Skin Cancer Surgery in West Palm Beach and Jupiter, FL
At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, we know that the thought of skin cancer is terrifying and can shake you to the core. We offer the newest techniques skin cancer surgery and stay fully informed of procedures and treatments to keep our patients healthy. If you live in West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Springs, Wellington, Lake Worth or any surrounding areas of South Florida, schedule an appointment with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons who are here to treat you with care, concern, and tenderness.
What is Skin Cancer?
There are three main types of skin cancer: squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, and melanoma. The best chance for a successful treatment is early detection. Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers and is most likely to affect the parts of the body that are exposed to the sun, although skin cancer could develop anywhere. Self-screening on a monthly basis is the best in early detection. It is important to look for the following:
- A mole or lesion on your skin that has changed in shape, size, or color
- A spot that bleeds and won’t heal
- A spot that have uneven coloring
- A spot with irregular or rough edges
What is Skin Cancer Surgery?
If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, one of the most common and effective ways to treat cancer is to have it surgically removed. At Plastic Surgery of Palm Beach, we encourage patients to have their skin treated by a plastic surgeon. The removal of the cancer, especially if it is on the face, could leave a lasting scar or noticeable marking. We have the skills and techniques to help keep you safe and also make sure that your appearance does not suffer.
What are the Benefits of Skin Cancer Surgery?
First and foremost, the benefit of skin cancer surgery is to remove the cancerous cells in order to stop the spread of cancer. Secondarily, it is beneficial to see one of our board-certified plastic surgeons because we can help to reduce the appearance of scars. Scars can leave a lasting mark on you both physically and emotionally, and we can help to restore any damaged skin, improve your skin’s texture, and allow you to heal from this experience without a constant reminder of it.
What is Frozen Section?
Frozen section is a treatment that is similar to Mohs surgery in that it will remove the area of concern. This procedure involves checking the borders of skin cancer at the time of the removal. We have a plastic surgeon who does the incision and reconstruction, and a board-certified pathologist who reads the slides in a mobile lab and makes sure they’re clear from cancer.
What Should I Expect After My Skin Cancer Surgery?
There is minimal downtime after skin cancer surgery. Depending on your situation, you may be able to return to work and daily activities two to three days after your surgery. Your incision will need time to heal, and you can expect to see improvements approximately three weeks to two months after your surgery.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Surgery Cost?
This is a procedure that is most likely covered by insurance, although it is important to discuss this with your physician during the consultation. All costs, either covered by insurance or out of pocket, will be disclosed to you at that time. The cost will depend on the specific treatment plan and the repair process. We do offer financing through CareCredit® and Alphaeon® Credit, if you have a need for additional assistance for any potential out-of-pocket costs.
Our board-certified plastic surgeons feel that informed patients make the best decisions regarding their procedures. We take great pride in ensuring safety and education regarding all our procedures, treatments and services. Contact us today if you live in or around West Palm Beach, Jupiter, Palm Springs, Wellington, or Lake Worth. We will make sure to carefully provide individualized treatment plans to make sure that our patients are fully informed about their options and surgical plan.