Receiving a skin cancer diagnosis can be a scary experience, but with the help of a skilled surgeon, you can move beyond skin cancer and enjoy a healthy, active life. At Plastic Surgery Specialist of Boca Raton, Rafael C. Cabrera, MD, FACS, has made a name for himself in various skin cancer removal and reconstruction treatments, and has helped many in South Florida navigate a skin cancer diagnosis. If you or a loved one is in need of these specialized services, set up an appointment online or by phone to meet with Dr. Cabrera to explore treatment options.
Once your dermatologist or general practitioner has determined the type and stage of your skin cancer, the next step is deciding on a treatment path. If removal is the recommended approach, working with a skilled plastic surgeon can ensure all traces of cancer are removed while making every effort to avoid unsightly scarring or tissue abnormalities.
It’s also important to take good care of your emotional health during this time. A skin cancer diagnosis can be incredibly stressful, so be sure to assemble a strong support system and pursue the appropriate treatment path right away.
Dr. Cabrera begins by assessing your skin cancer and determining the best course of action. In some cases, smaller or less invasive skin cancer lesions can be removed through a simple excision process.
This involves a local anesthetic to eliminate sensation in the area. Dr. Cabrera uses a scalpel to carefully remove the visible cancerous cells as well as a small portion of the surrounding healthy tissue. He then closes the incision in a manner that will yield the least visible scarring.
In the case of larger or deeper skin cancer lesions, a procedure called Mohs surgery is a good option. This approach involves using a scalpel to remove microscopically thin layers of tissue that are then examined under magnification to search for signs of cancerous changes. The process is repeated until a layer of healthy cells is reached, at which time the incision is closed and bandaged.
One of the most powerful tools in cancer care is lymph node dissection. Your lymphatic system connects virtually all areas of your body. When cancer spreads to your lymphatic system, there are changes in the cells of your lymph nodes.
Lymph node dissection under local anesthesia allows Dr. Cabrera to determine if your cancer has spread. This is an essential part of treating melanoma, an aggressive and potentially deadly form of skin cancer. Dr. Cabrera is widely regarded as an expert in melanoma care and uses lymph node dissection to shape and inform your overall cancer care.
If you or a loved one is struggling to determine the next steps after a cancer diagnosis, call or book an appointment online as soon as possible to explore your options and begin a path toward a cancer-free future.