Like most health-conscious people, you probably use sunblock and get regular skin checks from a dermatologist. So what happens when the dermatologist says “I don’t like how that looks. Let’s take a biopsy”? Most likely, nothing. It’s often a regular mole or a pre-cancerous mole that can be easily removed. However, if you are the 1 in 5 Americans who develop skin cancer by the age of 70, this may be alarming news.
The good news is that skin cancer is almost always cured by removing the cancer. In fact, even the scariest skin cancer, melanoma, has a 5-year survival of 99% when detected early. So, that’s the good news. What’s the bad news? Depending on where the cancer is found, removing it can result in noticeable scarring and deformity. This is especially true for skin cancers of the face.
What you might not know is that you have a choice when it comes to reconstruction. Plastic surgeons work closely with dermatologists and Mohs surgeons to ensure you have access to the best reconstruction. Even small cancers on areas like the cheeks, lips, eyelids, or nose benefit from the expertise of a plastic surgeon. This may mean the difference between a noticeable scar and one that is almost invisible.
As a board-certified and fellowship-trained plastic surgeon, Dr. Fisher performs skin cancer
reconstruction in the comfort of his office under local anesthesia. Rarely, extensive reconstruction may require a trip to the operating room.
Trust your face to an expert. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, call or email to schedule a consultation with Dr. Fisher to discuss your immediate reconstruction.