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Skin Reconstruction Following Cancer Removal

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May is Skin Cancer Awareness Month. This provides a wonderful opportunity to recommit to preventive measures that can protect against this common disease.

Steps to prevent sun damage include wearing protective clothing, such as sunglasses, a sunhat, long sleeves, and pants. Reducing direct sun exposure between the hours of 10 am and 4 pm is also a good idea. When you are planning on going out, be sure to use a full-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, and reapply every hour or so to ensure continual coverage.

While taking steps to prevent skin cancer is important, when unusual skin growths develop, having them examined is equally important. Because growths can occur anywhere on the body, it is best to undergo a skin examination every year. When a growth is found, a biopsy may be needed to determine if it is cancerous.

Pre-cancerous growths and other types of sun damage can typically be removed with laser treatment, chemical peel, or another non-invasive treatment. Cancerous cells will need to be surgically removed. