Skin cancers (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma) are the most common of all cancers. Accounting about 80% of all cancers diagnosis. This can have an impressive impact on patients' lives. Common aesthetic area of concern for patients undergoing skin cancer excision is the face.
Facial reconstructive surgery aims to restore the normal and symmetric appearance of the details of the face. Skin cancer treatments are life-saving, but they may leave scars or disfigure patients. Restoring facial harmony demands the unique skills of a plastic surgeon. Bringing together reconstructive and aesthetic aspects of plastic surgical techniques can minimize the impact of skin cancer treatment.
Types of Skin Cancer
Malignant melanomas account for approximately 5% of skin cancer diagnosis. These can be serious and very aggressive.
Squamous cell cancers (15% of skin cancers) can metastasize and spread to distant sites and therefore must also be considered more seriously.
Basal cell cancers (80% of skin cancers), typically do not spread to distant sites and tend to be slow growing. Basal cell carcinomas will extend into adjacent tissues (by direct invasion) and therefore CAN be very destructive. If ignored, they can lead to the loss of important tissues, and could conceivably eventually lead to death.