Skin Cancer Reconstruction
I’m having a skin cancer is removed from my face. How can the scar be minimalized?
Years of sun exposure in South Florida is a big risk factor for facial skin cancers. Basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma are listed from most common to most aggressive. I encourage all of my patients to wear facial sun-block and protective clothing, such as a hat with a wide brim, when outside or driving. The damage from the sun is cumulative so starting at a young age is best.
Dermatologists most often diagnose skin cancers, but patient come to us often with new facial skin lesions. Treatment typically involves removing the tumor which results in a hole in the skin. Reconstruction can be complicated but our goal is to repair this hole with minimally noticeable scars.
There are many techniques for skin cancer removal. With any technique, the edges of the tissue are checked to ensure there are no tumor cells left behind. Reconstruction is then performed using the technique most appropriate for the location and size of the hole. As plastic surgeons, the algorithm involves options such as skin flaps or skin grafts. We strive to restore your pre-cancer appearance as best as possible. Simple repairs can be done under local anesthesia, but more complicated cases are best done under general anesthesia.
If you have recently been diagnosed with a facial skin cancer.