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Facial Skin Cancer Treatment in Cyprus, Greece and Malta

Exposure to the sun and genetics make the skin on the human face prone to develop an abnormal growth of skin cells, known as skin cancer.

People diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma (BCC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) or the most serious form of skin cancer, melanoma, undergo surgery to remove the cancerous growth. After that, the face is reconstructed to restore a natural look and minimize scarring or disfigurement.

What Is Facial Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery?

Cancer diagnosis on the face may require surgery to remove the skin tumor or the precancerous facial skin lesions before they grow further or put the patient’s life in danger.

The surgeon also removes a portion of the healthy skin around the tumor or skin lesions in order to remove potential cancer cells spread in the area. Extensive surgical resection is necessary, especially in the case of advanced skin cancer, and typically precedes radiation or chemotherapy.

The challenge posed by skin cancer removal surgery on the face is the subsequent impact on facial appearance, such as visible scars or disfigurement.

Experienced facial plastic and reconstructive surgeons are trained to reconstruct skin cancer removal defects with meticulous attention in preserving facial aesthetics and function.

Local flaps, skin grafts and other techniques are used to restore a natural look and minimize scarring.

Benefits Of Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Facial skin cancer removal can have a lasting impact on the face’s appearance, posing additional worries on patients and further impacting their psychological condition.

The benefits of skin cancer reconstruction after cancer removal include:

  • Improves the look of the treatment area
  • Repairs skin damage
  • Minimizes visible scarring
  • Restores a normal, unblemished look
  • Restores integrity of skin

How Does Skin Cancer Reconstruction Work?

Skin cancer reconstructive surgery can be performed simultaneously with skin cancer removal surgery or at a later stage.

  • Immediate Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Immediate reconstructive surgery takes place together with the skin cancer removal procedure simultaneously. Your reconstructive plastic surgeon will decide if you are a good candidate for immediate reconstruction based on your diagnosis and overall treatment plan.

  • Delayed Reconstruction

In some cases, patients have to delay reconstructive cancer surgery until they have had time to recover and have received skin cancer treatment, including radiation and/or chemotherapy.

There are two common ways to reconstruct the skin on the face after skin cancer removal:

  • Local Flap Technique

The surgeon cuts a flap from the skin next to the affected area, shifts it over the excised area, and attaches it in place. Local flap reconstructive technique suits facial skin with natural creases, so that these are used to conceal scars.

  • Skin Graft

The skin graft technique is used in more complticated cases. The surgeon takes skin graft from other body areas, which are easily concealable, and uses it to cover the surgical site. The donor skin is sutured with the skin edges on the excision site.


30 minutes

Anaesthesia Used

Local Anesthesia

Hospital Stay

Day Surgery

Pre Admission Tests

Blood Tests


1-2 weeks


Next Day


1-2 weeks

Final Result

1 month

Recovery After Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Skin cancer removal and reconstruction surgery requires local anesthesia with or without sedation.

Recovery depends on the extent and complexity of the surgical site. Most patients can return to everyday activities from the first day after the surgery and fully recover within a week.

Facial appearance improves gradually within 6-8 weeks. Your reconstructive surgeon might suggest small corrections of skin scars at a later stage.

Skincare and sun protection are necessary during the healing period.

What our patients say!

