Our patient, Pat has had numerous skin cancer all over her body for 32 years. She came to our office to remove three squamous cell carcinoma on her chin and jawline. Pat was very nervous about the removal of the skin cancer on these areas because she had multiple skin cancers in the same area previously which were were removed at the University of Miami. The current scar tissue was her main concern. This video was taken two weeks after the squamous cell carcinoma was removed. [Read more…]
Our patient, Marvin had reconstructive surgery after Mohs skin cancer on the side of his face. Recently he came back to the office for another Mohs skin cancer surgery on his nose. He shares in this testimonial how some other plastic surgeons commented on the good results with no scarring.
We have been sharing some testimonials from our patients recently to ease any anxiety you may have about this procedure. If you have any questions, please feel free to comment or contact us for any questions or concerns.
Pictures of skin cancer before and after Mohs surgery. You can see the results in the video after complete healing. [Read more…]
Below you can see some pictures of before and after skin cancer. This young woman in her 30’s came in for a check up after having Mohs skin cancer surgery a month ago on her forehead. She had squamous cell carcinoma. In our last video, we showed you Don’s testimonial for reconstructive surgery after Mohs in several areas of his face.
This patient’s surgery was much smaller with only six sutures, and luckily Dr. Mejia was able to spot another basal skin cancer on her nose which was also removed. As you can see in the before and after skin cancer pictures, she has no scarring.
A dysplastic nevi is an irregular mole. We all have many different types of moles in our body and many times dermatologists biopsy these moles that look a little bit abnormal and have a different shape or different configuration. Primarily we are looking for the rules of melanoma or the A, B, C, D’s:
- A: Mole is asymmetrical
- B: The borders are irregular
- C: The color is irregular.
- D: The diameter is usually greater than six millimeters or a mole that is evolving or changing. [Read more…]
Moles sometimes appear out of the blue and in this case, this patient wanted to get it checked to make sure that it is not a cancerous mole. Dr. Mejia inspects the mole by using a dermatascope, a magnification device which allows for close up view of moles. After inspection, he sees that it is a cutaneous horn which is an overgrowth of skin but sometimes can be underlying skin cancer, pre-cancer or a wart. The treatment for this is to do a biopsy and remove it. [Read more…]
The different skin cancer treatment options are:
- Mohs surgery – see description below.
- Radiation surgery involves going to the hospital on multiple visits to get radiation.
- Scraping or burning called electrodessication, curettage depending on the location of the skin cancer. This option has a tendency of producing a round whitish scar as opposed to a cosmetic line scar.
- Excision or removal of the skin cancer without Mohs surgery. With this option, there are wider margins, so there is a risk of leaving a larger scar and the potential risk of not getting it all out the first time and having to go back and repeat the procedure.
- In some cases, you can use topical immunotherapy with a medication called Imiquimod, or Aldara