Skin Cancer Removal
For skin cancers that have not spread surgery may be performed to remove them and no other treatment needed however the more aggressive skin cancers such as melanoma may require extensive surgeries.
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that occurs when the pigment-producing cells in the skin (melanocytes) become abnormal and begin to grow uncontrollably. Melanoma is one of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer, and if left untreated, it can spread to other parts of the body and become life-threatening.
The primary cause of melanoma is exposure to UV radiation from the sun or tanning beds. People with fair skin, light eyes, and a history of sunburns are at higher risk for developing melanoma.
Melanoma can appear anywhere on the body, but it most commonly occurs on the legs in women and on the back in men.
Basal and squamous cells Carcinoma
Two other types of skin cancer basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma are more common than melanoma. They are not as dangerous as melanoma and spread only rarely but they do grow larger so delay in removing them makes them harder to remove them with only a minimal scar and even if they are unlikely to metastasise should still always be removed. Mr Ferrando can surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialised techniques.
Treating skin cancer may result in scars and a good plastic surgeon should understand your concerns and explain the results and what your appearance will be afterwards. Mr Ferrando has all the experience to treat your skin to minimise damage and change to appearance. Some small skin cancers can be removed under local anaesthesia in day hospital. Others need more aggressive treatment.
When deciding what treatment is best your surgeon will consider:
- The type of cancer
- The stage of the cancer
- General health
Treatment could also be MMS or MOHs micro graphic surgery which is a specialist form of surgery used to treat non melanoma skin cancers when there could be a risk of the cancer spreading or returning or where the cancer is in an area where as little skin as possible should be removed such as in the face close to eyes or nose.
There are also non surgical procedures that may be carried out to remove the less aggressive types of skin cancer and these are things like radiation therapy or the use of anti – cancer creams. The radiation therapy should be used only on very old people with underlying condition, when the surgery can not be performed, or when the cancer to deep. If you are worried about any bump or lump that has grown in size is of irregular shape or colour please consult a doctor and do not ignore it.
Your consultation for plastic surgery with Mr Ferrando is an important step in the process of considering and undergoing cosmetic or reconstructive procedures.
This initial meeting allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure. It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have. You will look at the “before and after” images of previous patients and get further information you need to make a decision.
Mr Ferrando will review your medical history and conduct a physical exam. He will then discuss all options suitable for you and explain each stage of the procedure or treatment. The exact procedure depends on the anatomy of the patient.
Our team believes that a well-informed, comfortable patient is one of the most important elements of the process. Whether you move forward with surgery or simply learn more, Dr Ferrando is looking forward to meeting you!
Treatment could include surgical excision cutting out the skin cancer plus some surrounding healthy tissue to ensure that the cancer is completely removed. This operation may be done in conjunction with a skin graft.
Risks and Side Effects
All surgeries carry certain risks and even though they are rare you should be aware of them before making your decision. Mr Ferrando will talk you through any possible risks and side effects at his consultations as they will vary depending on the patient’s anatomy, age, physical condition and lifestyle.
During his procedures and treatments, he does everything possible to minimise the risk of complications by practicing a meticulously detailed approach and applying his world-class training background.
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This initial contact allows the patient and surgeon to discuss goals, expectations, and potential outcomes, as well as evaluate the patient’s eligibility for the desired procedure.
It will be an opportunity to ask questions or clarify any concerns that you may have and get further information you need to make a decision.