Every day, 9,500 people in the United States are diagnosed with skin cancer, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
As the most common type of cancer in the U.S., skin cancer requires quick and effective treatment, often involving surgical intervention, depending on the type, size, and location of the tumor.
At Elite Plastic Surgery, our experienced cosmetic surgeons can help skin cancer patients bounce back with quality treatment that ensures an aesthetically pleasing outcome.
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin cancer surgery can be complicated or relatively straightforward, depending on a variety of factors. However, the process usually involves the following:
- Anesthesia: To ensure patient comfort during the procedure, the process begins with administering anesthesia. Choosing between local or general anesthesia often depends on individual circumstances and will be determined during a consultation with a specialist.
- Removal: For small or contained cases, Elite Plastic Surgery uses a surgical technique called excision. This involves removing a cancerous lesion that has been identified as a concern. In many cases, closure is performed at the same time as the excision.
- Complex Cases: However, when the visible lesion is only a portion of the growth, it’s possible that patients will need Mohs surgery or frozen section closure. Mohs surgery is a more complicated operation that removes the cancerous lesion bit by bit. Frozen section closure involves removing the lesion and microscopically examining it to ensure complete removal of cancerous cells.
Skin Cancer Reconstruction
After successfully removing the cancerous region, the focus of Elite Plastic Surgery shifts to the second phase: reconstruction.
After using healthy adjacent tissue to cover the wound, we strategically place sutures that align with the natural curves and features of your face to minimize visible scarring. In some cases, a skin graft may be necessary, where a thin layer of skin is taken from another area of the body and transplanted to the wound.
Our specialists will determine the best reconstruction option for your specific circumstances during a consultation.
Recovery After Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
Following treatment, it’s vital to meticulously care for the wound. It may be sore, red, and produce small amounts of fluid. Cleaning it regularly while applying topical medications will allow for optimal healing.
It’s also important to limit your movements and avoid both stressful activities and too much time in the sun.
Regardless, the healing process may take several months, and incision lines will fade over time. Consistent follow-up visits allow our surgeons to monitor your progress and address any concerns.
Schedule a Consultation With Elite Plastic Surgery
Our highly experienced team serves the community of Grand Rapids, MI, as well as surrounding areas. We guarantee exceptional care and comprehensive solutions for skin cancer treatment and reconstruction.