Skin Cancer near Fort Lauderdale, FL
Skin cancer is, unfortunately, very common in Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and Broward County. The disease can appear on any body part that is exposed to the sun. People often see skin cancer lesions or growths appear on their faces or necks. Plastic and reconstructive surgeons such as board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. David J. Levens frequently remove skin cancer growths, using a scalpel and taking care to reconstruct the area in a way that minimizes scarring.
What is Skin Cancer?
Like other types of cancer, skin cancer develops as the result of mutant skin cells. Depending on the type of skin cancer you have, the skin cancer can range from a cosmetic nuisance to life-threatening. Luckily, skin cancer of all degrees can be easily treated by Dr. Levens at his office in Coral Springs.
Benefits of Skin Cancer Removal
In most cases, skin cancer removal is primarily a cosmetic treatment, but for some men and women, removing skin cancer will prevent the cancer cells from spreading to surrounding tissues. The benefit of having your skin cancer removal performed by Dr. Levens, a board-certified plastic surgeon, is that he is attentive to performing the surgery in a manner that ensures a cosmetically-pleasing result, an approach that is not typically used by general surgeons.
Good Candidates for Skin Cancer Removal
Men and women of all ages can get skin cancers. People with fair skin, light hair and blue eyes are believed to have a greater risk. There are two types of skin cancer that are surgically removed here in Coral Springs:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Dr. Levens performs the surgical removal in a quick and minimally invasive manner. Malignant melanoma is more severe, and would require a different approach.
A doctor can identify dangerous changes in your skin, and a biopsy can confirm if growths or changes in your skin are cancer. You should have an annual checkup with a dermatologist to monitor your skin. You should also see a doctor if you have noticed any growths or changes in your skin.
What Happens During Skin Cancer Surgery?
Skin cancer surgery is typically an outpatient procedure performed under a local anesthetic or with minor sedation. Dr. Levens makes an incision and removes the cancerous tissue, modifying the approach depending on the size and location of the affected area. In some cases, the first layers of tissue are removed and then closely examined under a microscope. If cancerous cells are not found, more tissue is removed. This gradual process continues until no more cancerous tissue can be found.
After skin cancer removal, the doctor performs reconstruction of the wound. The wound may be closed with sutures. A graft or flap may be used, which is covered with a dressing and surgical tape.
Recovery from Skin Cancer Surgery
After skin cancer removal, you may experience some swelling and discomfort. Dr. Levens can prescribe medication to manage post-operative pain. A bandage is worn for about two weeks, and you’ll need to postpone some activities. If necessary, you may need to return to Dr. Levens’ office for follow-up appointments. Continue monitoring the treatment site and report any changes to a doctor. There is a risk that skin cancer can recur or appear in an adjacent area of the body.
You can reduce your skin cancer risk by protecting your skin from the sun. Use sun protection, wear hats and other protective clothing to cover your skin. After sun exposure, skin cancers can appear many years later. Taking action now can help reduce your risk.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Removal Cost?
Skin cancer removal is typically covered by your medical insurance. Our patient coordinator will help you determine your portion of the cost. The cost of skin cancer removal is based upon an individual treatment plan that Dr. Levens develops during your consultation. After the appointment, we provide you with a total cost and explain our payment options, including cash, personal check, Visa®, MasterCard® and American Express®. If you are interested in financing your reconstructive surgery for skin cancer removal, our patient coordinators will explain how to apply for CareCredit®, Alphaeon Credit, or Prosper® Healthcare Lending.
Learn More about Skin Cancer Removal
Dr. Levens will review every aspect of skin cancer removal with you during your complimentary consultation. Patient Coordinators Diana or Chris will discuss fees, financing plans, and scheduling, and answer any additional questions. There is absolutely no obligation to schedule a procedure. To arrange your consultation, please contact us today.
Dr. Levens has been providing skin cancer removal for patients in Coral Springs, Fort Lauderdale, and throughout Broward County since 1989.