Skin cancer treatment can result in unappealing scars and possibly facial disfigurement. This is can be traumatizing for our patients.
To solve this issue, our surgeons will guide you through treatment options and explain the resulting effects of skin cancer on your appearance. For the removal of a cancerous growth, we remove the cancerous tissue or skin lesion using advanced surgical techniques and preserve both your health and appearance. For reconstructive cancer surgery, we use one of several state-of-the-art techniques, depending on the degree of correction and invasiveness needed.
Our elite surgeons have vast experience with facial reconstruction due to cancer. Our focus is reconstructing a cosmetically appealing facial deformity while maintaining facial function. During your consultation, our team will evaluate your case, answer any questions you may have and discuss the best course of action with you.
Those patients considering skin cancer resection or reconstruction should carefully evaluate their surgeon’s credentials and training. We are one of the few Californian educational institutions with fellowship-trained facial plastic and reconstructive skin cancer reconstruction specialists. Our surgeons have extensive knowledge on how to deliver the best cosmetic results while safeguarding proper facial function.
What is skin cancer?
Skin cancer is a type of cancer primarily caused by ultraviolet radiation exposure from the sun. It primarily appears on the face, head and neck. As the most common form of cancer in the United States, skin cancer has become an alarming epidemic in recent years. The three most common types of skin cancer include melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma.
What is melanoma?
Melanoma is the third most common type of skin cancer. It most often occurs on the face, lips and ears, though it can spread to other sites, including the lymph nodes and internal organs. Melanoma can prove life-threatening if left untreated. Moles that change in size, color or shape, as well as new skin growths, may be a sign of melanoma.
What is basal cell carcinoma?
The most common form of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma, can appear in many forms. It is the least dangerous type of skin cancer, as it is slow growing and rarely spreads.
What is squamous cell carcinoma?
The second most common form of skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma commonly occurs on the face, ears and lips. It can sometimes spread to other sites, such as the lymph nodes and internal organs. Left untreated, this type of cancer can prove life-threatening. As with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma can appear in many forms.
How can skin cancer be treated with plastic surgery?
Through plastic surgery, cancerous skin growths can be surgically removed. Furthermore, plastic surgeons can do this in a way that maintains function and provides the most pleasing appearance possible. In treating skin cancer, a Mohs surgeon performs the excision while another surgeon performs the reconstruction. These two tasks can be completed on the same day. Our surgeons use only the latest state-of-the-art techniques to restore soft tissue defects to an appearance and function that is as close as possible to pre-injury state.
Is anesthesia used for skin cancer treatment?
Some form of anesthesia likely will be used for your skin cancer treatment, though this will depend upon the particular procedure performed. Surgical procedures often are performed with either local anesthesia and sedation or with general anesthesia.