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Lesion & Skin Cancer Treatment

Most people see the damage that sun does to our skin manifested in small issues, like wrinkles or hyperpigmentation. But for some, repeated overexposure to the sun can result in more serious problems, including skin cancer. At Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery, we understand that a cancer diagnosis can be frightening, and the thought of permanent scars or disfigurement can also be overwhelming. Dr. Terrasse is experienced in removing both benign and cancerous lesions from the face and body and is skilled at minimizing scarring and performing any necessary reconstruction. Trust us to help you through this process to preserve both your health and your appearance.

Each year, nearly six million Americans are diagnosed with some form of skin cancer, whether it is basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma. As a board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Terrasse understands the importance of removing and fully treating the cancer, while doing so in a way that preserves your appearance as much as possible. Depending on the severity of the skin cancer, he may enlist the help of a pathologist, who analyzes the tissue at the time it is removed to help ensure the completeness of your treatment and to minimize the removal of healthy tissue.

Skin Cancer Removal Procedure

When you visit Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery to undergo skin cancer removal, you will be made comfortable in the treatment room, and local anesthesia will be administered. The technique Dr. Terrasse uses for your removal procedure will depend on the type, location and size of the lesion, but whatever he chooses will maximize his ability to perform any reconstructive steps after the cancer is removed. It is important to understand that while every surgery will involve scars, Dr. Terrasse will do his best to keep any visible scarring to a minimum.

If the skin cancer lesion is small, it can be excised (surgically removed), and the area closed with precise sutures. However, the skin cancer that is visible on the surface of your skin may extend much deeper into your dermis. He frequently utilizes a technique referred to as ‘Frozen Section’ control and a pathologist will examine the section, and let Dr. Terrasse know if all of the cancer has been removed successfully.

Reconstruction and Recovery

If the skin cancer area is large or in an area that may cause noticeable disfigurement, you may need to undergo a more involved reconstructive procedure, usually using a skin flap or graft. If possible, Dr. Terrasse will reposition healthy tissue from around the excision over the wound. If the area is too big, he may utilize a skin graft to cover the area. In both cases, sutures are placed carefully in the natural lines of your face to hide any resulting scars.

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After your procedure, Dr. Terrasse will give you instructions on how to care for your wound, as well as schedule follow-up visits to help insurance excellent healing. It is vital that you use sun protection, as once you are diagnosed with skin cancer, and it is important to be vigilant about others areas of skin that might also develop a similar problem. He is happy to examine you at intervals after your surgery to help spot suspicious lesions early.

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and are concerned about the effect that the removal may have on your appearance, Terrasse Aesthetic Surgery can help. Call our office today at 847-234-2400 to schedule an appointment.

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