Dr. Frank treats a variety of skin-related concerns for Hobart and Munster-area patients. These include:
- Small growths can become more noticeable over time.
- Scars, burns, and keloids. Often, injuries in youth, such as a dog bite or puncture wound, go without treatment and heal into unattractive blemishes.
- Patients may want to remove tattoos as they age or change their lifestyle.
- Skin cancers or lesions that change over time
Our Hobart and Munster practice uses a variety of techniques to revise and reduce the appearance of these concerns.*
Dr. Frank’s Approach to Lumps and Bumps
Hobart and Munster patients begin with an initial consultation. During this time, they discuss what they want to accomplish. Dr. Frank evaluates the concern, advises on a course of treatment, and offers details about what patients can expect. While some lesions may be covered by insurance, recent changes among many insurers, do not guarantee that a lesion will not be rejected as a “cosmetic” problem. His aim is to provide a transparent and informative experience so patients have confidence in their treatment.
Each case has its own requirements:
Moles. Patients interested in mole removal usually have a surgical excision. Typically, the result is smooth skin with a scar that fades into a faint line.*
Scars and burns. Dr. Frank removes the area of the old injury and recloses the site, leaving a fine linear scar that should fade over time.* Larger burns or scars may require skin grafts or other more involved surgical procedures.
Keloids. These are actually the result of abnormal wound healing. Dr. Frank may combine surgical removal with steroid injections at the site of the keloid. In some cases, radiation therapy may also be recommended. Because we don’t understand why keloids form, they remain a challenge for both patients and their doctors.
Tattoos. Laser treatment may be the popular option for tattoo removal, but it doesn’t always eliminate all traces. Dr. Frank assists patients by excising the area of skin, leaving behind a less noticeable scar.*
Dr. Frank usually performs these procedures for patients under local anesthetic or sedation. General anesthesia may be an option to help patients remain comfortable.
Recovery from Minor surgery
How Munster and Hobart patients heal from their procedure depends the type of lesion, its location, and the removal technique. Most patients are back in work within a day or so.*
Dr. Frank can also plan the procedure to accommodate a patient’s needs, staging separate surgeries to take out different portions of the scar or tattoo. This limits trauma and creates mini-recoveries instead of one lengthy downtime.*
Hobart and Munster-area patients can remove signs of lumps, bumps, and other aesthetic skin concerns. Contact Dr. Robert Frank MD Plastic Surgery at (219) 513-2011.
*Individual results may vary