About Our Expert Mohs Surgeon
Dr. Frank Don

We are a dermatology and research clinic based in Coral Gables, FL dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of skin diseases. Our team of top dermatologists has many years of experience in treating the most difficult, complex and chronic skin conditions. We offer world-class, cutting-edge treatments and are committed to providing state-of-the-art and compassionate medical care.

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Frank Don, DO


Dr. Frank A. Don is a board-certified dermatologist works at Florida Academic Dermatology Center. He earned his medical degree from Nova Southeastern University. Currently serving the community of Coral Gables, FL, Dr. Don is residency trained in dermatology at Wellington Regional Medical Center.

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Melanoma Treatment

The first step in treatment is removing the melanoma by surgical excision. Surgical excision is also called resection, and the borders of the entire area excised are known as the margins. In most cases, the surgery for thin melanomas can be performed in our office. Sutures remain in place for one to two weeks, and most patients are advised to avoid heavy exercise during this time. When caught early, scars are usually small and improve over time.

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Types of Melanomas

Type of Melanoma
  • Superficial spreading melanoma
  • Lentigo maligna
  • Acral lentiginous melanoma
  • Nodular melanoma
Demographic Affected
  • Most often seen in young people
  • Most often in the elderly
  • Most comon melanoma in African-Americans and Asians, and the least common among Caucasians
  • Most common in men
  • The color varies. A patient may see areas of tan, brown, black, red, blue or white
  • Flat or mildly elevated mottled tan, brown or dark brown discoloration
  • Usually appears as a black or brown discoloration
  • The malignancy is recognized when it becomes a bump. It is usually black, but occasionally is blue, gray, white, brown, tan, red, or skin tone
Common Location
  • Most likely to occur on the trunk in men, the legs in women, and the upper back in both
  • Chronically sun-exposed, damaged skin on the face, ears, arms and upper trunk
  • Typically under or around the nails or on the soles of the feet or the palms of the hands
  • Trunk, legs, and arms, mainly of elderly people, as well as the scalp in men

Guide to Staging Melanoma

By means of an unprecedented cooperative effort among cancer centers around the world, the American Joint Commission on Cancer updated the classification system. New findings about melanoma are incorporated to provide the most accurate diagnosis and prognosis.

  • In situ melanoma remains confiend to the epidermis
  • Thin tumors are less than 1.0 millimeter (mm) in Brewsolw's depth.
  • Intermediate tumors are 1.0-4.0 mm.
  • Thick melanomas are greater than 4.0 mm

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