The purpose of surgical dermatology is to repair and/or improve the function of skin tissue. This includes focusing on the management of the skin, hair, nails and veins. Each procedure is individualized depending on the body location, patient’s age and any previous treatments to the area. Because of clinical advances and new technology, the majority of dermatologic surgeries are now minimally invasive and require only local or regional anesthesia. These advances provide patients with improved patient safety while reducing "downtime" recovery.