Learning that you have skin cancer can be a frightening experience, but thanks to advances in science and medicine, certain skin cancer treatments can treat cancerous moles successfully, particularly if they are detected early. If you have been diagnosed with or are at risk for developing skin cancer, talk to your dermatologist about your skin cancer treatment options, including surgical skin cancer removal.
- Biopsy: Before your dermatologist removes skin cancer surgically, he or she will perform a biopsy, which can confirm whether or not you have skin cancer and require further treatment. During the procedure, a small section of the skin around the potentially cancerous growth is removed and examined for cancerous cells.
- Removal: If the biopsy reveals that you do, in fact, have skin cancer, your dermatologist will proceed by removing the cancerous skin cells. Having tested only a small part of the cancerous skin or growth, your doctor may not know the true size of the area that has been affected. The amount of skin that is removed is about the size of a quarter or larger, depending on how the skin cancer has spread, and is done using a tool called a curette.
- Reconstruction: If and once the skin cancer has been successfully removed, the next step is the reconstruction of the surgical wound. Depending on how much skin has been removed, a skin graft may be necessary to close the wound. As with many other surgical procedures, patients may be left with a small scar.
For more information about skin cancer surgery and treatment, please contact the dermatologists at Advanced Dermatology & Cosmetic Surgery. As part of the largest dermatology practice in America, our doctors can assist you with all of your cosmetic or clinical skincare needs. Immediate appointments are available at one of our 50+ Florida offices. To locate an office or doctor near you, please visit Advanced Dermatology online or call us today at (866) 400-3376.