Skin Cancer Removal in Los Angeles, CA
As the most prevalent form of cancer in the country, skin cancer often goes undetected until it is too late and drastic measures must be taken. Kian Karimi, MD, FACS, and Chester Griffiths, MD, FACS, double-board certified plastic surgeons, perform procedures for skin cancer removal on people living in and around Los Angeles, Beverly Hills and Brentwood, CA when suspicious areas have been confirmed as skin cancer.
What Is Skin Cancer Removal?
Skin cancer removal is a generic term for excising marks from areas on the body that have been confirmed as skin cancer. The type of skin cancer removal performed depends on the type and degree of skin cancer present.
Skin cancer may appear on any part or area of the body but is most often seen on areas that receive extensive amounts of sun exposure. Additionally, it may be present in the UV radiation from tanning beds. In the US, about 90 percent of non-melanoma skin cancers are sun-related. It is imperative to catch it early before it turns into something deadly.
Skin cancer is often identified when a new growth or mole appears on the body or one already there begins to change shape or color. The way they look often indicates the type of cancer. That’s why it’s important to notice the following warning signs:
- A: Asymmetry – A mole looks different on each side
- B: Borders – The borders of the spot are irregular
- C: Color – The mole has several shades or colors on it
- D: Diameter – The mole or freckle is bigger than the size of a pencil eraser
- E: Evolving – The mole changes shape or color
Benefits of Skin Cancer Removal
It is important to have regular full-body checks for skin cancer from your plastic surgeon or dermatologist, as early detection and removal can prevent most skin cancers from forming or getting worse. Other benefits of skin cancer removal include:
- Prevents spreading to other parts of the body
- Higher survival rate when caught early
- May prevent other treatments from taking place
- More easily removed when caught early
What Should I Expect from Skin Cancer Removal?
The type of procedure performed depends on the type of skin cancer being treated. It is based on the penetration of the lesion, its location and if surrounding areas are involved. If the mark involves only the surface of the skin, a simple procedure using a scalpel to remove it is done. If it is a more invasive or serious form of skin cancer, it may involve a more invasive surgery with reconstruction to remove it. Skin cancer that penetrates below the skin’s surface involves a more invasive surgery that extends past the visible borders. This type is typically done with Mohs surgery and encompasses removing layers of the skin one at a time until no cancer is found.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Skin Cancer Removal?
Skin cancer removal varies in terms of the time to perform the procedure. It may take less than an hour if it is a simple removal of a mole or it can take several hours if Mohs surgery is performed.
What to Expect After Skin Cancer Removal
The recovery from skin cancer removal is based on the type of procedure performed. With quick mole removals, care must be taken to keep the area cleaned to avoid infection. Depending on the location of the mole or mark, you may be asked to take it easy for a few days until the area starts to heal. The area where the excision takes place is often sore and may appear red or swollen for a few days.
With more invasive procedures, the recovery is longer and often requires some downtime or limitations depending on the location of the cancer removal. For the first week, you may be asked to rest and avoid any activities until sutures are often removed.
When Will I See the Results?
Marked improvement may not be visible for several weeks following the procedure. If the removal is serious or involves a more extensive surgery, the next step may be skin cancer reconstruction.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Removal Cost?
The cost of skin cancer removal varies based on the type of skin cancer, the extent of the procedure and whether other subsequent procedures are required. During your consultation, we can discuss the costs with you as well as our payment and financing options. We accept cash, checks, and credit cards, and offer financing through CareCredit®. Since skin cancer removal is considered medically necessary, most health insurance plans offer coverage for skin cancer removal. We can help you determine the coverage provided by your health insurance plan.
Rejuva Medical Aesthetics is passionately committed to reflecting your inner beauty. Using the latest and most advanced procedures for cosmetic and reconstructive surgery, our team offers full body plastic surgery, emphasizing overall health and wellness to the residents in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, Brentwood and the surrounding communities in California. Contact us now!