Skin cancer removal has become a significant problem for many Americans, particularly those with a history of increased sun exposure. There are various types, but the more common are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinoma is usually slow-growing and less aggressive, but it can cause notable, localized destruction if allowed to grow unchecked. Squamous cell carcinoma is more serious and has the potential to spread, but it is rarely fatal. The most severe of the three is melanoma because of its ability to metastasize or spread to other parts of the body. It’s important to regularly see a dermatologist for examinations, especially if you have a family history of skin cancer, are immunocompromised, or have a personal history of sun damage.
Dr. Thompson is an expert in the management of these cancers and can administer physical exams of the head and neck for observation in patients with risk factors, perform a biopsy or surgical excision for pathological evaluation of suspicious moles or skin lesions, and work with Mohs surgeons to complete reconstruction of skin cancer removal defects once excised.
To determine if a patient requires treatment, Dr. Thompson recommends a private patient consultation. Prospective patients are encouraged to call the office to schedule an appointment at their earliest convenience.
Frequently Asked Skin Cancer Removal Questions
Skin cancer removal is a type of disease caused by ultraviolet radiation exposure. Risk factors include, but are not limited to, excessive sun exposure, a history of severe burns, fair skin, immunosuppression or immunocompromise, and a family history.
One of the most successful treatments for skin cancer removal is surgical removal. Plastic surgeons can do this in a way that maintains function and minimizes scar and deformity for a more natural result. In some instances, Dr. Thompson will team up with a Mohs surgeon who performs the excision while he completes the reconstruction. These two tasks can sometimes be performed on the same day. Dr. Thompson uses his plastic surgery background and the latest techniques to restore soft tissue defects to an appearance and function that is as close as possible to their pre-injury state.
Sometimes the excision and closure can be performed in the office setting. Depending on the type and location of cancer, a Mohs surgeon may perform the removal. Dr. Thompson will then perform the reconstruction, which can be done in the office or at an outpatient surgical facility. Again, the facility is determined by the details of the procedure, including the size and location of the defect.
Schedule Your Consultation in Denver Today
Dr. Thompson has dedicated himself to acquiring the skill and unique perspective to help patients achieve the best possible results. Dr. Thompson accepts most insurances and is happy to evaluate any patient with concerns about a skin lesion. Patients ready to schedule their initial consultation can call our Denver office at (303) 667-1474 to set up an appointment.