About Surgical Excision
Among the most standard skin cancer treatments is surgical excision. By using this careful technique, Dr. Roberto Garcia will cut away the melanoma or malignant lesion together with the surrounding tissue, which might seem to be healthy. The excised (or taken) skin sample is then given to a pathologist for additional testing to find out whether the remaining area is cancer-free. In the event the tissue turns out to be cancerous, then another treatment would be necessary to eliminate all cancer. Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery and Dr. Garcia consult with our Ponte Vedra Beach, FL individuals on a normal basis to ascertain whether surgical excision is the ideal treatment alternative for their condition. As skin cancer excision is a meticulous procedure, patients can feel safe in the hands of Dr. Garcia, who is a double board-certified plastic surgeon.
There are times when the removal of a cancerous lesion is the first and only priority. If you previously underwent surgery to remove skin cancer and have been left with an unsightly scar, Dr. Garcia is skilled to perform plastic surgery to treat the scar. Schedule a consultation to discuss your options for treatment that may include a skin graft, as well as nonsurgical procedures to help reduce and improve the appearance of the scar.
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Skin Cancer Excision Ideal Candidates
You may be an ideal candidate for surgical excision if you have a cancerous lesion on or around your face. This process is generally easier and quicker than some of the other surgical removal methods but can leave an unsightly scar if not performed by a skilled plastic surgeon. This method is occasionally used to allow for extensive observation of skin cancer lesion so individuals in need of additional diagnostic testing will also be ideal candidates for surgical excision.
Skin Cancer Excision Surgical Technique
As this technique is considered an invasive process, anesthesia will be supplied. Before the surgery, Dr. Garcia will thoroughly disinfect the area to be treated and administer the predetermined anesthesia. The cancer is then excised with a scalpel through horizontal incisions made throughout the lesion and surrounding tissue. An electrode may be employed to carry out a feathering process, which can smooth the borders circling the wound. This will help to eliminate additional cells from the lesion and reduces the probability of scarring.
Minor excisions will be sewn closed while larger excisions may necessitate a skin graft to close the wound. Topical medication may be applied to the treated area to prevent any bleeding and an antibiotic will prescribed to expedite your recovery. Lastly, a sterile badge is placed over the wound to shield it and prevent it from becoming infected.
What to Expect with Skin Cancer Excision
The duration of your downtime and recovery is contingent upon the location and severity of the specific excision in addition to whether skin grafts were needed to finish your procedure. Following your procedure, you could experience a burning feeling or general irritation in the region where the melanoma was excised. For your first couple of days after the procedure, you're advised to use an over-the-counter medicine, like acetaminophen, to relieve pain. Dr. Garcia will perform a careful removal that will allow for only limited scarring. However, you should anticipate the possibility of a scar that may be red in color initially and lightens over time. Numerous ointments or gels may be used to help limit scarring. In order to protect the healing wound, a sterile dressing should be applied to the treatment area while you are exposed to the sun.
Skin Cancer Excision Frequently Asked Questions
How will I know if I have skin cancer?
If you have a mole or skin lesion that seems to grow irregularly, be asymmetrical in shape, or bleed and flake, you should have it checked by a medical professional. In some cases, surgical excision is recommended as a precaution, whether or not cancer is suspected. Once removed, the lesion will be tested to determine if it is cancerous.
Can skin cancer be prevented?
It has been determined that in many cases, skin cancer can be prevented. The best way to protect yourself from skin cancer is to avoid sun exposure and sunburns. Health care providers believe that UV rays from the sun can damage the skin over time, leading to skin cancer.
How is skin cancer treated?
Skin cancer can be treated in a variety of ways. But in most cases, removal (a procedure called excision) is the first action. The skin cancer is treated by removing the skin lesion and a small portion of the healthy skin surrounding it. This procedure is performed in the comfort of the Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery on-site surgical suite. First, Dr. Garcia will ensure the area is numbed with local anesthesia before carefully excising the area.
What are the signs of skin cancer?
Cancerous lesions often appear as moles, scaly patches, open sores, or raised bumps. These signs can vary, depending on the form of skin cancer present. Different types of skin cancer share some of the same symptoms so it's important to get any moles or bumps checked out by a professional.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1-2 weeks
- Average Procedure Time
Skilled Melanoma Treatment
Anytime you discover a skin lesion that looks strange, you should seek medical care as quickly as possible. The lesion can be cancerous and the earlier it's found, the greater your odds of successful treatment. An excision might be necessary and will rid the area of all cancer before it begins to spread to nearby body parts and skin. The excision technique also allows cells to receive additional testing, which may confirm whether or not all of the cancer was eliminated. Schedule a consultation at Contoura Facial Plastic Surgery as soon as possible to see Dr. Garcia, who will inspect the lesion, talk about family and medical history, and explore all of the options, including whether surgical excision is ideal.