Understanding skin cancer resection

dermatologist examines the moles or acne of the patient with a dermatoscope Skin cancer resection is the surgical removal of skin cancer. The goal of surgery is to remove all of the cancer while preserving as much healthy tissue as possible. At Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, we offer skin cancer removal based on the type of cancer present and the location at which it has developed. We provide patients with solutions for their unique needs and have a strong desire to help patients restore their health after a skin cancer diagnosis.

What type of removal is needed for skin cancer?

There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinomas are the most common type of skin cancer and can be treated with simple surgery. Squamous cell carcinomas are more aggressive than basal cell carcinomas and may require more extensive surgery. Melanomas are the most dangerous type of skin cancer and can spread to other parts of the body. Melanoma resection may require more extensive surgery and may be performed in a hospital setting.

What are the risks of skin cancer resection?

The risks of skin cancer resection vary depending on the size, location, and type of tumor. Some potential risks include:

  • Bleeding
  • Infection
  • Scarring
  • Nerve damage
  • Skin discoloration
  • Disability or death (rare)

It is important to discuss the risks and benefits of skin cancer resection with your doctor before deciding if surgery is right for you.

How do I prepare for skin cancer resection?

  • Stop taking blood thinners, including aspirin and warfarin
  • Stop taking certain supplements and vitamins
  • Have a physical examination and necessary tests to ensure health prior to surgery
  • Avoid eating or drinking several hours before surgery due to sedation

How do I learn more about skin cancer resection?

Connect with the team at Olack Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Show Low, AZ to request an appointment at the office. Call (928) 537-6767 today!

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