Living in Florida and being exposed to so much sun– skin cancer is actually quite frequent. You may be asking “Why should I consult my plastic surgeon to deal with skin cancer?” Well, when it comes to skin cancers, a lot of the time you need to remove not only the cancer but some surrounding tissue. That tends to leave wounds which are slightly larger than what you might expect. So, it’s important to get somebody who’s trained and capable to not only cover those wounds but to do it in such a way to give you a good cosmetic outcome.
As plastic surgeons, we can treat you from an oncologic or cancer standpoint to get rid of your cancer, but we also move tissue around and hide scars to give you a nice cosmetic result as well. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or are concerned about spots on your skin don’t hesitate to call us for your consultation.
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 sign 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 by visiting Dr. Paul M. Gardner, Dr. Leo M. Baccaro, Dr. Mark Walsh, or Dr. Andrew Bonett. Your chosen surgeon will perform a biopsy, and if it comes back positive for cancer, he will remove the affected skin.
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, the surgeons at Naples Plastic Surgery are highly recommended by other healthcare professionals for this procedure. They perform comprehensive skin exams, cancer removals, and wound closing and repair. Sometimes this requires a skin graft or flap of tissue moved from one part of the patient’s body to another. Our surgeons have specialized training in this that 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, Dr. Baccaro, Dr. Walsh, or Dr. Bonett at their 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 the “Mohs” technique, a precision surgical procedure designed to ensure that the cancer is completely gone from the area within a short time of the excision. Incision closure is then conducted using plastic surgery techniques that will result in the least scarring 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, Dr. Baccaro, Dr. Walsh, or Dr. Bonett by calling (239) 566-2611.
Naples Plastic Surgery accepts most health insurance plans for Skin Cancer Removal procedures. Contact our office to learn more.
At Naples Plastic Surgery, our cosmetic services are designed to contour and enhance your body to help you achieve the body image that you desire. Known for offering among the best facial plastic surgery in Naples, our board-certified surgeons are known as much for their artistry as they are for their surgical skills. We understand that your image is the key to feeling great, so we will provide you with the most reliable advice and services to help make you look and feel your best.
The surgical team at Naples Plastic Surgery has the training and experience necessary to help you pursue your own individual cosmetic goals down to the very last detail, all in a warm, comfortable, and private environment.
Dr. Paul Gardner, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. As one of the leading plastic surgeons in Naples, FL, Dr. Gardner has more than 25 years of experience performing facial procedures including composite facelift, mini facelift, brow lift and skin cancer removal procedures. He also possesses expertise in breast augmentations, tummy tucks, and labiaplasty.
Dr. Mark Walsh, MD, FACS is a board-certified plastic surgeon serving Southwest Florida. Dr. Walsh participated in the prestigious plastic surgery training program at Duke University. He has also served as an invited reviewer and has provided expert commentaries for multiple surgical journals, including the highly regarded Aesthetic Surgery Journal.
Dr. Andrew M. Bonett, MD specializes in both reconstructive and cosmetic plastic surgery, with specific interests in reconstruction after breast and skin cancers, including Mohs reconstruction. His experience also includes reconstruction following traumatic injuries, body contouring, and general cosmetic plastic surgery procedures.
The plastic surgery process at Naples Plastic Surgery begins with a one-on-one, confidential consultation in which your surgeon conducts an examination to determine which procedures are likely to produce the most robust aesthetic improvements. This includes a comprehensive discussion with you to identify the benefits, risks and costs associated with each procedure. It may be possible to combine a number of surgical procedures into a single surgery if you desire and if your medical condition permits it.
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