Affecting more than one million people in the U.S. 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 plastic surgeon can help maintain the integrity of your skin.
Board certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Sherif Khattab specializes in the latest skin cancer removal techniques. Whether you’ve been officially diagnosed with skin cancer, or you’re concerned about a questionable lesion, Dr. Khattab has the education and training to help.
Anyone who has been diagnosed with skin cancer should consider removal surgery. Skin cancer removal surgery can be used for basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, irregular moles and questionable lesions.
As a general rule, the best candidates for skin cancer removal are otherwise healthy and possess realistic expectations. Dr. Khattab will be able to determine if skin cancer removal is necessary for you following an in-house consultation.
The consultation: In order to determine if you are good candidate for skin cancer removal, you will need to be honest and upfront about every aspect of your health. Your consultation will include a physical examination, as well as an in-depth discussion of your medical history and cosmetic goals. This information will help Dr. Khattab determine if skin cancer removal is the right choice for you.
Procedure: 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. 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. In most cases, donor tissue is taken from an area on your body that can be concealed under clothing.
Recovery: 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, which can be managed with pain medication. Bandages are removed in a few days, and stitches in one week. 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.
Results: 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 with the natural contours of your body. Following skin cancer surgery in Torrance, CA, it is still possible for skin cancer to return in the same region or another area of your body. For this reason, you should wear sun screen and protect your skin from direct sun exposure. You should also get regular check ups with your dermatologist.
If you’re ready to learn more about skin cancer surgery in Torrance, CA call 310-325-2100 to inquire about a consultation with Dr. Khattab. Beyond Beautiful is located at 23365 Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 102, in Torrance, CA. Since 1988, we have been providing excellent care to patients from nearby Torrance, Long Beach, Redondo Beach, and beyond.