Bryn Mawr Dermatology

Villanova, PA | Collegeville, PA

Surgical Dermatology

Surgical Dermatology

Bryn Mawr Dermatology is committed to offering comprehensive skin health solutions to patients with varying medical and cosmetic needs. In some cases, a surgical approach is required to get the most satisfactory results.

We are proud that our board-certified dermatological specialists provide the most cutting-edge surgical techniques with an attentive and aesthetic eye in both our Villanova and Collegeville locations.

When surgery is unavoidable or less invasive options have proven unsuccessful, you can trust that you are in good hands at Bryn Mawr Dermatology. The health and beauty of your skin are our main concerns, whether you are dealing with skin cancer, uncomfortable growths, or cosmetic concerns.

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Surgical dermatology includes removing dangerous or unsightly lesions, repairing skin where it has been breached, or remodeling previous surgical sites that have not healed most pleasingly. Our patients often visit individually or bring in their families to Bryn Mawr Dermatology for comprehensive skin care that meets the needs of all ages; we are skilled at providing surgical treatment and minimizing the visible signs that surgery was ever performed. Patients of every age group can feel confident about their procedure.

If you have a mole that is causing concern, you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, or benign lesions (like skin tags) are a cosmetic distraction, we welcome you to reach out to our team. With a thorough consultation, we can diagnose skin problems and recommend a treatment plan to protect your health and wellbeing.

We Are Experts in the Following:

Surgical Dermatology Services

Mohs Surgery

The procedure is recommended to consistently remove all of the dangerous cells while sparing healthy tissue and leave the smallest possible scar. Mohs surgery is the most effective treatment to remove BCCs and SCCs in cosmetically and functionally important areas like the on the face, fingers, toes and genitals. Skin cancers that are recurrent, rapidly growing, particularly large or have indistinct edges are also good candidates for Mohs micrographic surgery.


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Excisions & ED&Cs

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or an atypical mole, the most likely suggestion for removal will be a minor, in-office procedure that eliminates the questionable cells. Two options are available depending on your exact diagnosis, and will be recommended to you by your diagnosing physician. The first option is called an Electrodessication and Curettage, or ED&C for short. During this procedure you will be injected with local anesthesia, followed by a superficial destruction and removal of malignant cells with sterilized surgical tools. The second option, for growths requiring a deeper level of attention, involves local anesthesia followed by precise removal of the lesion with a scalpel, and results in two layers of sutures. Non-cancerous growths can als be removed via excision if determined medically necessary by your provider.


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Incision & Drainage

There are a variety of growths that commonly occur just under or within the skin that are created by the abnormal accumulation of bodily substances in a discrete area. Sometimes these growths are stable for years and do not require attention, but occasionally they can start to enlarge or become infected. In those scenarios your provider will let you know if it is appropriate to relieve the pressure by a simple procedure called an Incision and Drainage, also known as an I&D. If your provider deems this a necessary step, she will clean the area and proceed to breach the skin with a sterile tool and extract the accumulated substance with manual force.


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Foreign Body Removal

Getting a splinter in your finger is usually no cause for concern, but in certain scenarios a foregin body (any hard object that does not belong) embedded in your skin can be more troublesome. If you have a sliver of glass, metal or anything else stuck below the skin’s surface call to make an appointment to have it sterilely removed and avoid any ensuing infection that may occur.


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Laceration Repair

Laceration repair includes closure of cuts and puncture wounds that may occur from a variety of incidents such as childhood or household accidents. Our experienced medical staff takes special care to minimize scarring.


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Dermatological surgery can be intimidating for many, but we are committed to making the experience comfortable and educating patients on what they can expect. We understand that remnants of surgery on highly visible areas can affect a person’s confidence. Our highly skilled medical staff is always taking this into account, whether we are repairing a facial laceration for a young patient or performing a mole or skin tag removal on an adult. 


Meet Dr. Christine Stanko

Christine Stanko, MD, FAAD


My work has always required an attention to detail. I ensure every person has a good experience at our practice. I often ask myself: ‘If this were my family member, how would I treat him/her?’ I treat patients like my own family. For me that is the ultimate test if a physician is serving patients well.
Your Skin is Our Business.



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