes simplex infection, implantation of cardiac pacemaker (in case of electrosurgery) and procedures in the past.
Preparatory and investigative work leading up to Dermatosurgery includes basic laboratory tests, use of tretinoin before certain procedures like chemical peels, testing for lignocaine allergy, test procedures or patches in some cases, antibiotic prophylaxis, fitness for anaesthesia, etc.
After Dermatosurgery procedure, patients receive clear instructions about post-procedure care including dressings, medication, sun protection and follow-up visits. In case of unexpected development or complication, the patient must contact the dermato-surgeon or clinic.