Over 3.3 million people are treated for skin cancer every year, and according to the Skin Cancer Foundation, over the past three decades, there have been more incidents of skin cancer than all other forms combined. However, when caught early enough, skin cancer patients have a high rate of survival. Melanoma, the most aggressive form of skin cancer, has a 98 percent survival rate after five years when detected in its early stages.
The key to early cancer detection is monitoring suspicious moles or lesions using the ABCDE method. You can learn more about how to identify possible skin cancer through the Skin Cancer Foundation. However, just because early detection can save your life, it doesn’t mean that developing skin cancer comes without its negative side effects.
Removing Cancerous Lesions from the Face
Skin cancer can develop all over the body, especially in areas that get the most sun exposure. Early stage treatments involve removing the cancerous material from the tissues. This can become the most problematic if your skin cancer is present on the face. The removal process typically involves the direct excision of cancerous tissue, which is often in large areas of the face that protrude deeply into your tissues.
Effects of Cancer Removal
- Large holes around the edges of the face
- Partial removal of the lips
- Significant excisions of tissue from the tip or edge of the nose
Reconstruction After Skin Cancer
How the cancer is removed impacts how the area is going to be reconstructed. Sensitive areas of the face, such as around the eyes, nose, and lips, can be treated using Mohs surgery. After the affected area is removed, the tissues need to be replaced to avoid leaving large, unsightly holes in your face. Skin or cartilage grafts are harvested from other regions of the head or areas of the body. The grafted tissue is then carefully attached to the damaged areas. It may be shaped or sculpted to blend naturally with your features.
Scarring After Reconstruction
In some cases, it can be impossible to avoid visible scarring. This ultimately depends on the type of reconstruction needed and the area in which the correction was performed. However, the scars often don’t significantly detract from your appearance as they can be covered with makeup if needed and are likely to fade over time.
For more information on skin cancer removal and reconstruction, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nosti by calling 913.262.5014 or contacting us online.