Rhinoplasty. Dr. Stavrou did an excellent job with my nose, the results are incredible, as good as the ones he has posted on his social pages. I had no pain after the surgery, no complications, everything went smoothly. The recovery was very fast, like 3 weeks. Dr. Stavrou was very kind and professional, I felt very comfortable with him and his team. I trusted him since the first meeting. I highly recommend him to everyone.
Natalie Arsalide
Natalie Arsalide
April 18, 2022.
Dr.Stavrou goes above and beyond to be helpful throughout the whole experience. Overall I am very happy with my results as it is everything I envisioned and more.
Roberta Mifsud
Roberta Mifsud
March 24, 2022.
Edit: I thought I'd add to my review after 1+ year post operation! I got my nose done by Dr Stavrou 27 months ago. The results are beyond excellent and I couldn't ask for better service from the doctor and the team! For anyone who's wondering, almost all of the swelling and bruising was gone after 2 weeks and my nose currently looks like it did about a month after the operation. I highly recommend him!! Old review: Today is the 10th day after my rhinoplasty with Dr Stavrou. Dr Stavrou operated on me following a functional rhinoplasty performed by my otolaryngologist. It was a painless experience and the results have exceeded my expectations! It hasn't affected my daily activities apart from the fact that I was not allowed to work out excessively. The swelling and bruising has almost disappeared completely. The results are excellent and I finally have a nose that complements my face. Not to mention the entire team was very helpful! Thank you so much Dr Stavrou!
Christina Kakoulli
Christina Kakoulli
March 4, 2022.
Ήθελα εδώ και χρόνια να κάνω μείωση στήθους και η αλήθεια δεν το τολμούσα. Είχα ακούσει τα καλύτερα λόγια για τον Δρ. Δημήτρη Σταύρου και το αποφάσισα. Είναι ένας εξαιρετικός γιατρός αφοσιωμένος στην δουλειά του και με επαγγελματισμό σου δίνει το καλύτερο αποτέλεσμα. Για μένα το αποτέλεσμα είναι ένα μικρό θαύμα νιώθω υπέροχα! Γιατρέ σ' ευχαριστώ πολύ για το άψογο αποτέλεσμα. Εύχομαι καλή συνέχεια και με την καταπληκτική σου δουλειά να κάνεις χαρούμενους ανθρώπους.
Demetra Demetriou
Demetra Demetriou
February 7, 2022.
After years of not feeling so confident , due to my breast size I met Dr. Stavrou and from my first consultation I knew he was the right doctor for my procedure. Totally calm and assertive , he guided me to the correct choice, resulting in a perfect outcome making me feel not only extremely confident now but also natural ! I highly recommend him to any women who is facing similar issues. Dr Stavrou thank you once again !!
Tekla Madar
Tekla Madar
January 23, 2022.
Η περίπτωση μου ήταν λιγότερο συχνή και διαφορετική από αυτές που ακούμε στην καθημερινότητά μας. Μεγάλες αυξομειώσεις βάρους (40-50 κιλά) μετά από δύο βαριατρικές επεμβάσεις για αντιμετώπιση της νοσογόνου παχυσαρκίας, με αποτέλεσμα την υπερβολική χαλάρωση του δέρματος σε πολλά σημεία του σώματος. Είχα την τύχη να ακούσω για το Δρ. Σταύρου από φιλικά άτομα, και όταν αποφάσισα να επισκεφτώ πλαστικό χειρούργο ήταν ο πρώτος που πήγα και εκεί άκουσα και έμαθα για το body contouring. Ακολούθησαν πολλά ραντεβού, άπειρες ερωτήσεις, απορίες και φόβος από την πλευρά μου. Όλες οι απαντήσεις του Δρ. Σταύρου άμεσες και ειλικρινείς, ακόμα και αυτές που δε μιλούσαν για βελτίωση όπως ήθελα να ακούσω! Καμιά απάντηση δε δόθηκε απλά για να μου «χαϊδέψει» τα αυτιά. Ο ίδιος με παρότρυνε να επισκεφτώ και άλλους πλαστικούς για να ακούσω και άλλες γνώμες. Τελικά, ήταν ο μόνος που με έπεισε, ο μόνος που μπορούσε να καθησυχάσει το φόβο, το άγχος και την αγωνία μου και ο μόνος που είχε απάντηση σε ότι τον ρωτούσα και έτσι ακολούθησα το ένστικτό μου και επέλεξα τον Δρ. Σταύρου για να προχωρήσουμε μαζί σε όλο αυτό που αποφάσισα να κάνω. Ήξερα από την αρχή ότι τα χειρουργεία θα ήταν πολύωρα και αυτό με φόβιζε περισσότερο αλλά ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που με την ηρεμία του με καθησύχαζε. Σε περίοδο έξι μηνών υποβλήθηκα σε δύο πολύωρα χειρουργεία. Η μετεγχειρητική μου πορεία και στις δύο επεμβάσεις ήταν η καλύτερη δυνατή και η ανάρρωση πολύ πιο εύκολη από όσο περίμενα και από όσο προετοιμάστηκα ψυχολογικά να αντέξω. Όλα όσα μου είπε ο Δρ. Σταύρου για τη μετεγχειρητική πορεία, τον πόνο και την ταλαιπωρία, δεν ειπώθηκαν απλά για να με «παρηγορήσουν» να μη φοβάμαι και να μην ανησυχώ. Ήταν όλα ειλικρινή και αντικειμενικά. Όπως ακριβώς μου τα περιέγραψε, έτσι ακριβώς έγιναν. Ακόμα και στα θέματα που αφορούσαν τη ψυχολογία μου ο γιατρός ήταν εκείνος που ήρεμος, μετρημένος και χαμογελαστός με καθησύχαζε. Γιατί όταν ένα άτομο μπαίνει στη διαδικασία να αρχίσει κάτι τόσο σημαντικό, δε μετράει μόνο το να είσαι άψογος σαν επαγγελματίας απέναντί του, αλλά και το να γνωρίζεις τη ψυχολογία του ασθενή σου ανάλογα με την κάθε περίπτωση και ο Δρ. Σταύρου κατέχει την πρώτη θέση και στα δύο!! Αισθάνομαι τυχερή που επέλεξα να εμπιστευτώ στα χέρια του γιατρού Δρ. Σταύρου την αποκατάσταση του σώματός μου και που ο φόβος δεν με απέτρεψε από το να αποφασίσω να κάνω όλα όσα η περίπτωσή μου απαιτούσε, ώστε να έχω το καλύτερο δυνατό αποτέλεσμα. Θα ήταν άδικο αν ο φόβος και η ανησυχία για τα πολύωρα χειρουργεία, τον πόνο και την ανάρρωση δε με άφηναν να έχω κάτι καλύτερο. Γιατρέ μου σε ευχαριστώ για όλα! Συνέχισε το λειτούργημα που κάνεις με τον ίδιο ακριβώς τρόπο που το κάνεις γιατί είναι σπάνια και μεγάλη αρετή να έχεις την ικανότητα και τη δύναμη να χαρίζεις τόσα πολλά χαμόγελα στους ανθρώπους!
Chryso Κ
Chryso Κ
January 22, 2022.
I empiria mou me tin epemvasi rinoplastikis itan arketa apotelesma mou einai ekseretiko aksizi ton kopo!! o giatros mu poli kalos kai eksipiretiko olo to prosopiko! Den ixa kanena idietero pono oute taleporia mono 2-3 meres imun pio prosektiki meta itan ola mia xara, stin evdomada ekana oles tis kathimerines drastiriotites pu ekana kai prin..aksizi ton kopo kai me to parapano tha to ksanakana!!🙂
eleni tirimou
eleni tirimou
January 21, 2022.

