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Skin Cancer Removal Kansas City

Skin cancer is a very treatable condition, but may leave behind unwanted scars. Affecting more than one million people in the United States every year, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer. When caught early, skin cancer is treatable, but may leave your skin with unwanted scars. Seeking out a skilled cosmetic surgeon can help maintain the integrity of your skin.

Who can benefit from skin cancer removal?

Patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer may be candidates for skin cancer removal. Skin cancer removal may used for:

  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Squamous cell carcinoma
  • Melanoma
  • Irregular moles
  • Questionable skin lesions

Once the skin cancer has been removed, the healed skin should match the area around it and create a natural, smooth appearance. When at all possible, incision lines will be hidden within the natural contours of your body.

For more extensive forms of skin cancer, Mohs surgery may be necessary to remove all traces of cancer. Mohs surgery reconstruction is highly technical and may require more than one procedure to achieve optimal results.

What to expect during your surgery

For basic lesions, surgical removal using a small incision can be performed under a local anesthetic. An incision is made around the lesion and the lesion is removed. The incision is then closed using fine sutures. A surgical dressing will be placed over the treatment area following surgery.

More advanced techniques such as skin or tissue grafts may be needed to reconstruct large wounds. During these procedures, a portion of healthy tissue is removed from a donor site on your body and transplanted to the treatment area. The donor site can be taken from any part of your body. In most cases, it is taken from an area that is usually concealed under clothing. Incisions will be closed with small stitches and surgical dressings will be applied.

After your skin cancer removal surgery

Immediately following treatment, your skin will be swollen, red and likely draining fluid. Surgical drains may be used to collect this excess fluid. You may experience some discomfort for several days in the treatment area. Your surgeon will provide you will pain medication. Bandages are typically removed in a few days, and stitches in one week.

In most cases, you should be able to resume normal activities right away, or within 1- 2 days. More extensive procedures will require some downtime. These details will be discussed during your consultation. It is important to protect the treatment area from direct sun exposure for several months. Incisions will take 12-18 months to fade and flatten.

Understanding the risks of skin cancer removal surgery

All surgical procedures, including skin cancer removal surgery, have risks. Some risks include bruising, pain, changes to sensitivity and asymmetry. All of these risks, along with steps you can take to minimize them, will be discussed in depth during your consultation.

If you’re ready to take the next step

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or have concerns about your skin, contact our Kansas City office for a consultation. During your consultation, we will provide you with information on your procedure and payment options.