Skin cancer is currently the most common form of cancer in the U.S., affecting more than one million Americans each year. Advances in plastic surgery have made it possible for surgeons to remove a cancerous skin lesion, while also maintaining the integrity of your skin. If you are struggling with skin cancer, you can turn to board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Mark E. Krugman.
Who Can Benefit From Skin Lesion Removal?
- If you have melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, irregular moles or other types of skin cancer, you may benefit from skin lesion removal.
- The outcome of skin lesion removal will greatly depend on the type and severity of the cancerous lesions, as well as the overall health of the patient.
- The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for skin lesion removal is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Krugman.
- As a general guideline, the best candidates for skin lesion removal will possess good overall physical and psychological health, as well as realistic expectations for the outcome of their surgery.
Skin Lesion Removal In Orange County: What to Expect
- Intravenous sedation, or a local or general anesthesia may be used at Dr. Krugman's discretion prior to your procedure.
- For smaller skin lesions, a basic excision will be used to remove the skin lesion. An incision will be made around the lesion to remove the affected skin area. The wound will be sutured with small stitches for minimal scarring.
- For larger excisions, a skin graft of healthy tissue harvested from another part of your body may be required to close the wound after surgery.
- Larger forms of skin cancer may benefit from Mohs surgery. During this procedure, the cancerous lesion is removed layer by layer beneath the skin, until only healthy tissue is visible. Reconstructive surgery may be needed to minimize scarring.
What Happens After Skin Lesion Removal?
- Immediately following surgery, most patients will experience some soreness, redness, bruising and swelling in the treatment area.
- Most patients are able to resume work or school within a couple of days of surgery. Strenuous activity and sun exposure may be restricted for several weeks.
- Recovery times will vary depending on the extent of your procedure. Incision lines may take several months to fade and flatten. Additional revisionary surgery may be required to improve healing.
- It is possible for skin cancer to return following surgery. The best way to prevent recurrence is to protect your skin from prolonged sun exposure. Those at a high risk for skin cancer should visit a doctor for annual check-ups.
Alternatives to Skin Lesion Removal
- It is important to understand that there are alternative treatments to traditional excision and Mohs surgery. Dr. Krugman will help you determine which treatment method is right for you.
- Less invasive alternatives to skin lesion removal may include prescription topical creams, chemotherapy creams or injections, or photodynamic therapy.
- Surgical procedures to freeze and kill the abnormal tissue (cryosurgery) or burn and scrape the cancerous lesion (curettage and desiccation) may also be used to remove skin lesions.
Schedule Your Consultation
Dr. Mark E. Krugman is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving the Tustin/Santa Ana area and Orange County. If you are interested in setting up a consultation for skin lesion removal with Dr. Krugman, please call our office at 714-972-1811.