Skin Cancer in Huntersville, NC
Over 500,000 new cases of skin cancer are diagnosed every year, making it the most common type of cancer amongst Americans. Unfortunately, skin cancer is also on the rise. Skin cancer most often develops on areas that are exposed to sunlight, such as the neck, face and head, although the condition can develop anywhere on the body. If you believe that you have skin cancer or have been diagnosed with the condition, Dr. Briggs E. Cook, Jr., a board-certified Huntersville surgeon specializing in facial plastic surgery, offers patients in and around Charlotte with reconstructive skin cancer treatment.
What is Skin Cancer?
Like other types of cancer, skin cancer develops when mutant cells divide. These cells do not die like other cells, so they multiply at an alarming rate, destroying healthy tissue along the way. Fortunately for those who have skin cancer, the most common type — basal cell carcinoma — is also the least harmful, and grows at the slowest rate when compared to other types of skin cancer. Therefore, treatment is quite effective.
Other types of skin cancer that are found on the face include squamous cell carcinoma and malignant melanoma. Squamous cell carcinoma often spreads to other areas of the body, such as the internal organs and lymph nodes. Dr. Cook is seeing an increasing number of cases of malignant melanoma, the most life-threatening of skin cancers. This cancer may spread throughout the body, and may even be fatal.
Eyelid Skin Cancer
Skin cancer on the eyelids poses a particularly severe threat. Because skin cancer may grow into deeper tissues, eyelid skin cancer may ultimately affect the eyes, causing patients to have significantly reduced vision and even blindness.
What is Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Skin cancer reconstruction at Pure Facial Plastic Surgery is a surgical technique that simultaneously removes the cancerous cells and preserves the cosmetic appearance of the area. While the surgery may not completely restore the treatment area to its pre-cancerous condition, Dr. Cook uses the most advanced techniques to minimize the aesthetic changes when removing the cancerous tissue.
Benefits of Eyelid Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Many surgeons can remove eyelid skin cancer growths. Only experienced plastic and reconstructive surgeons will do so in a way that considers the aesthetic appearance of the area. Dr. Cook develops a surgical plan that removes the cancerous growth, minimizes scarring and, to the extent possible, preserves the natural contours and shape of the eyelid.
When Should I Have Surgery for Eyelid Skin Cancer?
If you have an unusual growth or dark spot on or around your eyelids or another part of your face, neck or head, you should see a physician. Proper diagnosis is critical when dealing with skin cancer, and early diagnosis gives you a better chance of minimizing the damage caused by the cancer.
What Should I Expect From Eyelid Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Because skin cancer of the eyelids is unique on each person, surgical plans are very individualized. The overall goal of eyelid skin cancer treatment is to remove the cancerous tissue and an adequate margin of healthy tissue. The reason that healthy tissue is included in the excision is to ensure that all cancerous cells have been removed. After the cancerous growth is removed, Dr. Cook works to re-shape the eyelid. Sutures are used to close the incisions.
You may have some mild symptoms after the surgery, such as bruising, tenderness, pain, and swelling. Dr. Cook will advise you about post-surgical care and recovery.
Does the Procedure Cure Eyelid Skin Cancer?
In most cases, skin cancer reconstruction, when performed by a qualified surgeon such as Dr. Cook, gives his patients a very good prognosis. We do recommend that you see your primary care physician and/or dermatologist regularly to monitor for any new signs of cancer.
How Much Does Eyelid Skin Cancer Reconstruction Cost?
Skin cancer reconstruction on the eyelids may be covered by your insurance. Please check coverage prior to the surgery. For your portion of the cost, we accept cash, personal checks, major credit cards and financing through Alphaeon™ Credit.
Do you have an unusual spot or growth on your head, face, eyelids or neck? Please contact Pure Facial Plastic Surgery in Huntersville, North Carolina today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cook for skin cancer treatment. We serve patients in and around Charlotte, as well.