The wound caused by skin cancer removal is reliant on the cancer itself, which can occur anywhere on the face or body. Plastic surgery is a precise medical practice, but as with any surgery you will be left with some scarring. Every effort is made during reconstruction to avoid unsightly disfigurement, and several methods are used.
In larger lesions, healthy adjacent tissue is used by forming a flap of skin and repositioning it over the wound. The benefit of this method, especially for facial cancers, is in using skin that is of the same colour and texture as that which has been removed, creating a less noticeable scar that follows the natural curve of the face.
Sutures are removed after one week, or longer in more complex situations. The incision site might be sore and drain small amounts of fluid after surgery. Make sure to keep the site clean and well protected from additional injury, and limit any movement that will add stress to the wound during the healing phase. Keep out of the sun during wound healing, as exposure can result in pigment discolouration or uneven scar tissue. In time the scar will lighten to a colour that more closely resembles that of the surrounding skin.
Skin cancer is a condition that should not be taken lightly. Fortunately, Dr Laniewinski also takes your needs seriously, and has the appropriate qualifications and experience to provide a comfortable service and outstanding results.