Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. In order to preserve health, surgical removal of skin cancers – which commonly develop on the head and face – is critical. Patients can trust the Board Certified, fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Elevare MD to expertly remove cancers of the skin, while utilizing techniques to preserve appearance.
There are three types of skin cancer:
Melanoma is most commonly seen in the head or neck and can develop in a mole or mark that is already present or as a new mole-like spot on the skin. While surgical removal is required for all melanomas, it is important to have the appropriate diagnosis techniques, excision techniques and a multi-disciplinary approach for treatment.
Basal Cell and Squamous Cell cancer treatment are primarily localized skin cancers that form slowly over time largely as a result of sun damage. They can grow to large sizes and appear as a wound, lump of tissue or waxy spot that can bleed. This type of skin cancer requires an appropriate margin with removal.
Having a highly trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon perform skin cancer removal can help limit the appearance of scars, while removing all cancerous tissue. This is done by using adjacent tissue for reconstruction and hidden scars to maintain normal contours.
Signs of Skin Cancer
- New, irregularly shaped mole in terms of size, border and color
- Existing mole that changes color, shape or size
- Spot on the skin that crusts and bleeds easily
- Lump of tissue or unexplained wound that doesn’t seem to heal
The Elevare MD Experience
Dr. Michael DeWolfe is Elevare MD’s Board Certified, fellowship-trained plastic and reconstructive surgeon. He treats patients with known or suspected cancers of the skin to remove all cancerous tissue, while minimizing scarring and performing reconstruction as necessary. Dr. DeWolfe can work closely with cancer specialists to make sure the cancer hasn’t spread, and to provide follow-up care.
Recovery time varies based on type of procedure, but the Elevare MD team will make sure you have all the recovery resources you need, along with any prescriptions for managing any discomfort you may experience.
Of course, we will always be here to answer any questions or concerns.
To learn more about skin cancer removal and reconstruction at Elevare MD, contact us.