Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Nevada
Understanding Skin Cancer
Skin Cancer is common. In fact, it may surprise you to learn just how common. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Skin Cancer is the most common cancer in the United States. Current estimates are that, “one in five Americans will develop skin cancer in their lifetime and nearly 9,500 people in the U.S. are diagnosed with skin cancer every day”. Although Skin Cancer is common, that does not mean it shouldn’t be taken seriously. Nearly 10,000 people die every year from melanoma. The sooner you seek treatment, the better your chances of survival.
Skin Cancer: Definition and Types
Skin Cancer is an abnormal growth of skin cells. There are multiple causes behind skin cell mutation, including exposure to sunlight (ultraviolet/UV radiation). Secondary causes include exposure to toxic substances and having a compromised immune system. Skin Cancer can affect people of all skin tones, from light to dark.
Symptoms of the three most common Skin Cancers appear as follows:
▪ Basal Cell Carcinoma: Pearly or waxy bump on the skin (usually in areas that are exposed to the sun, such as the face or neck). This type of skin cancer may also appear as a flat scar-like lesion; the spot can be brown or flesh-colored.
▪ Squamous Cell Carcinoma: Appears as a firm, red nodule or a flat lesion with a scaly or crusted surface. This type of skin cancer usually appears on sun-exposed areas of skin; however, individuals with darker complexions may develop this type of skin cancer in non-sun-exposed regions.
▪ Melanoma: Appears as a large brown spot with darker speckles; a mole that bleeds or changes size/color/texture; a small lesion with irregular borders and unnatural discoloration; a dark lesion on mucous membranes or the palms, fingertips, soles, or toes. This skin cancer can appear anywhere on the body, including skin that is not exposed to the sun.
Skin Cancer: Treatment
There are many different methods for treating Skin Cancer, from surgery and freezing to radiation therapy, chemotherapy, and more. Many patients and physicians prefer treatment from a Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon experienced in Skin Cancer Reconstruction. Dr. Brandon Reynolds and Dr. Marvin Spann are highly skilled surgeons who have built a reputation for their quality of care as well as the standard of excellence that is the cornerstone of their practices. This standard is marked by the number of doctors who refer their patients to them for surgery. You are in excellent hands!
Plastic surgeons not only treat skin cancer but also provide cosmetic care and expertise that general surgeons and dermatologists typically are not trained to provide. So, what exactly is the difference?
The following are a few things to know about Skin Cancer treatment by a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon:
▪ Surgery is oftentimes required to fully and effectively remove cancerous skin growths. While almost every surgery leaves some scarring, Board Certified Plastic Surgeons are able to reduce the need for secondary surgeries by excising nearly exact margins which limits re-excisions and by closing the wounds with techniques that hide the scars in natural creases and shadows of the body, resulting in minimal scarring.
▪ A Board Certified Plastic Surgeon is trained to perform your surgery in a way that preserves your appearance as well as the health of your skin.
Skin Cancer: Surgery
We receive many questions regarding the steps and process of Skin Cancer Surgery. For simplification, the procedure can be broken down into four phases: sedation, excision, reconstruction, and bandaging.
- The procedure can be performed in the office using local anesthesia or under general anesthesia in the hospital.
- Brandon Reynolds or Dr. Marvin Spann will surgically remove the Skin Cancer; this is called an “excision”. Some of the healthy skin tissue around the Skin Cancer will also be removed in order to establish clear margins. In the event that the borders of the Skin Cancer are not clearly defined, your surgeon may need to have the excised tissue tested during the operation to see if further removal is necessary.
- Once the cancerous skin cells have been removed, the surgical site will be reconstructed. This may be done by simply suturing the wound closed, by creating a local flap of tissue near the wound site or by using skin grafted from another part of the body. Once the reconstruction phase is complete, the surgery is over, and the incision site is bandaged.
- While the actual wound may heal in a few weeks or months, the incisions may require a year or more to refine and fade. In some cases, Dr. Brandon Reynolds or Dr. Marvin Spann may perform a follow-up procedure to manage the scarring.
Skin Cancer: Final Thoughts
No treatment can guarantee full remission of any kind of Skin Cancer. However, when detected early on, the surgical treatment of localized Skin Cancer can have a positive outcome for many patients.
Skin Cancer is common, you aren’t! We look forward to assisting you to restore the skin you’re in so you can go back to being uniquely you! Contact us today to schedule your appointment.