The types of skin cancer that most frequently consult us are: basal cell epithelioma, spinocellular epithelioma and malignant melanoma.
Although skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, very often the reason for consultation is a tumor that appears on the face: forehead, nose, cheeks, lips, chin, ears or scalp.
The patient asks for a day and time to visit. During the visit, I value the lesion according to its characteristics: shape, size, situation and how important it is to know how long it has been and how it has evolved (color change, bleeding and growth rate).. With all these data the diagnosis is established, which allows to indicate a treatment proposal.
Most of these lesions require a surgical treatment of excision or excision of the tumor. If the case requires it, during the surgery, I perform the reconstruction of the affected area to recover the shape and contour.
To carry out the surgery I propose three types of anesthesia:
- Local anesthesia. After the surgery, the patient returns to his home.
- Local anesthesia plus sedation. After the surgery the patient will stay an hour in observation after which he can return to his home.
- General anesthesia. The patient will be admitted to the clinic from 8 to 24 hours until his recovery.
We perform the analysis or histological study of the excised lesion. The result of the analysis will give us the diagnosis of the injury and it will specify that we have proceeded to its total extirpation. If the opinion is that the lesion still persists, a new margin expansion surgery should be performed and the corresponding analysis should be carried out to confirm the total removal of the lesion.
After 7-10 days the sutures are removed and I indicate the controls to follow.