There are several surgical techniques used to remove skin cancer, moles, and other growths. Dr. Jonith Breadon is board certified by the American College of Emergency Medicine as well as the American Board of Dermatology, and has extensive surgical experience, including advanced laser surgery.
Cancer or mole removal surgery is done on an outpatient basis, with minimal recovery time. Aftercare is typically rather simple. You will need to keep the area clean and dry, possibly applying salve or changing a bandage. The specific post-operative instructions will vary depending on the type and size of the procedure, and other factors.
Dr. Breadon performs surgery on most moles and skin cancers. Extensive cases may be referred to a surgeon specializing in Mohs Micrographic Surgery; we work with several of the best in the Chicago area. Squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers are the types of skin cancers most commonly referred to a Mohs specialist. Melanomas are examined and measured. If they are deep, there is a risk that the cancer may have spread to the lymph nodes. In that case, you would be referred to a surgical oncologist for further evaluation.
Certain types of cancer can recur long after successful treatment. Additionally, if you have had one skin cancer, your risk of developing another increases. Dr. Breadon sees skin cancer patients more frequently following treatment. Typically, appointments are scheduled every four to six months, so that she can monitor your progress and check for new problems.
An important element of prevention and treatment is patient education. Dr. Breadon discusses sun-safe practices, as well as hereditary or lifestyle factors that may increase your risk for certain cancers. Good skin care, including proper sun protection is essential for keeping your skin healthy, beautiful, and youthful – it might also be lifesaving.
Any mole that changes in appearance or has abnormal coloring, shape, or size should be checked for cancer. Additionally, any mole that is unsightly and embarrassing can be removed for esthetic reasons. Call (855) 400 3818 and schedule a consultation to learn more about your risks and treatment options.