Where Will Facial Skin Cancer Treatment Take Place?

Dr. Stavrou performs facial skin cancer removal and reconstruction surgery in accredited medical centers in Cyprus (Nicosia and Limassol), Greece (Athens) and Malta (Sliema).

The procedure takes place in a safe and sterile operation room. The surgeon uses the most advanced medical equipment for skin cancer treatment. The staff involved is thoroughly trained and specialized in reconstructive procedures. Dr. Stavrou wants to ensure a safe, well-controlled and comfortable surgical experience for all of his patients.

After the procedure, the patient is transferred to the recovery suite and is closely monitored by the medical staff.

The European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) offers exceptional health care and meets the high standards of safety and care set by European laws. EIPS clinics provide individualized health care in an exclusive and luxurious environment.

Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Meet Dr. Demetris Stavrou

Dr. Stavrou is a board-certified Plastic Surgeon leading the European Institute of Plastic Surgery since 2012. He was trained in top Medical Institutions in Greece, London, Melbourne and Israel. He has extensive experience in all types of plastic surgery and an artistic eye. He is compassionate and always by the side of his patients to make them feel comfortable, secure and confident. For Dr. Stavrou, paying attention to the details is what makes the difference in cosmetic procedures.

FAQs for Facial Skin Cancer Treatment

How is skin cancer removed?

There are two ways to remove skin cancer from the face: classic cancer removal surgery and Mohs surgery.

In classic surgery, the surgeon removes the skin tumor or skin lesions that are visible, and a part of the healthy surrounding tissue. That happens because cancer cells might have also spread in the area around the visible tumor. The removed skin is sent to the lab for tissue processing and the results are available after at least 15 days.

Mohs micrographic surgery requires special surgical training. The surgeon removes a thin layer of the skin that includes the tumor and then examines the extracted sample under a microscope. If they find cancer cells in the sample, they remove another skin layer and check it. This process is repeated until the skin samples are free of cancerous cells. The goal of Mohs surgery is to save as much unaffected skin as possible around the tumor.

How long does it take for a skin cancer removal to heal?

The healing time following skin cancer removal surgery depends on the technique used.

Less extensive wounds might take from one to three weeks to heal. However if the surgeon removed a large area of skin and used a skin graft on the surgical site, recovery will last longer.

Is skin cancer removal painful?

Patients do not feel any pain during the skin cancer removal surgery as they have received local anesthesia with or without sedation.

A feeling of discomfort is natural after the surgery, but it can be fully controlled with pain medication prescribed by your doctor.

Is facial skin cancer surgery dangerous?

Facial skin cancer treatment is critical for removing the cancerous cells from the face before they multiply and put the patient’s life at risk.

It is a safe surgery only when performed by a skilled, experienced and board-certified reconstructive plastic surgeon.

As with any surgical procedure, cancer removal surgery carries the risk of excessive bleeding, infection, changes in skin sensation, temporary or permanent numbness around the surgical area, itching, extended scarring or the possibility of revision surgery in the future.

If you have any questions and concerns about facial skin cancer removal and reconstruction procedure, reach out today to the accredited European Institute of Plastic Surgery (EIPS) and Dr. Stavrou at +357 9787 3787, +357 700 88 002 or +30 6971 881 572.

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