Skin Cancer Removal and Reconstruction
Naples Plastic Surgery
Skin cancer can be caused by a number of factors. The most common is exposure to ultraviolet radiation, which comes from the sun and tanning booths. It can form on any part of the body, but is most common on the face, head and neck. Although some individuals are more prone to developing this form of cancer, it can affect anyone at any age.
There are several different types of harmful skin cancer that, left untreated, can lead to severe disfigurement. Symptoms can be difficult to recognize and greatly depend on the type of cancer as well as the severity level. Patients should seek immediate medical attention at the first sight of any abnormal skin growth, discoloration, bumps, sores or white patches. Individuals should especially watch for the warning signs of melanoma, a particularly dangerous and life-threatening cancer.
If you are concerned that you may have skin cancer, a great way to diagnose it is to visit Dr. Gardner. He will perform a biopsy, and if it comes back positive for cancer, he will remove the affected skin.
Skin Cancer Surgery
Many primary care doctors, as well as some dermatologists, see the value of having a skilled plastic surgeon perform skin cancer removal procedures for their patients. Because of this, Dr. Gardner is highly recommended by other healthcare professionals for this procedure. He performs a comprehensive skin exam, removes the cancer, and closes the wound. Sometimes this requires a skin graft or flap of tissue moved from one part of the patient's body to another. His specialized training in this allows patients to achieve restoration after this sometimes disfiguring surgery.
Patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer after a positive biopsy result are seen in consultation by Dr. Gardner at his office. Often, the surgery to remove the cancer can be done on the same day as the consultation. A local anesthetic is injected into the area of the skin cancer, and it is removed, often using a Moh’s like technique which gives the patient assurance that the cancer is completely gone from the area within a short time of the excision. The closure is then done using plastic surgery techniques to give the best scar possible.
To minimize further damage to the skin that can lead to severe disfigurement, patients who are experiencing skin cancer symptoms should schedule a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Gardner by calling (239) 566-2611.