Although there are a number of treatment options available, surgery remains the most common for all types of skin cancer. Having a plastic surgeon improve the appearance of the treatment area can greatly improve overall satisfaction with the procedure outcome.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options for reconstruction following skin cancer surgery. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help restore full health to your skin through a wide range of procedures.
Overview of Skin Cancer
As with other types of cancer, skin cancer is the abnormal growth of cells. There are three main types of skin cancer: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma.
- Basal cell carcinoma is usually found on areas of the skin that are often exposed to the sun. The early signs may appear as a flat lesion that looks like a scar, or a waxy bump. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer.
- Squamous cell carcinoma looks like a flat lesion with a crusted surface, or a red nodule that feels firm to the touch.
- Melanoma first appears as a new skin growth or a sudden change in an existing mole, and can occur anywhere on the body, including inside the mouth or under nails. Although melanoma is the rarest form of skin cancer, is is the most dangerous. However, it is often curable if caught in its earliest stages.
There are two approaches to plastic surgery following skin cancer treatment. Our surgeons can work with your skin cancer doctor as part of your care team during the skin cancer removal and treatment process. In addition, our surgeons can improve the appearance of an area previously subjected to skin cancer treatment.
Our doctors are skilled in repairing areas treated using traditional excision methods as well as Mohs surgery revision following a Mohs procedure.
Recovery and Results
The recovery following skin cancer reconstruction varies depending on several factors, including whether the reconstruction is performed at the time of the initial procedure or at a later date, the extent of the skin cancer removal, and the level of correction needed. The appearance of noticeable scarring can be improved using fat transfer or dermal fillers, or resurfacing treatments to restore evenness.