Surgical dermatology manages the diagnoses and disorders of the skin and adjacent tissues using various surgical techniques. A skin condition can involve the superficial layer of dermis or advance deeper to layers of muscle or fat. Each procedure is unique and individual to the concern. Surgical procedures are often performed by Dr. Leslie Carter to remove suspicious skin lesions, unwanted moles, and skin cancers of all types. We also commonly remove cysts and growths, revise scars, and repair torn or stretched earlobes.

Skin Cancer | Cysts | Scar Revison | Lipomas | Earlobe Repair | Suspicious Skin Lesions

At Deschutes Dermatology, we are dedicated to addressing these conditions with expertise, ensuring the highest standard of care and support for our patients.

Why Choose Us

Choose Deschutes Dermatology for unmatched expertise and a commitment to your well-being. Our skilled team, led by Dr. Carter, offers comprehensive care for all your skin health needs, from skin cancer treatments to cosmetic enhancements. We prioritize patient education, personalized care plans, and the latest dermatological techniques to ensure you receive the best possible outcome. Experience the benefits of a professional, caring environment dedicated to supporting you every step of the way.

Surgical Dermatology FAQs

Surgical dermatology procedures treat a wide array of skin conditions, ranging from cosmetic concerns, such as benign moles and skin tags to more serious conditions such as melanoma and other forms of skin cancer. Additionally, conditions like cysts, lipomas (benign fatty tumors), and precancerous lesions (such as actinic keratoses) can also be addressed.
With a surgical dermatology procedure, you can expect an initial consultation to discuss the treatment plan, followed by the procedure itself, which is typically performed on an outpatient basis. Local anesthesia is commonly used to ensure comfort, and the dermatologist will provide detailed instructions on pre-procedure preparation and post-procedure care.
Dermatological surgeons use specialized techniques designed to minimize tissue trauma and the resulting scar tissue. Following surgery, strictly adhering to instructions for wound care, protecting healing areas from sun exposure, and not smoking are vital for healing to occur at an efficient rate. Prolonged healing leads to thicker scar development, and even worse, increases the potential for infection and a further delay in healing.
The recovery period varies widely depending on the procedure performed and the individual patient. Minor procedures may require only a few days of downtime, while more extensive surgeries might necessitate several weeks of recovery. Discuss any concerns regarding activities during your initial consultation.
Many surgical dermatology procedures, especially those deemed medically necessary for the treatment of skin cancer and other health-related conditions, are covered by insurance. Cosmetic procedures are typically not covered. It is important to consult with your insurance provider and the dermatology office to understand your coverage before undergoing any surgical procedure.
As with any surgical procedure, there are risks involved, including infection, bleeding, scarring, and allergic reactions to anesthesia. However, when performed by a qualified dermatologic surgeon, the risks are minimized. Your surgeon will discuss these potential risks and how they are mitigated during your consultation.

Contact Us to Request an Appointment

Get started by scheduling an evaluation, our team is ready to provide you with expert dermatology care and comprehensive patient support before, during, and after your treatment. Whether your skincare needs are cosmetic or medical, we can help. Take the first step towards beautiful healthy skin and arrange your surgical dermatology consultation at Deschutes Dermatology in Bend, OR.


Please schedule a full consultation with our office to decide which service is the best option for you. During the appointment, you and your provider will discuss medical history, benefits and expectations.