Skin Cancer Treatment in Orlando, FL
Skin cancer is, unfortunately, very common in Orlando, Orange County, and Central Florida. Any part of the body that is exposed to the sun is at risk of developing skin cancer. Malignant skin growths and/or lesions are often times found on the face and neck. Board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, practices great care when removing such cancerous growths and lesions with a scalpel and repairing the spot in such a way that will keep scarring to a minimum.
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer develops as the result of mutant skin cells, not unlike other types of cancer. The gravity of skin cancer can range from superficial in nature to life-threatening. Dr. Peters has many years of experience treating skin cancer of all degrees, from benign to malignant, at his Orlando plastic surgery office.
Benefits of Skin Cancer Removal
In the majority of cases, skin cancer removal is performed primarily as a cosmetic procedure. For some individuals, the removal of the skin cancer is done in order to prevent the cancer cells from spreading to surrounding healthy tissues. One of the major benefits of Dr. Peters performing the procedure is that he works extremely diligently as to ensure that the result is aesthetically pleasing. Such a careful approach is not one generally utilized by the majority of doctors.
Good Candidates for Skin Cancer Removal
Individuals of all ages can be diagnosed with skin cancer. Those who have a greater risk of exposure are thought to be people with light hair, fair skin, and blue eyes. The two types of skin cancer that are surgically removed are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Dr. Peters performs the surgical removal in a quick and minimally invasive manner, being diligent to remove all of the cancer. Malignant melanoma, however, is more severe and, as such, requires a different avenue of approach and care.
A doctor can identify dangerous skin changes, and a biopsy can be performed in order to determine if these growths, lesions, or changes are cancerous or not. You should monitor your skin regularly and visit a dermatologist annually. It is also important to visit your doctor if you notice any new growths or changes in your skin.
What Happens During Skin Cancer Surgery?
Skin cancer surgery is generally performed under local anesthesia or minor sedation as an outpatient procedure. Dr. Peters makes an incision in the area of the cancerous tissue and removes it, tweaking his approach based on the size and location of the cancer. In some instances, the first few layers of tissue are removed to be examined under a microscope. If cancerous cells are not found in these first few layers, more tissue is then removed. The process continues in this way until no more cancerous tissue is found.
After all signs of skin cancer are removed, Dr. Peters works on repairing the incision wound with sutures. He may use a skin graft or flap, which is covered with a bandage dressing and tape.
Recovery from Skin Cancer Surgery
Some swelling and discomfort at the treatment site are common side effects of skin cancer removal. Dr. Peters can prescribe medication to help you manage any post-operative pain you may experience. Two weeks of downtime is average after your surgery while a bandage is worn. You may need to return to Dr. Peters’ office for follow-up appointments, as necessary, during this time. It is important that you keep an eye on the treatment area and let Dr. Peters know of any changes right away. There is a slight risk that the skin cancer can return or appear in an adjacent part of your body.
Shielding your skin from the sun can help lower your risk of being stricken with skin cancer. Being prudent about sun exposure, using sun protection, wearing a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen is important for avoiding skin cancer. Even years after sun exposure, skin cancer can appear. Taking action now can help to reduce your risk later in life.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Removal Cost in Orlando?
Skin cancer removal, because of its medical necessity, is typically covered by your medical insurance. Our friendly, knowledgeable patient coordinator will work with you to help you determine your portion of the overall cost of treatment. The cost of skin cancer removal is determined by the personalized treatment plan Dr. Peters develops during your consultation. After this appointment, we provide you with a total cost analysis. In order to make our services accessible and affordable to all of our patients, we offer many flexible payment options, including cash, personal check, and major credit card. If you are interested in financing for your skin cancer removal surgery, our patient coordinator can explain how to apply for CareCredit®.
For more information about skin cancer removal or other types of reconstructive surgery, please contact us to schedule a consultation at our Orlando plastic surgery office. The Center for Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery, led by board-certified plastic surgeon Kendall Peters, MD, FACS, offers skin cancer removal to the men and women who live in Orange County and Central Florida.