It is disheartening to hear that you have been diagnosed with cancer. For many people, receiving this diagnosis causes their mind to jump to the worst possible scenario. When an individual is diagnosed with skin cancer, there are a number of treatments and procedures that can be done. The treatment or procedure that may be used can vary depending on the size and location of the cancer. Many Melbourne residents who are diagnosed with this cancer are treated with skin cancer removal.
Using Surgery to Treat Skin Cancer
When a person is diagnosed with skin cancer, surgery, which includes skin cancer removal, is the most common treatment. Of course, the type of surgery an individual receives does vary based on the size of the cancer and where it is located.
In many cases, skin cancer removal simply involves having the cancer removed by a surgeon. The procedure is usually simple. It usually involves removing the skin that has cancer and some of the healthy skin around the affected area.
Patients are able to go home the same day as the surgery. Once the surgery is complete, the team can provide the patient with information on how they can care for the treated area once they go home.
Treating Larger Areas
When the area being treated is relatively small, treatment may be performed using a local anesthetic. However, if the area is large, then our doctor may use a general anesthetic. Extra techniques may be used to help the treated skin completely recover. It all depends on the unique case.
When skin cancer is removed, the doctor can remove normal skin to make sure that all of the cancer is completely gone. After the cancer has been removed, you may have stitches that can be removed in the weeks after the operation. In some cases, the surgeon may use dissolvable stitches that don’t have to be removed.
It is imperative that you pay attention to the instructions provided by the doctor on how to care for the area after surgery. This helps to aid in the healing process.
Are you interested in learning more information about skin cancer removal? Our team at REAL Cosmetic & Plastic Surgery would be happy to to sit down with you and address your concerns. Contact us today to book an appointment at our office in Moonee Ponds or Werribee Victoria. We look forward to assisting you.