Skin Cancer Removal Surgery
Skin Cancer Removal Surgery in Cyprus, Greece and Malta
Exposure to the sun and genetics make the skin 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. The surgical removal of suspicious skin lesions can save patients’ lives.
What Is Skin Cancer Removal Surgery?
Cancer diagnosis usually requires surgery to remove the skin tumor or the precancerous skin lesions before they grow further and 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.
Local flaps, skin grafts and other techniques are used to restore a natural look and minimize scarring.
How Is Skin Cancer Removed?
There are two ways to remove skin cancer:
Classic Cancer Removal 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 Cancer Removal Surgery
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.
Where Will Skin Removal Take Place?
Dr. Stavrou performs skin cancer removal 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.
Recovery After Skin Cancer Removal
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.
The treated area’s 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.
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FAQs for Skin Cancer Removal
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.