Safe, Healthy Skin

As the largest organ of the body and principal line of defense, our skin protects us from the elements and wards off disease. Although the skin has an incredibly effective internal system, without the proper protection, overexposure to the sun’s UV rays can make the skin vulnerable to skin cancer. At MG Plastic Surgery in Scottsdale, AZ, we make sure that your skin is safe and healthy.

What Is Skin Cancer Removal?

If your skin is diagnosed with a potentially harmful cancerous lesion, surgical removal will be necessary to restore your skin to its optimal health. At MG Plastic Surgery, we employ the safest techniques to ensure that the cancer is completely removed, the wound is properly cared for, and the scarring is minimized and concealed.

How Is Skin Cancer Identified?

Regular skin exams can help your physician identify abnormal moles, spots, or other growths that could be at risk. If you notice any of the following “ABCDEs” – or potential signs of skin cancer – you will want to inform Dr. Gigena immediately. 

  • Asymmetry: One side looks different from the other – a healthy mole is symmetrical
  • Border: Blurry, jagged, or irregularly shaped edges
  • Color: Different colors or shades in one mole, such as red, tan, black, brown, white, or blue
  • Diameter: Larger diameter than the size of a pencil eraser
  • Evolving: Size, color, or shape changes over time and looks different from other moles on the body
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How Is the Procedure Performed?

Suspicious skin lesions may require a biopsy to determine if they are pre-cancerous or cancerous. For lesions that are proven to be cancerous, surgery may be the indicated treatment option, and the exact procedure will depend on the tumor's size, type, depth, and location. More advanced skin cancers may require additional treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation therapy.

Excision Surgery 

Direct surgical excision is often the optimal choice for a small lesion located on an area that is not cosmetically sensitive – such as the back. This procedure can be performed using local anesthesia in most cases. While removing the cancerous lesion, a thin margin of healthy surrounding skin is added to the specimen to ensure its total removal. Dr. Gigena will then close the resulting wound with sutures.

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Why Choose a Plastic Surgeon for Skin Cancer Removal?

A skin cancer diagnosis can be a troubling experience, and removing cancerous lesions can potentially cause scarring or disfigurement. A qualified plastic surgeon uses specialized techniques to remove cancerous lesions while minimizing cosmetic damage to the skin’s surface. A plastic surgeon has the skill and artistic sensibility to preserve your health without dramatically altering your appearance.

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Meet Your Doctor

Skin cancer removal is a delicate procedure requiring great precision and thoroughness. An accomplished double-board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Manuel Gigena has extensive expertise in assessing the skin and customizing a plan to restore the health of the skin. Not only will he ensure that your skin is cancer-free, but he will also do so with the utmost compassion and care, with detailed consideration of the cosmetic outcome in his comfortable and welcoming Scottsdale office.

Live Cancer-Free

Skin cancer removal by a qualified professional can help restore your peace of mind. In cases of visible scarring or where skin cancer removal has left behind a substantial wound, your physician can use various reconstructive surgical techniques to restore a smooth and natural appearance to the treated area. 

Dr. Gigena will discuss the options available and customize a treatment plan to ensure you are cancer-free with minimal harm to your skin. If you are looking for compassionate care and exemplary results, MG Plastic Surgery will provide you with a quality cancer removal experience.

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