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    Melanoma Excision and Scar

    Melanoma Excision and Scar

    Area of excision for melanoma
    Scar after excision for melanoma

    Surgery to remove (excise) melanoma removes the cancer and a border of healthy tissue. In the "Area of excision" picture:

    • The inner circle represents the melanoma and healthy tissue that are excised.
    • An eye-shaped incision (cut) is often done so that the surgical site can be neatly closed.

    If the excision is small, the skin may be closed with stitches after surgery. The "After surgery" picture shows the usual shape of the scar after surgery to remove a small melanoma.

    If the excision is large, a skin graft may be needed.

    Other ways of removing a melanoma can leave a round scar or a scar shaped a little like the letter "Z."

    By Healthwise Staff
    Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine
    Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology
    Last Revised October 12, 2012

    Last Revised: October 12, 2012

    Author: Healthwise Staff

    Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Amy McMichael, MD - Dermatology

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