Skin Cancer Excision And Reconstruction
Skin cancer removal and reconstruction is a large part of my practice. While I do not manage dermatology disorders like rashes, skin irritation, and hair loss, if you have skin disorders requiring surgery, we can help you minimize the deformity that sometimes occurs following removal, or even improve your cosmetic appearance.
Dermatologic surgeons frequently send their patients to me for reconstruction after the Mohs procedure. The repairs are often done under local anesthesia in the office. Examples of reconstruction can be seen in our gallery.
Types of skin cancer:
AK's typically occur on body parts that are most often exposed to the sun. They usually appear as small crusty, scaly, or crumbly bumps or horns. Early on, they may come and go. Sometimes they are more easily detected by feel than by sight.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
One of the most common skin cancers, caused by long-term sun exposure. Frequently, two or more features are present in one tumor. In addition, basal cell carcinoma sometimes resembles non-cancerous skin conditions such as psoriasis or eczema.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common skin cancer after basal cell carcinoma. They usually appear as thick, rough, scaly patches that may bleed easily. They often look like warts and sometimes appear as open sores. The skin around the site may exhibit signs of wrinkling, pigment changes, and loss of elasticity.
Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Even so, if diagnosed and removed while it is still thin and limited to the outermost skin layer, it is almost 100% curable. Once the cancer advances and spreads to other parts of the body, it is hard to treat and can be deadly.