Phone Number 480-991-6877
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4602 N 16th St. Third Floor, Phoenix, Arizona, 85016
480-991-6877

Skin Cancer Treatments Phoenix

Arizona Skin Cancer is more than a mild risk, and skin cancer surgery is a certainty in many residents’ lives. Finding a skin cancer surgeon who can not only remove the cancer as soon as it is discovered but can also reconstruct the cancer site and revise the remaining scars is important.

Living in the state of Arizona, all of us enjoy greater than 320 days of sunshine per year. Unfortunately, Arizona also has the second highest incidence of skin cancer in the world; second only to the gold coast of Australia. Skin cancer is a near epidemic malignancy here in the state of Arizona. The loose rule is that the lighter your skin color, the higher your risk of developing skin cancer. If you have already had a skin cancer, your risk of developing further skin cancers almost doubles because, given that skin cancers are definitely a product of sun exposure, your other skin has been subject to the same damaging sun exposure.

Here at North Valley Plastic Surgery, our board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeons all perform skin cancer removal and skin cancer reconstruction surgery every week. Malignancies of the skin are clearly the most common form of cancer, so it is important to identify these lesions and perform the skin cancer surgery as soon as possible.

Types of Skin Cancer

Basal Cell Carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. Basal cell carcinoma can usually be excised without difficulty when detected early. When this type of skin cancer becomes more advanced, excision is still usually curative. Closure of the wounds left behind by the excision will more commonly require sophisticated reconstructive surgical procedures, that are best performed by trained, qualified, and experienced plastic surgeons such as those here at North Valley Plastic Surgery. Basal cell carcinoma does not metastasize (spread to other parts of the body) except in extremely rare circumstances. Listed below are a few symptoms you can look for to catch basal cell carcinoma in its early phases:

  • Skin sore that bleeds and/or won’t heal
  • Appearance of a scar without any injury to the site
  • A sore that is sunken in the middle
  • Irregular blood vessels around the sore
  • Any change in a pre-existing skin lesion is suspicious for skin cancer. Typical changes that may occur included change in color, shape, size, texture, hair growth, for your regular borders.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma is the second most common form of skin cancer. This less common type of skin cancer can usually be excised without difficulty when detected early. When this type of skin cancer becomes more advanced, excision is still usually curative; but, closure of the wounds left behind by the excision will more commonly require sophisticated reconstructive surgical procedures that are best performed by trained, qualified, and experienced skin cancer surgeons such as ours here at North Valley Plastic Surgery. Squamous cell cancer can spread to various areas of your body and cause serious complications. Listed below are a few symptoms you can look for to catch squamous cell carcinoma:

  • Firm red nodule
  • Flat lesion with crusting
  • Ulcer on an already existing scar
  • Any change in a pre-existing skin lesion is suspicious for skin cancer. Typical changes that may occur included change in color, shape, size, texture, hair growth, for your regular borders.

Malignant Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer. Melanoma forms in the cells that produce melanin, or the areas where there is pigment. This form of cancer can be located anywhere on the body; but, is usually located where there has been exposure to the sun or UV rays. Listed below are a few symptoms you can look for to catch malignant melanoma:

  • Change in color/size/shape of a mole
  • Unusual growth on skin

Causes of Skin Cancer

Skin cancer can form due to excessive exposure to the sun or UV rays (including tanning beds), with or without the use of a sunscreen.

Skin Cancer Removal Process

If you have a suspicious lesion, it is important to have it looked at by a qualified physician. Here at North Valley Plastic Surgery, our doctors are dually trained in plastic and reconstructive surgery as well as general surgery. During our consultations, our skin cancer reconstructive surgeon may opt to do a biopsy of the area; meaning, he will remove part of the specimen and send it to the laboratory for a pathologic analysis. When the results are returned, your surgeon will not only discuss the results, but he will discuss a surgical plan.

Skin cancer surgery is a very meticulous procedure; and, having the lesions removed by a plastic surgeon is extremely beneficial. Your post-surgical appearance is very important to us and, we feel that your outcome in terms of both curing your cancer and in terms of your APPEARANCE will definitely be optimal in the hands of one of our qualified and board certified plastic surgeons/skin cancer reconstructive surgery specialists. Our board certified plastic surgeons understand that an unsightly scar is not desired. Our reconstructive surgeons will remove the lesions and leave as minimal a scar as possible. Skin cancer surgery can be done under local, twilight, or general anesthesia.

When regular excision of skin cancer lesions is done, the specimens will be sent to the laboratory following the procedure. The incision site will be sutured closed with dissolvable and/or Nylon sutures. Once the specimens are sent to the laboratory, it will take up to seven days to receive the results. Mohs surgery is a type of skin cancer surgery that is reserved only for select cases. The Mohs surgery process is much more time consuming and costly. We believe that Mohs surgical excision of skin cancers is very often over used and is useful only in certain cases such as the corner of the eye, the nasal tip, recurrences in other critical areas and at your skin cancer reconstructive surgeons’ discretion. Mohs surgery is almost never indicated for skin cancer removal for cancers of the trunk or of the extremities. These types of cancers are best handled by our skin cancer surgeons here at North Valley Plastic Surgery. Furthermore, your skin cancer reconstruction surgery is best performed by our qualified and experienced skin cancer reconstruction specialists.

Another type of skin cancer reconstructive surgery is removing lesions via “frozen section.” This excision is done under general anesthesia. As the lesions are removed, they are sent to the pathology department at the hospital. This allows for immediate results, to ensure that all cancer cells are removed. Once the lesions have been completely removed, dissolvable and/or Nylon sutures will close the surgical site.

What to Expect After the Procedure

You can shower 48 hours after surgery, and it is important to pat the surgical areas dry and follow your suture care. If the lesions are on your face, the Nylon sutures will be removed in five to seven days; whereas, Nylon sutures on your body will be removed in ten to fourteen days.

The use of a bath tub, Jacuzzi, or anything that allows the body to submerge is not allowed, until clearance from the physician has been provided (usually 2-3 weeks after the surgery).

For more information regarding skin cancer surgery, Arizona skin cancer, skin cancer surgeons, skin cancer Phoenix. Please call our office to schedule a consultation with one of our skin cancer reconstructive surgeons: 480.991.6877.

Our Location
4602 N 16th St. Third Floor, Phoenix, Arizona, 85016
Phone Number 480-991-6877