Skin Cancer and Skin Lesion Treatment

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Skin Cancer and Skin Lesion Treatment

A skin cancer diagnosis can be daunting. The thought of cancer treatments, surgical procedures, and leftover visible scars are all valid concerns. A plastic surgeon may not be your first thought for cancer treatment, but coming to a plastic surgeon means you will not only get careful removal and treatment of skin cancer or lesions, you will also get a doctor who takes special care to reduce the appearance of any scars after treatment. Particularly if the skin cancer occurs on the face, it is imperative that you seek an experienced surgeon from Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, NC for treatment and removal of skin cancer and skin lesions.

Procedure for Removal of Skin Cancer or Lesions

At Criswell & Criswell, we work closely with your dermatologist or primary care physician to ensure you receive the gold standard of care for your skin cancer or lesion diagnosis. Our surgeons work closely with many Mohs dermatologic surgeons. In some cases, our surgeons will remove the cancerous site and perform reconstruction on the same day. Depending on the diagnosis, your dermatologist may choose to work in conjunction with our board-certified surgeons to remove the cancer and perform reconstruction as a staged procedure for the best possible outcome.

  • Preparation. Depending on the severity and depth of the affected area, the doctor may recommend local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia to reduce pain during the procedure.
  • Surgery. Once the diagnosis is made, the doctor will remove the cancerous growth from the skin. If the lump is larger or more aggressive than originally identified, the doctor may take more cells and test them under a microscope and repeat the process until the cells come back non-cancerous. The time spent in surgery will be longer, but the chances of cancer remaining after surgery are reduced.
  • Reconstruction. If the cancer or lesion is small and contained, the small incision can be closed and minimal scarring will occur. At times the cancerous area requires removal of a large amount of skin or tissue, leaving the remaining area vulnerable for larger scars or disfigurement. The surrounding healthy tissue may be repositioned over the wound when large amounts of tissue have been removed. The surgeon will usually attempt to have any stitches follow the natural curves of the face or body to disguise the remaining scars from the incision.
  • Recovery. After surgery is complete, the surgeon will bandage the affected area and provide aftercare instructions. They will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the healing process.

Most side effects include discomfort , swelling, or bruising near the treatment area, and subside with time. While rare, serious side effects may include changes in skin sensitivity or sensation, recurrence of skin cancer, or infection. Stay out of direct sun during the healing process, and monitor your skin for any other signs of cancer.

Treatment for Skin Cancer in Charlotte, NC

Having cancer is difficult, but skin cancer or lesions can be treated by a plastic surgeon who will also take great care to minimize the appearance of scarring on your face or body. The professionals at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery in Charlotte, NC treat each patient with the highest level of service and attention to detail. They are highly regarded in the Charlotte area for producing natural results and for providing warm, personalized care. Schedule a consultation with our office today to find out how we can help with your skin cancer treatment.


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Practice Policy Update Regarding COVID-19

Your health, safety, and wellbeing is our top priority.

Our office is open, and we are excited to be providing you with select services! Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is leading the way in Charlotte and the South East region with our cutting edge technology, and continued safety measures We appreciate the trust you place in us and wish to assure you we are addressing the COVID-19 outbreak at the highest level to continue to ensure you enjoy an exceptional experience.

Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery is committed to taking proactive precautions, grounded in science, to provide the highest level of quality care to our patients. In addition to our already stringent policies, our office has implemented strict protocols and procedures based on the recommendations of The American Society of Plastic Surgery, the American College of Surgeons, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Service Task Force, and the CDC. All staff members and surgical patients have tested negative for COVID-19 meaning our Quad A certified surgical suite is among the safest centers in the region.

We strive to consistently provide you with cutting edge technology for an exceptional patient experience. Our practice offers virtual consultations which you can enjoy in the comfort of your own home. Our virtual consultation process ensures you have ample time to have your questions answered and spend time getting to know your physician. You can also enjoy full access to your skincare specialist, nurses, and Patient Coordinators through virtual visits.

We know everyone is very busy and your time is valuable. Our in-person visits are designed with you in mind to keep your wait times short, and your in-room time effective and focused on your goals so we can get you back to your life.

We are privileged to serve you at Criswell & Criswell Plastic Surgery and are here to support you during these uncertain times.

Sincerely and with warm regards,

Bryan K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.
Kara K. Criswell M.D., F.A.C.S.

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