Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Early intervention and treatment are crucial to treating skin cancer and preventing its return. If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, our team can provide the care and attention you need to resolve your problem and help you restore your skin to baseline.
Dr. Lynn Klein is a board-certified dermatologist who is experienced in treating all types of skin cancer. She prioritizes patient education and makes sure to inform every man and woman faced with skin cancer about their options for treatment, as well as steps they can take toward preventing future problems with skin cancer.
For more information or to learn whether skin cancer surgery could be right for you, please contact us online or call 610-668-2570 to schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologists.
How Skin Cancer Surgery Works
Skin cancer surgery is a highly individualized procedure. If you notice an unusual mole, growth or spot, the skin cells will be biopsied and sent to a lab for examination. Once a skin cancer diagnosis has been confirmed, a treatment strategy will be chosen that is specific to your needs and the type of cancer.
What to Expect from Skin Cancer Surgery
The most common treatment for skin cancer is Mohs surgery, a procedure that gradually removes layers of cancerous cells from the affected area until no more cancer is detected. Before Mohs surgery, a local anesthetic will be applied to the area. Your surgeon will then use a scalpel to remove a thin layer of cancerous tissue. Next, a lab analysis will determine whether the cancer extends to deeper layers.
Once the lab results are determined, your surgeon will continue cutting into the tissue, examining each removed layer to determine the amount of cancer present. The process is continued until no more cancer is detected in or around the remaining tissue. The entire procedure can be relatively quick or it can take several hours, depending on the amount of cancer present.
Recovering from Skin Cancer Surgery
Depending on the size of the wound resulting from your skin cancer removal, your surgeon may either stitch the area or leave the wound open. In some cases, your surgeon may close the wound using a skin flap, which means a segment of skin will be grafted on from another part of your body, such as the thighs or stomach.
Our dermatologists will instruct you on the best wound care, including offering laser scar revision and other resurfacing treatments if you’re concerned you might look like Frankenstein after you’re fully healed (but trust us, you won’t).
Typical Skin Cancer Surgery Results
Your results from skin cancer removal will vary depending on the size and location of the treated area, as well as how your body responds to the surgery. Mohs surgery has a very high success rate for removing all cancer and preserving the greatest amount of healthy tissue.* Your dermatologist will give you a more detailed idea of what to expect once your needs have been evaluated and the best treatment option has been determined.
Possible Skin Cancer Surgery Side Effects
As with any surgery, there is some risk of infection or excessive bleeding with skin cancer surgery. There is also a risk of recurrence of the cancer. Your dermatologist will work closely with an oncologist and other specialists as needed to minimize these side effects as much as possible.
Learn More about Skin Cancer Surgery
If you’d like to learn more about skin cancer surgery and see whether this treatment can help you meet your needs, please contact Aesthetic Dermatology online or call 610-668-2570 to schedule a consultation with our board-certified dermatologists at our Bala Cynwyd practice.
*This information is for education only, and is not meant as a guarantee of results. Your results may vary.