Skin Cancer and Lesion Removal in Detroit Metro Area
When you’ve developed a skin lesion or an existing lesion has developed an abnormal appearance, it’s important to see a doctor who can diagnose and treat it. While it’s not always possible to definitely determine if a skin lesion is cancerous or not, any lesion that has:
- Increased in size
- Changed color
- Unusual discharge
- Causes pain
- Chronic irritation because it’s in a spot where clothing or shaving makes contact it may need removal.
What Are the Different Types of Skin Lesions That May Need Removal?
There are different types of skin lesions that can develop anywhere on the face and body:
Benign lesions include:
- Dysplastic nevi (atypical mole)
- Skin tags
- Lipomas (soft tissue tumor)
- Angiomas (vascular tumor)
- Granulomas (localized inflammation)
- Keratoses (pre-malignant skin growth)
- Keratoacanthomas (skin tumor believed to originate from a hair follicle)
- Keloids (irregular tissue formed at the site of a scar or injury)
Malignant lesions include:
- Basal cell carcinomas
- Squamous cell carcinomas
What’s Needed for Skin Cancer Treatment Detroit Michigan?
When it’s time to have a cancerous or other lesion removed from the skin, a high qualified and reputable plastic surgeon is the best choice. Your plastic surgeon surgically removes all types of skin lesions using specialized techniques to protect your health as well as your appearance. While no surgery is completely without scars, your plastic surgeon makes every effort to treat your skin cancer or benign lesions without any dramatic changes to your appearance.
What Happens During a Lesion Removal or Skin Cancer Treatment Detroit?
The way your plastic surgeon will remove any malignant or non-malignant skin lesion will depend on the size, type and where it’s located. There may be a need to reconstruct your appearance after removal.
You’ll be given either a local anesthesia or general sedation.
A small and contained lesion may be removed by excising the lesion from the skin. Then, the area will be closed. If the lesion is cancerous, the surgeon ensures during removal not only the surface lesion is taken out, but any larger regions underneath the skin are also removed.
How Is Cancer Handled During Skin Cancer Treatment Detroit?
During surgery, if cancer is suspected, your plastic surgeon will also have a frozen section done. The cancerous lesion is removed and examined under a microscope by a pathologist, before the area is closed, making sure all cancer cells have been removed. If not, your surgeon will remove more tissues to ensure the entire area has no cancer cells.
Reconstruction for Lesions and Skin Cancer Treatment Detroit
Any lesions that are large, require frozen sections, or may cause disfigurement may require reconstruction with a local flap. Healthy tissue close to the area is repositioned over the wound. If this is a facial procedure, sutures are placed following the natural shapes and creases of the face to minimize the appearance of any scar.
Rather than a local flap, your plastic surgeon may decide to use a skin graft. A skin graft is a thin, small piece of skin taken from one part of the body and used to reconstruct the wound area.
Once your skin lesion or cancer is removed, and reconstruction done, dressings are applied to your incisions. Some faint scarring may remain, but usually fades over time. Every effort is made to restore your appearance as closely and naturally as possible.
What Can I Expect After a Skin Lesion Removal or Skin Cancer Treatment Detroit?
It’s important to follow your surgeon’s instructions regarding your recovery. In some cases, skin lesion or cancer removal surgery may cause soreness, redness, or the draining of small amounts of fluid in the area.
- Exactly follow all wound care instructions (keeping it clean, when and how to apply any topical medications.)
- Most people can return to light activities, your surgeon will advise you on specifics.
- Make sure your incision sites are kept clean and well protected from potential injury.
- Limit your movements by avoiding any movements that could stress your wound and your sutures.
Who Is a Qualified Doctor Who Performs Plastic Surgery Near Troy?
When you choose a member of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons and the American Board of Plastic Surgery, you’ll be confident your choice is a highly qualified, extensively trained and experienced plastic surgeon who has double-board certification.
Scheduling Your Procedure in Michigan
If you’re ready to discuss your skin lesion procedure with a double-board certified plastic surgeon, contact the offices of Dr. Trupiano in Troy, Michigan. We are located at 201 West Big Beaver Road, Suite 1130. Call (248) 220-3310, or send us an email using the online contact form. We look forward to talking with you soon, to discuss how we can help you with skin lesion removal, while preserving your natural appearance.