Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is a broad term used to define several types of cancer including squamous cell carcinoma and basal cell carcinoma, as well as melanoma. Melanoma the most serious but less common type of skin cancer.

These types of cancer generally start as a precancerous lesion, or changes in the skin that are not cancerous, but could become cancerous over time. When caught early enough, these cancers can be effectively treated. In later stages, malignant melanoma is potentially fatal and treatment is difficult.

Skin cancer can leave a lasting impact on your appearance. Of the various treatment options available, reconstructive surgery remains the most common for all types of skin cancer. Dr. Jason D. Johnson at PHX Plastic Surgery provides a range of options to greatly improve the appearance of the treatment area.

When is skin cancer removal used?

In a skin exam, Dr. Jason D. Johnson evaluates moles on the patient’s body, which are flat or raised growths on the skin. A typical mole is usually smooth, round, or oval, and no larger than a pencil eraser. Most moles are benign (non-cancerous); however, abnormal moles can develop into melanoma over time if they are not treated.

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, as well as with resurfacing treatments to restore evenness.

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