Skin Cancer Removal & Reconstruction Fort Myers
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Fortunately, with early diagnosis, most skin cancers are treatable. Dr. Douglas Stevens is a highly trained and experienced surgeon with years of experience diagnosing and treating pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions. He is particularly skilled in treating delicate areas such as the nose and face. Dr. Stevens’ goal is to address the problem and reconstruct the affected areas in order to provide the most functional and aesthetically pleasing results.
Dr. Stevens understands that receiving a skin cancer diagnosis can be a frightening experience. He and his trusted team do their utmost to ensure each patient is treated using only the latest technology, advanced treatment methods and world-class patient care.
Skin Cancer Removal
Skin cancer is diagnosed by performing a biopsy. The specific technique used to remove pre-cancerous and cancerous growths will depend on the size, location and type of lesion or growth. While a simple surgical excision may be enough to successfully remove a pre-cancerous or small lesion, more advanced stages of skin cancer may require more complex surgical techniques.
One of the most common procedures used for skin cancer is Mohs surgery. This in-office procedure is performed under local anesthesia by a specially trained dermatologist and uses a microscope to carefully examine the skin’s layers to ensure the removal of all cancerous cells. During the procedure, the Mohs surgeon will remove a layer of tissue and examine it under the microscope. If the surgeon sees cancerous cells, he or she will remove another layer of tissue on the exact location where they were detected, sparing as much healthy tissue as possible. This process is repeated until no cancerous cells remain. Not all skin cancers require Mohs surgery. But if the procedure is advised, Dr. Stevens works with several Mohs surgeons and can repair the Mohs defect after complete removal of the cancerous cells is achieved.
After removing all of the cancerous cells, Dr. Stevens may use one of several reconstructive techniques. His goal is to minimize scarring and restore a normal appearance to the area. Techniques vary from a simple closure to a more complex one such as skin or cartilage grafting, which involves taking skin and cartilage from one body area to reconstruct the treated area. Treatment is typically performed using a local anesthesia.
The length of your recovery will depend on the extent of surgery. Recovery after Mohs surgery typically takes one to two weeks. The incision may be temporarily red or pink in color and you may experience some discomfort. Our team will provide you detailed instructions on how to care for your incision and may prescribe oral pain medication to minimize discomfort. Depending on the treatment size and severity of the lesion, it may take several months for the area to fully heal. You will return to our office regularly so our team can monitor your healing progress.
Following treatment, Dr. Stevens and his staff will develop a personalized skin care routine for you to follow. Using the Visia® computer skin analysis system, a state-of-the-art imaging system, Dr. Stevens captures pictures of your skin to provide an accurate analysis of the skin problems you currently have and potential conditions you may face in the future. The Visia’s cutting-edge technology can detect anything from wrinkles and fine lines to sun damage and skin conditions. This information will allow Dr. Stevens to recommend the combination of skin care products and treatments that best suit your needs.
To learn more about skin care treatment and reconstruction, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Stevens. Contact Stevens Facial Plastic & Laser Center by calling (239) 481-9292 today.