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Hearing a diagnosis of “cancer” is very difficult to accept. Understanding that treating your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can also be troubling. Your plastic surgeon understands your concerns and will guide you through treatment and explain the resulting effect on your health and appearance.
Treatment of skin cancer, much like any form of cancer, may require surgery to remove cancerous growths. Your plastic surgeon can surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialized techniques to preserve your health and your appearance. Although no surgery is without scars, your plastic surgeon will make every effort to treat your skin cancer without dramatically changing your appearance. For some people, reconstruction may require more than one procedure to achieve the best results.
Skin Cancer Removal Los Angeles is normally performed under general anesthetic, although some patients elect to have the procedure done under local anesthetic.
Skin Cancer Removal can take from one to four hours to complete.
You will be examined by a physician and undergo blood work testing to ensure that you are medically fit for surgery. You should stop taking aspirin, or any anti-flammitory drugs.
You will be given a prescription to antibiotics and painkillers, which you should fill before your surgery so that you have them easily available on day of surgery and your driver and/or caregiver is not running around to drugstores on the day of your surgery.
A friend or family member must bring you to the Beverly Hills Institute of Plastic Surgery. Our Patient Care Coordinator will greet you and bring in into the an examining room, where your Plastic Surgeon will mark outlines on the parts of your body that will indicate where the treatment will be administered.
Your surgeon will call you once you are safely at home to see how you are doing and to make sure you are recovering normally.
Following your skin cancer surgery, incision sites may be sore, red or drain small amounts of fluid. It is important to follow all wound care instructions such as cleansing and applying topical medications exactly as directed
Be sure to ask the plastic surgeon specific questions about what you can expect during your individual recovery period.
Healing will continue for many weeks or months as incision lines continue to improve. It may take a year or more following a given procedure for incision lines to refine and fade to some degree. In some cases, secondary procedures may be required to complete or refine your reconstruction.
Practice diligent sun protection every day of your life and quit smoking to insure continued healing and good health. Sun exposure on healing wounds may result in irregular pigmentation and scars that can become raised, red or dark. Sun exposure may result in a recurrence of your skin cancer, or the development of skin cancer in another region of your body.
Like all surgery, they are always risks. Typical Skin Cancer Removal Los Angeles risks include: bleeding (hematoma), infection, poor healing of incisions, anesthesia risks, unfavorable scarring, frozen-section inaccuracy, recurrence of skin cancer, systemic spread of skin cancer, change in skin sensation, skin contour irregularities, skin discoloration/swelling, allergies to tape, suture materials and glues, blood products, topical preparations or injected agents, damage to deeper structures — such as nerves, blood vessels, muscles, and lungs — can occur and may be temporary or permanent, pain, which may persist, possibility of revisional surgery.
Once you are deemed a good candidate for a Skin Cancer Removal procedure, your Plastic Surgeon will discuss the risks in detail with you during your initial consultation.
Costs are based on the unique needs of the patient. Your Patient Care Coordinator will discuss the cost of a Skin Cancer Removal procedure and the payment options available to you.