Basal Cell Carcinoma (BCC)

WHAT PURPOSE DOES MY SKIN SERVE?

Did you know that your skin is the largest organ on your entire body? It covers and protects all internal organs, serving as a barrier against germs and bacteria. Your skin also prevents your body from losing too much water (among other fluids) as well as helps control your body temperature. Your skin also protects the rest of your body from the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays all while helping your body produce vitamin D.

HOW COMMON IS BASAL CELL CARCINOMA SKIN CANCER?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is the most common type of skin cancer. More than 2 million cases of BCC skin cancer are diagnosed in the U.S. every year. This type of skin cancer typically forms on areas of skin that get frequent sun exposure -such as on the head or face, neck, and back of your hands.

WHAT IS BASAL CELL CARCINOMA (BCC)?

Often referred to as BBCs – Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed and frequently occurring type of skin cancer. BCCs are recognized as abnormal, uncontrolled growths or lesions that arise in the skin’s basal cells. BCCs are usually caused by prolonged sun exposure. It often shows on skin as open sores, red patches, pink growths, shiny bumps, or scars.

BCCs normally don’t spread. There have been exceedingly rare cases where BCCs spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening. While BCCs may be very common, it should not be taken lightly. BCCs can be disfiguring if not treated promptly.

HOW IS IT TREATED?

Cryosurgery (cryotherapy): With this treatment method, the dermatologist applies liquid nitrogen to the cancerous tumor to freeze and kill the cancer cells. This is typically repeated a few times during one office visit. After the dead area of skin thaws, it will normally swell, blister and then crust over. Fluid may drain from the wound for some time. On average it takes approximately 1-2 months to heal, leaving a scar. The healed and treated area may appear a bit discolored after treatment.

Photodynamic therapy (PDT): This treatment involves a unique liquid drug that is applied onto the skin. The drug gathers inside the tumor cells over a period of several hours or days. There it is converted into a different chemical making the cancerous cells very sensitive to certain types of light. Next a specific light source is focused on the tumor(s). Since the tumor’s cells have now become weakened and sensitive to this light, the cancerous cells are killed.

Mohs surgery: In this procedure, the skin is removed in very thin layers. Each layer is examined under a microscope for cancer cells. If cancer cells are found, the surgeon removes another thin layer of skin. The operation continues and layers are continuously removed until a layer shows no signs of cancer. This method allows the surgeon to remove the cancer while saving a majority of surrounding healthy skin.

Electron Beam Radiation: Electron beam radiation uses a beam of electrons that only penetrate the first major layers skin. Radiation is used on larger tumors or tumors located on areas of the skin that may be hard to reach or treat with surgery. In some cases, radiation is used as a main treatment option instead of surgery. Radiation therapy is highly beneficial for patients who are ineligible for surgery due to poor general health.

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About Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery

In 2002 renowned board certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. Snehal Amin and leading board certified dermatologist Dr. Noah Gratch, teamed up to found Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (MDCS) (Formerly - Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery), which has since become among the best known and most respected practices for both medical and cosmetic skin care in the country. Located in Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Manhattan, NY, the practice offers patients the most advanced skin treatments, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment available.

The two have assembled a blue-chip staff of dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians who provide New York City and Long Island patients with expert care for all skin issues. This ranges from skillfully treating skin cancer with the technically sophisticated Mohs surgery to creating and executing customized skin rejuvenation programs.

The practice brings together a roster of top-rated physicians and surgeons from the most prestigious medical institutions in the country.

In addition to amassing a loyal clientele, MDCS’s physicians are frequently sought out by the media for their expertise on skin issues and treatment. Physician’s at the practice have also published numerous scientific papers of their latest discoveries and advancements. 

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In 2002 renowned board certified dermatologic surgeon Dr. Snehal Amin and leading board certified dermatologist Dr. Noah Gratch, teamed up to found Medical Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery (MDCS) (Formerly - Manhattan Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery), which has since become among the best known and most respected practices for both medical and cosmetic skin care in the country. Located in Hampton Bays, Commack, Smithtown, Plainview and Manhattan, NY, the practice offers patients the most advanced skin treatments, utilizing the latest, state-of-the-art equipment available.

The two have assembled a blue-chip staff of dermatologists, plastic surgeons and estheticians who provide New York City and Long Island patients with expert care for all skin issues. This ranges from skillfully treating skin cancer with the technically sophisticated Mohs surgery to creating and executing customized skin rejuvenation programs.

The practice brings together a roster of top-rated physicians and surgeons from the most prestigious medical institutions in the country.

In addition to amassing a loyal clientele, MDCS’s physicians are frequently sought out by the media for their expertise on skin issues and treatment. Physician’s at the practice have also published numerous scientific papers of their latest discoveries and advancements. 


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    "I've only been coming here for a month, but I love how contemporary the offices are--the electronic check-in and co-pay pre-payment system is awesome."

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    "Dr. Amin is a superb dermatologist at a superb practice. He once got me in on very short notice for a complicated procedure, and I left feeling like he really cared."

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    "I have been to see most of the doctors here, and I really like this group! They are knowledgeable and truly care about my issues."

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    "This is a welcome change with today's healthcare environment in which Physicians have to see more patients and spend less time with their patients."

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    "I have a lot of moles, and have seen a lot of dermatologists. Dr. Gratch stands out as being very thorough, pleasant, and efficient. Office staff is also cool. "

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  • Vitals

    "Dr. Amin did a great job reassuring me and made me feel very comfortable. He is very knowledgeable, skilled, and patient. He spent a lot of time with me."

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    "Anticipate patient's needs. I am surprised that there are such few great doctors like Dr. Gratch out there. I recommend Dr. Gratch for anyone with a skin issue."

    S.P.
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    "I really enjoyed my time with Dr. Engelman. She is bright, kind, and capable. She knew my diagnosis right away, but didn't rush me out of her office."

    Verified Patient
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    "Dr. Schadlow is bright, caring, efficient and knowledgeable. She's got great bedside manner and helped clear up my concerns. Her staff was excellent too."

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  • RateMDs

    "He and his associates are top notch; young, knowledgeable and caring. They respond clearly to all questions and do not rush the visit. Great all around service."

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    "He is also the best cosmetic surgeon I have had for repairing the skin cancer sites...He said his work is "guaranteed for life."...he saved my face if not my life."

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  • Yelp

    "I have been treated by most of the doctors for my most basic skin care needs to the more elective procedures. I am confident that I am receiving the very best skin care"

    Olivia C.
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    "I've been a patient of both Dr. Schadlow for a few several dermatological procedures, and then Dr. Amin for mohs surgery. I found them both extremely professional."

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    "I've been to quite a few specialists and Dr. Gratch REALLY knows what he's talking about. Moreover, the office itself is a model of efficiency."

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    "The service was quick and effective. I already booked an appointment for my husband and will make sure to share with all my friends."

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    "I love this place. I have acne problem skin and Tamila Deveny has been helping me with my treatment. I have seen a lot of progress in my skin thanks to her."

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    "Dr. Amin was efficient, explained what he was doing and why, and gave me clear instructions on how to care for my skin over the long term to prevent breakouts."

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    "I also really like this office, the staff are really nice and professional, I did not have to wait long, and their prices are comparable to others in the city."

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    "The doctors assistant was very friendly as well. Dr. Schadlow was great! Very knowledgeable and caring. Overall, great experience. I was in and out in about 25 minutes."

    Kalina N.

 


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