A cancer diagnosis is very difficult to accept. Understanding that treating your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can also be troubling.
Dr. Scot McKenna understands your concerns. Using his years of experience and cutting-edge techniques, Dr. McKenna can guide you through your treatment and address your specific patient needs and goals.
If you have concerns about skin cancer, don’t wait. Schedule an appointment with Dr. McKenna today.
Skin cancer, much like any form of cancer, may require surgery to remove cancerous growths. Dr. McKenna can surgically remove cancerous and other skin lesions using specialized techniques to preserve your health and your appearance. Although no surgery is without scars, Dr. McKenna will make every effort to treat your skin cancer without dramatically changing your appearance, especially if the lesion appears on your face.
The way Dr. McKenna approaches your surgery will depend on the size, type and location of the lesion. A small or contained lesion may be removed with excision of a skin lesion, which is a simple surgical process. Unfortunately, skin cancer can have an “iceberg effect” which involves a more extensive growth beneath your skin. If this is the case, specialized techniques may be employed, and Dr. McKenna may order a frozen section of the growth for biopsy to ensure that all cancerous cells have been eradicated.
Once the growth has been removed, Dr. McKenna will repair the lesion using a local flap or skin graft.
Following your skin cancer surgery, your incision sites may be sore, red, or somewhat leaky. Dr. McKenna will give you specific instructions on wound care and cleansing, and he will instruct you on the timeline for your return to light activity in order to preserve your sutures. Healing may continue for weeks or months. Additionally, it’s important to try to keep out of the sun while your wound is healing -- exposure may result in irregular, unwanted pigmentation and increase your risk for skin cancer elsewhere.