The scalp can develop benign skin abnormalities (cysts, prominent nevi, hematomas, etc.) or malignant ones (basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, etc.). In most cases, a surgical treatment is performed, which consists in removing the entire lesion. Systematic histological analysis confirms the absence of residual tumor cells under the microscope.
What is a scalp resection?
A scalp resection is the removal of a dermatological lesion located on the scalp. The surgeon removes part of the capillary dermis. The objective is to remove the tumor as a whole. The scalp is a particularly vascularized area, so a specialized surgeon is recommended.
For which patients?
Scalp resection is recommended for patients who have:
- a benign lesion of the scalp (cyst, nevus,…), which is functionally or aesthetically disturbing.
- a malignant tumor that needs to be surgically removed.
What are the results?
The surgical removal of a benign or malignant lesion is done with a histological control to know if the lesion has been removed completely.