We are board certified in facial plastic surgery and offer cosmetic solutions to skin cancer such as basal cell cancer, squamous cell cancer and melanoma. We use the latest techniques in skin cancer removal for an aesthetic looking result.
Direct Skin Cancer Excision
In-Office procedure involves gently numbing the area with injection then removing the skin cancer. The skin is brought together in a plastic repair fashion using sutures. The area removed is sent to the pathologist. The sutures are then generally removed in 5-10 days in the office along with a discussion of your results.
If the area removed is too big to be directly closed or if brought together would look distorted (such as the nose) a piece of tissue next to the excised area will be brought over to aesthetically cover the wound. Sutures are used and again removed in 5-10 days with a discussion of your pathology results.
Like skin flaps, if an area is too big or distortion is an issue we will use skin from another area such as behind the ear to cover the excised site. A bolster dressing is left in place for about 1 week.
Certain skin cancer precursors respond very well to topical creams. If amenable to this treatment a prescription will be written with detailed instructions and monitoring of your results.