Basal cell is the most common and the slowest growing. Squamous cell cancers are the second most common with melanoma being the least common but the most malignant. All three can occur anywhere on the body but most commonly occur in sun-exposed areas. Dr. Antimarino recommends a yearly skin exam with a board-certified dermatologist.
Warning signs for basal cell and squamous cell cancers are small, localized rough patches of skin that do not respond to moisturizing, skin areas that frequently bleed and never seem to heal completely, small raised skin lesions in sun-exposed areas or in areas of previous severe sunburns.
Warning signs for melanoma are moles that have darkened or have become black, flat moles that become raised, moles with irregular borders or moles that contain sections of different colors like red and brown.
How do I Prepare for excision of a skin cancer?
In your initial consultation with Dr. Antimarino, make sure to discuss your expectations for the procedure. This is the time to discuss your concerns and your goals as he will design a surgical plan specifically for you.
You may want to come in with a list of questions that you want to be answered before the procedure. This will eliminate any confusion and will provide you with the most comfortable experience at Bellissimo Plastic Surgery & Medi Spa.
The use of Aspirin, Ibuprofen, or other supplements that may increase bruising should be stopped two weeks prior to surgery.
Lastly, you will also want to read through our patient resources, such as our note of privacy policies and surgeon checklist, to better educate yourself about the entire surgical process.
Surgery: In many cases, these skin cancers must be completely excised surgically to ensure clear margins. This simple procedure can be done under local anesthesia or sedation, depending upon the patient’s preference as an outpatient procedure. The procedure should be performed in an accredited surgical facility.
After surgery: Patients are discharged with a light dressing. Most patients can return to work the following day. Pathology reports usually take 4-5 days for results.
For a more detailed discussion and to answer all your surgical questions, schedule a consultation with Dr. Antimarino today.