Skin Cancer Treatment in Richmond, VA
There are an estimated 500,000 new cases of skin cancer diagnosed every year, making it the most common type of cancer amongst men and women. If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, entrust your care to our board-certified plastic surgeons. Richmond Plastic Surgeons offers skin cancer treatment for the residents of Richmond, Midlothian and surrounding areas of Virginia.
What is Skin Cancer?
Skin cancer is on the rise. The condition can develop on any part of your body, but most cases involve skin cancer on the neck, face, and head, areas that are routinely exposed to sunlight. Understanding your treatment options helps you make an informed decision about your skin cancer treatment.
Benefits of Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer is a general term that describes several types of growths that develop on the skin. These growths can be harmless or life threatening. Skin cancer treatment at Richmond Plastic Surgeons helps you understand the type of cancer, how to effectively and safely treat it and how to prevent future recurrences.
Who is the Ideal Candidate for Skin Cancer Treatment?
Anyone can develop skin cancer, but some people are at higher risk.
- Family history of skin cancer
- Experience with a sunburn that produces blisters
- History of radiation treatments for acne
- Having freckles and fair skin
- Living close to the equator, at high altitude or in a location that has year-round, intense sunlight
- Having light-colored eyes and hair
- Spending a large amount of time outdoors or in other environments with ultraviolet radiation
- Having a significant number of moles
- Having moles that have an unusual size and shape
What Do I Need to Do Before Having Skin Cancer Treatment?
The first step in having skin cancer treatment is to meet with one of our board-certified plastic surgeons to find out more about the skin cancer or growth.
- Basal cell carcinoma is the most common and least dangerous type of skin cancer. The lesions grow slowly and typically stay within the original boundary. Basal cell carcinoma is not life threatening, but the cancer can grow downward through the skin into the muscles, bone and other tissues.
- Squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type of skin cancer. It most often develops on the ears, lips, and face. This type of cancer can spread to other parts of your body, such as internal organs and lymph nodes. Left untreated, squamous cell carcinoma is life threatening.
- Malignant melanoma is the least common, but we are seeing an increase in cases each year. This is the most dangerous type of skin cancer. Early detection is key for the best long-term outcomes. If left untreated or treated too late, the cancer can spread throughout the body and be deadly.
In addition to skin cancer, your growth or skin irregularity may be a mole or keratoses. Neither of these require treatment. Moles can be removed for cosmetic reasons. Solar keratoses may develop into squamous cell cancer.
Because skin growths and irregularities represent a wide range of diagnoses, a good first step in treatment is to schedule a consultation at Richmond Plastic Surgeons.
What Should I Expect on The Day of the Skin Cancer Treatment?
- Surgical removal will be discussed with you by your surgeon.
- Most skin-cancer surgery is done as an outpatient, without an overnight stay.
- Reconstruction may involve skin flaps or skin grafts. Your surgeon will discuss the best options for you.
- Additional cancer treatment may be necessary in some cases.
How Long Does It Take to Perform Skin Cancer Treatment?
Simple skin cancer treatment via surgery can be performed in less than one hour.
What to Expect After Skin Cancer Treatment
You will have a sutured wound after your skin cancer surgery. We will explain how to best take care of the wound. Our medical staff will also provide detailed instructions on how to protect yourself from developing skin cancer in the future.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Skin Cancer Treatment?
You will have a scar after your surgery for skin cancer treatment. The scar starts as a red line of skin. Over the course of a year, the scar will turn brown and fade, but never disappear completely.
When Will I See the Results?
You will see results of your skin cancer treatment immediately after the surgery.
What Are Possible Complications of Skin Cancer Treatment?
With the more serious types of skin cancer, the risks include not removing all the cancerous cells. You are also at increased risk for developing new skin cancer after your first occurrence.
How Long Will the Results of Skin Cancer Treatment Last?
By protecting yourself from harmful sunlight and other sources of ultraviolet radiation, your skin can be cancer-free for the rest of your life.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Treatment Cost in Richmond?
Insurance usually covers the cost of your skin cancer treatment. After your consultation, we explain your out-of-pocket costs. For your convenience, Richmond Plastic Surgeons accepts several forms and payment, and financing is available through CareCredit®.
Early treatment is important in cases of skin cancer. If you suspect that you have skin cancer, contact us today to schedule your personal consultation. Our board-certified plastic surgeons specialize in skin cancer treatment, and we are here to provide the support you need.