Skin cancer is very scary but if you’ve recently been diagnosed, you’re not alone. Each year, approximately 3 million people are diagnosed with non-melanoma skin cancer in the US. The good news is that non-melanoma cancer rarely spreads and surgery to remove cancerous growths has a very high success rate. If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed with skin cancer, you can trust Dr. Ortiz with removal of cancerous growths.
There are several effective ways to remove cancerous lesions from the skin. The most common is an excision, which involves simply cutting the growth out of the skin along with a small amount of the health surrounding skin. Closure will then be performed to minimize scarring. This is a relatively quick outpatient procedure. Sometimes a cancerous growth is referred to as an iceberg because of what is underneath the skin’s surface is larger than what is visible to the eye. When this is the case, specialized techniques are used to ensure all of the cancer cells have been removed while taking care to leave as much of the healthy skin as possible. These techniques may take several hours but it’s extremely important to ensure all of the cancerous growth has been removed. Since skin cancer is often caused by sun exposure, cancerous lesions are typically in visible areas on the body, including the face, neck, arms, or legs. Because of this visibility, Dr. Ortiz takes great care to ensure that any scarring from skin cancer removal surgery is minimal.
If you have cancerous growths, trust your care to Dr. Ortiz at Triangle Plastic Surgery Associates. Dr. Ortiz has over two decades of experience and aims to educate his patients as well as treat them. From first consultation to final post-op appointment, you can be sure you’re in good hands. To schedule your consultation, call our Raleigh plastic surgery clinic at 919-532-2270 or fill out the online contact form below.