MELANOMA/SKIN CANCER SURGERY
Most skin cancers, whether they are basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, melanomas, or other types of cancers, are removed surgically. If the cancer is small, the wound left behind generally heals without difficulty. However, when the cancer is large, or in a difficult location on the body, surgical excision can leave behind a large scar or a permanent change in a body structure. In these cases, a plastic surgeon is an important resource and can offer different reconstructive techniques - from simple scar revision to a transfer of tissue - to restore most patients to acceptable appearance and function. Learn more about melanoma and skin cancer surgery.