Facial Skin Surgery
Overview text of facial skin surgery conditions
Benign skin lesions such as moles or skin tags may be removed to offer reassurance that they truly are benign or to improve the cosmetic appearance of the face.
Skin Cancer | Basal Cell Carcinoma | Squamous Cell Carcinoma | Melanoma |
There are 3 major types of skin cancer. The most common is basal cell carcinoma (BCC), second squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and third and most serious is malignant melanoma.
Basal Cell Carcinoma
These are also known as rodent ulcers and are generally treated with surgery when on the face or ears.
This allows them to be examined by a pathologist, which is useful to both confirm the diagnosis and that the cancer has been completely removed.
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous cell carcinomas occur less frequently than BCCs. Although uncommon they have the ability to spread. They can be treated with surgery or radiotherapy and again surgical treatment is often preferable. SCCs require wider excision margins than BCCs and so small skin grafts or flaps maybe required to reconstruct the “hole” left by the removed lesion. Occasionally complex skin cancers may require Moh’s micrographic surgery to guarantee tumour removal. This is performed by a dermatologist who will then often refer to Mr Hollis for subsequent reconstruction a day or two later.
Melanomas require more specialised treatment. The most appropriate management is discussed at the melanoma multi-disciplinary team (MDT) meeting.
Mr Hollis is an integral part of the specialist skin MDT at Worcestershire Royal Hospital.