Melanoma excision: Area of skin removed

Picture of area of excision for melanoma

Surgery to remove (excise) melanoma removes the cancer and a border of healthy tissue.

  • The inner circle represents the melanoma and healthy tissue that are excised.
  • An eye-shaped incision is often done to neatly close the surgical site. Other ways of removing the melanoma can leave a scar shaped a little like the letter "Z" or a round scar.

Last Updated: December 5, 2008

Medical Review: Kathleen Romito, MD - Family Medicine & Alexander H. Murray, MD, FRCPC - Dermatology

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