If you’re concerned about a changing mole, new blemish, or other suspicious lesions on your face, it’s best to consult an experienced otolaryngologist like Frederick Ezon, MD. He can provide you with a prompt, accurate diagnosis and the highest quality treatment for facial skin cancer. If you have a loss of skin from Moh’s surgery, Dr. Ezon can also reconstruct the area for the best possible functional and cosmetic result. To schedule an appointment for facial skin cancer, call the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, or book online today.
Skin cancer can affect any part of your skin. But it’s most likely to appear on areas that get lots of exposure to the sun, including your face. It develops when some of your skin cells mutate, causing out-of-control growth.
Ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun are the primary trigger for this cell mutation. Smoking is also a significant risk factor.
The kinds of skin cancer that are most likely to affect your face include:
Basal cell carcinomas appear on the outer surface of your skin, in the basal layer cells. This kind of cancer forms waxy or pearly bumps. It can also look like flat, brown or flesh-colored lesions. Basal cell carcinomas are particularly likely to develop on your face and neck.
The squamous cells in your skin are underneath the basal ones. Cancers in these cells tend to be crusty, scaly lesions or red nodules that can appear on your face and ears. They’re more likely to spread to other areas of your body than basal cell carcinomas.
The melanocyte cells make your skin brown. Cancers of these cells frequently affect the face, often developing from an existing mole. Melanomas are rarer than basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, but without treatment, they’re potentially life-threatening.
There are several facial skin cancer treatment options available. Straightforward removal of the lesion is the most basic. It involves cutting out the cancer and an area of skin around it to ensure no cancer cells remain. The removed tissue is sent to the lab for microscopic examination at the time of surgery to be sure all cancer has been removed.
Then he will reconstruct the area with plastic surgery to get the best possible aesthetic result.
To schedule an appointment for facial skin cancer, call the Aesthetic Facial Plastic Surgery office in Ocean Township, New Jersey, or book online today.