Dr. Fitch has 30 years of experience diagnosing and removing skin
cancers. The usual ones (and NOT alarming) are basal cell carcinoma and squamous
cell carcinomas. These are quite common and not life threatening. She has two
operating rooms in her clinic and these surgeries are performed on site. For cancers of
the head and neck, she utilizes the services of a pathologist so the "margins" are known
to be clear before the patient leaves the Clinic.
There are certain circumstances wherein Dr. Fitch will refer the patient to a Moh's
micro-graphic surgeon. This is dependent on the tumor type (aggressive) and the
location of the lesion(s). She will provide you with all pertinent information.
There is an alarming rise in malignant melanoma in this area and in the country. The
vast majority are very easily treated with no long term consequences if the lesion is
found early before there is a significant invasion of the lesion into the deeper dermis
of the skin. Dr. Fitch has much available literature relative to the changes in moles to
For some reason, there is a significant amount of CTCL (Cutaneous T Cell
Lymphoma) in the Aiken area. These usually present as red scaly patches, usually
around the hips. This can be diagnosed by a biopsy. It is not an alarming cancer.
OTHER SURGICAL PROCEDURES:
Dr. Fitch routinely removes moles, skin tags,
cherry moles, dermatofibromas and other benign lesions of the skin.
Dr. Fitch has great expertise and experience in many cosmetic procedures, and has successfully performed them in hundreds of patients.
Sclerotherapy: this is the treatment of superficial unsightly leg veins in the legs.
Dr. Fitch uses a very strong salt solution to obliterate these. She does not treat
large "ropey" varicose veins...this is best handled by a vascular surgeon.
Botox injections: this is a great rejuvenator of the upper half of the face. The creases
between the eyes, the horizontal forehead lines and the crows feet on the sides
of the eyes. In addition, she is a proponent of PREVENTION...particularly the
lines above the lip.
Fillers: There are many many fillers now on the market...hard to keep up with
all the new ones! Fillers are used for volume replacement that occurs with
aging. The most important places to revolumize are the upper and mid cheek.
This gives back the youthful "apple of the cheek" that is lost through the aging
process. In addition, the lines that radiate from the corner of the mouth down
towards the chin can be remediated. The dark line (trough) that goes from the
corner of the eye down toward the cheek is called the tear trough and easily
remedied with a filler.
Topical treatments: Dr. Fitch often recommends a topical retinoid treatment to improve the skin
texture and to ameliorate the fine lines and this will be discussed with you.