Recovery: 1 Day
Cost: Covered by Insurance*
What is Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction?
Skin cancer removal refers to the removal of cancerous tissue and sometimes surrounding tissue to treat and stop the growth and possible spread of cancer. Removing cancerous tissue is important for your health and wellness, but it can leave unsightly scars. This is precisely why you should consider having a plastic surgeon remove your skin cancer. Plastic surgeons are uniquely interested in minimizing your scars and making your result as inconspicuous as possible. Skin cancer and suspicious lesion removal can be accomplished using local anesthesia in the office.
What can skin cancer removal/reconstruction do for me?
- I have a lesion that might be cancerous
- I am bothered by the appearance of a lesion on my face
- I had a lesion removed and now suffer with a facial disfigurement
- How will my skin cancer be removed/reconstructed?
Candidates for a Skin Cancer Removal/Reconstruction
Candidates for skin cancer removal are those who have a mole or lesion that has been suspected or confirmed to be cancerous. Candidates can also have lesions removed that are benign but still bothersome in appearance. Skin cancer removal is often enough to stop and treat the presence of skin cancer when detected early, however, skin cancer that has progressed may require additional treatment. You may require a consultation with a medical oncologist. Those who have or are planning to have skin cancer removal treatment can also consider skin cancer reconstruction to restore their appearance.
Skin Cancer Removal / Reconstruction FAQs
The amount of swelling that you experience will depend on the technique used and the size of the lesion removed. You can expect most of your swelling to occur in the first few days to a week following your procedure with skin cancer removal, however, lingering swelling can still be present after several weeks. If your swelling worsens or becomes severe, make sure you contact your surgeon right away as this could be a sign of a problem.
Skin cancer treatment has the least impact on you the earlier it is performed. Therefor, you should have your skin cancer removed as soon as it is detected. Catching skin cancer in its earliest stage can help ensure a successful removal process with the least invasion. Any moles or lesions that are new, have changed over time, are irregular in shape, or larger than the size of a pencil eraser should be examined by a professional.
After skin cancer removal, your surgeon might prescribe you with a prescription pain medication to help with discomfort. You might also take an over-the-counter pain medication like Tylenol or Advil. You can also help ensure your comfort by getting plenty of rest and being careful not to strain your incision sites.
After skin cancer removal, you can expect several weeks of healing. A follow up appointment will be necessary to check the progress of your healing, remove any sutures, and review your pathology report.