Did you know skin cancer is Australia's most common type of cancer? Skin cancers account for about 80% of newly diagnosed cancers in Australia, with 90-95% of all cases caused by sun exposure. Surgical removal of skin cancer is typically the recommended first line of treatment for skin cancer because it holds the best chance of cure.
If you do need to undergo skin cancer surgery, it is important to choose an experienced surgeon to ensure all the cancerous cells are removed while preserving your appearance. Dr Turner is experienced in treating all forms of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma.
Reasons to get Skin Cancer Plastic Surgery
A skin cancer prognosis can be a frightening experience. Dr Turner understands that this may be difficult for any patient and will support you along the way.
The three most common types of skin cancer diagnosed in South Australia are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. All these skin cancers start as small skin growths, and early detection and removal are your best defence.
Dr Turner is experienced in all kinds of skin cancer surgery, including melanoma removal. She will ensure that the correct procedure is performed to achieve the best aesthetic and health results for you.
Skin Cancer Surgery Procedure
Before undergoing skin cancer surgery, you will have a pre-surgical assessment with Dr Alex Turner. She will assess your condition, take you through her recommended approach and prepare your treatment plan. She will also discuss the procedure in depth with you, including the risks and possible complications.
Most skin cancer removal involves a simple excision finished with stitches. However, in cases where the skin cancer is larger, a skin graft or flap may be required to close the surgical site. The first priority in skin cancer surgery is ensuring all the cancerous cells are removed, but Dr Turner will make every effort to minimise post-operative scarring and maintain your appearance.
Most skin cancer removal procedures are performed under a local anaesthetic as day surgery. When necessary, or preferred, sedation) can be used.
What to expect after skin cancer removal surgery
Recovery from skin cancer removal surgery is generally straightforward. You will most likely go home straight after the procedure and be able to resume your normal activities the following day.
It is normal to have some localised pain or swelling at the site of the cancer removal for a day or so. Skin cancer removal may leave some visible scarring; however, with proper care, most scars fade after a few months. It is important to protect the treated area from sun exposure for a few weeks to facilitate healing and reduce scarring.
You will receive detailed instructions about how to care for your wound and reduce scar tissue. You will have a follow-up appointment with Dr Turner to ensure your wound is healing well, remove your stitches and answer any questions you may have.
Call Dr Turner's office today to learn more about skin cancer removal options.
Read further information about skin cancer surgery on the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons' website here