Skin Cancer of the Face

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Facial skin cancers are very common. Years of exposure to the sun with little or no skin protection often leads to these cancers. Treatment of skin cancer commonly requires surgical excision of the lesion and subsequent reconstruction. Dr. Albert Fox’s specialized training as a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon, provides his patients with the highest level of care and attention.

Reconstruction

While the most important aspect of skin cancer surgery is the complete removal of the skin cancer, Dr. Albert Fox places a high priority on providing the most aesthetic possible reconstruction. Dr. Fox utilizes both surgical and non surgical techniques to minimize scarring and to maintain or restore the form and function of the facial structures.

Dr. Fox often will work with a Mohs surgeon to provide optimal surgical treatment of skin cancers around the eyes, nose or cheeks. Meticulous attention to detail in choosing and designing a reconstructive procedure, in addition to careful wound closure and proper post-operative wound care are all employed by Dr. Fox to obtain the best results possible.

Types of Skin Cancers

Basal Cell Cancer, Squamous Cell Cancer and Malignant Melanoma are common skin cancers that frequently affect the face, head and neck regions.

Basal Cell Cancer

Basal Cell Cancer is the most common form of skin cancer. This skin cancer has a very high cure rate, approaching 99% when early and optimal treatment has been given. The areas most commonly affected include the nose, ears and lips.

Basal Cell Skin Cancer often has the appearance of a raised lesion, with rolled up or pearlescent borders prominent blood vessels along the surface.

Squamous Cell Cancer

Squamous Cell Cancer is the next most common type of skin cancer. If treated early, squamous cell cancer has a high cure rate. The appearance can vary, but commonly presents as a raised lesion with a central ulceration or a lesion that may be prone to bleeding when touched.

Melanoma

Malignant Melanoma typically appears as a black or dark brown patch with irregular borders. Any mole that changes in color, shape, and size should be evaluated. Melanoma must be treated early and aggressively to prevent spread.

Factors leading to skin cancer

The most common reason for developing skin cancer is simply long term exposure to the sun. Ultraviolet rays from sunlight lead to the damaging effects of our skin. Tanning beds also emit ultraviolet rays that can cause skin cancer as well as premature aging.

UV-A rays penetrate deeply into the skin. UV-A rays are the aging rays that lead to premature aging, wrinkling, sagging and give a leathery appearance to the skin.

UV-B rays also penetrate the skin and cause burning. The combination of UVA and UVB rays contribute to the formation of skin cancers and premature skin aging.

With appropriate skin care and skin care products, damage from long term sun exposure can be treated, and future skin cancers and premature skin aging can be prevented.

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