Skin cancer is more common than you might think. In fact, around 50% of people will have experienced some form of skin cancer when they reach age 65. The most common type of skin cancer, and also the most common type of cancer in general, is Basal Cell Carcinoma. This disease can cause disfiguration of the tissue in question if left untreated for long periods of time.
Because of the prevalence of skin cancer and its tendency to lead to disfigurement if left untreated, we are seeing a rise in skin cancer reconstruction.
The Importance of this Procedure
These cancers should be removed immediately. However, even when the cancer is spotted and removed in time, the removal of these cancers can cause disfigurement without reconstruction surgery.
There are two techniques of skin cancer reconstruction:
- Skin Flaps: Often a skin flap procedure will be chosen as the best way to limit scarring and restore full function to the affected area. This procedure involves the removal of a flap of skin from the area adjacent to the cancer removal site.
- Skin Grafts: This technique involves taking skin from a predetermined donor site on the patient’s body and transferring it to the affected area. This technique leaves some scarring.
Discuss your Options
The rise in skin cancer has led to a rise in skin cancer reconstruction. If you’ve been diagnosed with skin cancer, it is important to not only have the cancer removed, but restore the affected area with skin cancer reconstruction.
As a leading surgeon in facial plastic surgery, Dr. Binder is an expert in both removal and reconstruction techniques.Schedule your consultation, and Dr. Binder will discuss what options are available to you.