Skin Cancer Surgery Specialist

Sunshine Medical Center LLC

Family Medicine and Aesthetics & Geriatrics located in Sarasota, FL

Finding new or changing skin growths or lesions on your body can cause uncertainty and lead to many questions. At Sunshine Medical Center LLC in Sarasota, Florida, Soordal Prakash, MD, and Shanthi Prakash, MD, perform skin cancer surgery to treat basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. They can also treat noncancerous growths like skin tags. To explore your options for skin cancer surgery, call Sunshine Medical Center LLC, or schedule an appointment online today.

Skin Cancer Surgery Q&A

What is skin cancer surgery?

Skin cancer surgery is a treatment to physically remove skin cancer from your skin’s surface. As long as the cancer is still benign and has not metastasized, skin cancer surgery can remove the cancerous cells and effectively treat cancer. 

Before you undergo skin cancer surgery, of course, the team at Sunshine Medical Center LLC performs tests to diagnose the skin cancer and assess its current stage. With testing, they can determine whether or not skin cancer surgery is an effective course of treatment or if you need further cancer treatments for later stages.

There are several different skin cancer surgery techniques. They include:

  • Cryosurgery (freezing)
  • Excision (cutting away the lesion with a margin of healthy skin around it)
  • Curettage and electrodesiccation (scraping cells before targeting with an electric needle)

Your provider at Sunshine Medical Center LLC discusses your options with you in-depth. They help you decide which skin cancer surgery technique is the best fit in your case. 

What can skin cancer surgery treat?

Skin cancer surgery can treat a variety of skin cancer types as well as other benign skin growths that aren’t cancerous. After your evaluation, you may receive a diagnosis of:

Basal cell carcinoma

Most often, basal cell carcinoma appears in areas that get a lot of sun. This includes your face and arms. It can be either flat against your skin and either flesh-colored or darker than your skin tone. 

Squamous cell carcinoma

Much like basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma tends to appear in sun-exposed areas. It may be firm and red or scab-like and scaly. 

Inflamed seborrheic keratosis

These lesions tend to be dark in color and wart-like, and they’re noncancerous. They’re a normal part of aging for many. 

Skin tags

Skin tags aren’t cancerous either. They often appear in areas where your skin rubs against itself, like your armpits, eyelids, or neck folds. They connect to your skin via a thin stalk. Tempting as it may be, you shouldn’t attempt to remove them on your own. 

Does skin cancer come back after skin cancer surgery?

Skin cancer surgery can be a highly effective treatment for skin cancers like basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, but skin cancer recurrence can still occur. After treatment, you should complete skin examinations yourself at least once a month. Visit Sunshine Medical Center LLC once a year for a thorough skin cancer check, too.

As usual, you should always report any new or changing lesions to the team at Sunshine Medical Center LLC and protect your skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet rays. 

To schedule your next skin cancer screening and find out if you need skin cancer surgery, call Sunshine Medical Center LLC, or book online today.

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