Surgery to Remove Cancerous Lesions
Skin cancer is all too common in Southern California. Cancerous lesions may appear anywhere on the body that has been regularly exposed to UV rays, especially the face and neck. A plastic surgeon at UCI Plastic Surgery can surgically remove the skin cancer lesions with minimal scarring.
The doctors at UCI Plastic Surgery are leaders in the field of cosmetic surgery. Through their teaching and lecturing roles at UCI, they stay current with state-of-the-art techniques and technology. With their advanced technical skills, they consistently produce better, more natural-looking results for their patients.
To learn more about skin cancer and its removal process, contact UCI Plastic Surgery to schedule a free consultation at one of our five locations in Orange, Costa Mesa, Tustin, Yorba Linda, and Newport Beach, CA.
Reasons for Skin Cancer Removal
There are three main types of skin cancer that are surgically removed:
- Basal cell carcinomas
- Squamous cell carcinomas
During skin cancer removal, your plastic surgeon will carefully remove the basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma lesion. Malignant melanomas are a more serious type of skin cancer that require a different treatment plan. Excision and wound care techniques are employed to minimize and conceal scarring.
FAQ About Skin Cancer Surgery in Orange County
The following are some common questions and answers about surgical removal of skin cancer. For additional information, please contact the Orange County plastic surgery offices of UCI Plastic Surgery.
Women and men of all ages can contract skin cancer. The risk is greater for people with fair skin, light hair and blue eyes. The cause of all skin cancers is sun exposure.
The plastic surgeon performs a careful incision to remove (or excise) the cancerous tissue. The procedure typically requires a local anesthetic to control discomfort.
A physician identifies suspicious lesions and a biopsy can confirm if the growth or lesion is skin cancer. See a physician if you have noticed a new or suspicious change on your skin.
Avoid sun exposure and use sun protection products. Sunscreen, hats and protective clothing can help protect your skin, so use them–even when you are exposed to limited sunlight.