Skin Cancer Removal in Corpus Christi, TX
A skin cancer diagnosis can be difficult to deal with. You may find yourself trying to pinpoint when it could have started and what you could have done better to prevent it from happening. Along with a worrying medical diagnosis, you may be concerned about any scars from the removal process. We here at Corpus Plastic Surgery are here to help you through the entire process, from biopsy to removal to scar revision.
Am I a Candidate for Skin Cancer Removal?
Patients who have been diagnosed with any type of skin cancer are candidates for removal. Your doctor will inform you of your options for removal based on the location and type of cancer.
How Is Skin Cancer Removed?
There are several ways to remove skin cancer, which will depend on the type of cancer present and the size of the growth. If the area to be treated is small, a simple excision can be performed. Your doctor will make a small incision, remove the area of cancer growth, and then close the incision.
Your dermatologist may perform Moh’s surgery to remove the skin cancer. This is a specialized technique, and the amount of skin needing to be removed will depend on the amount of cancerous tissue. Dr. Vijay specializes in closing these defects in the most cosmetically conscious way possible.
We also perform surgery where small pieces of tissue are removed, frozen, and examined by a pathologist while you wait, similar to Mohs surgery. This is performed at a hospital. The results of this examination will help your doctor to identify the borders of the cancer growth to ensure that all cancerous cells have been removed. Tissue will be removed and examined until clear margins are found. When that process is complete, the wound can be reconstructed.
Dr. Bindingnavele specializes in cosmetically conscious reconstruction after skin cancer removal. He does his best to ensure that any scarring is as inconspicuous as possible.
How Long Is My Skin Cancer Removal Recovery?
Recovery from your skin cancer removal will vary depending on the area treated and the extent of your incisions. Dr. Bindingnavele will provide you with postoperative instructions and inform you of what to expect during your recovery. Specific techniques to make sure you have the best results will be explained to you.
When Will I See My Skin Cancer Removal Results?
While Dr. Bindingnavele does his utmost to leave you with cosmetically pleasing results, there may be some scarring. Depending on the type of skin cancer, you may require other treatments such as radiation. Your doctor will inform you of your options.
Why Choose Dr. Vijay
Dr. Vijay is very unique in the sense of his great customer care, service and experience. He approaches each client as an individual and takes the time to thoroughly understand their needs and desired results.
Frequently Asked Questions About Skin Cancer Removal
What does a skin cancer removal treatment involve?
The treatment involves surgically removing cancerous and other skin lesions through the use of various specialized techniques, such as standard excision or Mohs micrographic surgery, and reconstructing your appearance as necessary for better health and aesthetically pleasing results.
How long will the treatment last?
The length of the surgery will depend on the size of the growths and areas to be treated. If the skin cancer has spread to other organs, alternative cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy, may be required.
Will there be significant scarring?
Just like any other surgery that involves incisions, there is a risk of scarring. However, Dr. Vijay will use his extensive plastic surgery knowledge and make every effort to restore your appearance with minimal scarring.
Patients are advised to follow Dr. Vijay’s post-operative instructions to ensure the best possible outcome.
What side effects can I expect from my skin cancer removal treatment?
Depending on the location and extent of the surgery needed to remove the cancer cells, potential risks include bleeding, swelling or bruising, infection, seroma, pain and scarring.
Your care team will be available to help you manage the side effects with various supportive care therapies. To reduce the chances of potential complications, always ensure you work with an experienced plastic surgeon.
How long before I can return to work and normal activity?
Most patients are able to return to work within a couple of days, depending on the extent of skin cancer removal. Patients should avoid strenuous activities and heavy lifting for about 1 to 2 weeks or until their surgeon has given them clearance.
Can skin cancer come back after treatment?
While skin cancer removal treatment aims to eliminate existing cancerous cells, it does not guarantee a cure rate of 100 percent. Some forms of skin cancer are known to recur. Consequently, it is advisable to visit your dermatologist at regularly scheduled intervals and schedule an appointment if you are concerned about any new changes in the skin.