These instructions are for patients who have had excision with sutures (stitches) performed at Spot Check Clinic.
If you suspect a problem, we are happy to review your wound at any time after your procedure for any reason.
In many cases, the fee for your excision will not be known until after we have received pathology results. In general, the fee is higher for procedures on technically difficult parts of the body and if the procedure is large. These factors are known at the time of performing the procedure. But the amount paid by Medicare is also dependent on the pathology result: Medicare pays more for melanomas and other skin cancers than normal moles and other harmless lesions.
The pricing model is complicated. The most common fee we charge is abut $230 but it can vary up to $800 or more for a complicated skin cancer excision, especially if it involves a skin graft or flap repair.
We will contact you to arrange payment of your excision fee when we have received your pathology result.
Note: Sometimes we already know the diagnosis because we have already performed a biopsy. In these cases, we request payment on the day your procedure is performed.
How to reduce scarring
After the stitches are removed, there's still a lot you can do to reduce the amount of scarring.
- Avoid stretching the area for another few weeks
- Apply silicone gel daily
- Massage the wound after the surface if the skin has healed