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.
Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction FAQs
How painful is skin cancer removal?
A local anesthetic will be applied to the removal site so that you will not feel any pain. However, the procedure may be a little uncomfortable as you will feel pressure from your surgeon working.
Will skin cancer removal leave a scar?
Removal of the cancerous tissue will leave a scar, but reconstruction aims to minimize the appearance of that scar so that it is not as noticeable.
What can I expect after skin cancer removal?
For the first week, you will want to avoid strenuous exercise as the incision site heals. To minimize swelling and bruising, you can apply an ice pack to the area for 20 minutes at a time. Swelling and bruising should reduce within a week or two.
Can I go in the sun after skin cancer removal?
You can still enjoy the sunshine after your skin cancer removal but try to limit your exposure, especially during the peak hours of sun in the early afternoon, and make sure to apply sunscreen with a high SPF.
Is skin cancer removal permanent?
It is possible that your skin cancer can be cured, but it depends on how large the cancerous mass was and how early it was removed. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that your skin cancer will not come back but you can reduce this risk by minimizing sun exposure.