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Skin Cancer Removal: Expert Care for Your Health

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach, our board-certified dermatologists specialize in the early detection and effective removal of skin cancers. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or have a suspicious lesion, our skilled team uses advanced techniques to remove these growths with precision, minimizing scarring and promoting optimal healing.

Understanding Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the abnormal growth of skin cells, typically caused by excessive exposure to ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun or tanning beds. The three main types of skin cancer are:

  • Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)
  • Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC)
  • Melanoma

While BCC and SCC are more common and less aggressive, melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer and can be life-threatening if not detected and treated early. Regular skin cancer screenings and prompt removal of suspicious lesions are essential for maintaining your skin health and overall well-being.

Skin Cancer Removal Techniques

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, we use a range of advanced techniques to remove skin cancers, depending on the type, size, location, and depth of the growth. These techniques include:

Mohs Micrographic Surgery

Mohs surgery is the gold standard for removing BCC and SCC, particularly in cosmetically sensitive areas like the face, ears, and hands. This precise technique involves removing the cancer layer by layer and examining each layer under a microscope until all cancerous cells are eliminated. Mohs surgery offers the highest cure rates and minimizes scarring by preserving as much healthy tissue as possible.

Surgical Excision

Surgical excision involves numbing the area with local anesthesia and carefully cutting out the entire skin cancer, including a margin of healthy tissue. The wound is then closed with stitches, leaving a thin, linear scar that fades over time. Surgical excision is often used for melanoma and larger or deeper BCCs and SCCs.

Curettage and Electrodesiccation

Curettage and electrodesiccation (C&E) is a technique used for removing small, superficial BCCs and SCCs. This involves scraping away the cancer with a curette and then burning the base of the wound with an electric needle to destroy any remaining cancer cells. C&E may require multiple rounds and can leave a slightly larger, more circular scar than surgical excision.

Our experienced dermatologists will assess your skin cancer and recommend the most appropriate removal technique based on your individual needs and goals.

What to Expect During and After Your Procedure

Skin cancer removal is typically a quick, in-office procedure performed under local anesthesia. Most patients experience minimal discomfort during the procedure and can return to their normal activities within a day or two, depending on the extent of the removal.

After your procedure, our team will provide detailed aftercare instructions to ensure proper healing and minimize scarring. This may include keeping the area clean and dry, applying ointment, and avoiding sun exposure. We will schedule follow-up appointments to monitor your healing progress, discuss any necessary additional treatments, and develop a personalized plan for ongoing skin cancer prevention and surveillance.

The Importance of Early Detection and Prevention

Early detection is key to successfully treating skin cancer and minimizing the risk of complications or disfigurement. We recommend that all adults perform regular self-examinations and schedule annual skin cancer screenings with a board-certified dermatologist, particularly if you have a history of sun exposure, sunburns, or a family history of skin cancer.

In addition to early detection, prevention is crucial for reducing your risk of developing skin cancer. We will provide guidance on protecting your skin from UV damage, including using broad-spectrum sunscreen, wearing protective clothing, and seeking shade during peak sun hours.

Why Choose Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics for Skin Cancer Removal?

At Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics, our board-certified dermatologists have extensive experience in diagnosing and removing skin cancers using the most advanced, minimally invasive techniques. We prioritize your health, safety, and satisfaction throughout your treatment journey.

Our state-of-the-art facility in Newport Beach offers a welcoming, compassionate environment where you can feel confident in the care you receive. We understand that a skin cancer diagnosis can be stressful, which is why we take a personalized approach to your treatment, ensuring that you feel informed, supported, and empowered every step of the way.

Schedule Your Skin Cancer Consultation Today

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer or have a suspicious lesion, don't wait to seek expert care. Schedule your consultation with our experienced dermatologists at Balanced Skin Dermatology and Aesthetics in Newport Beach today.

Contact us to book your appointment and take the first step towards protecting your skin health and peace of mind. We look forward to providing you with the highest quality care and support on your journey to skin cancer recovery and prevention.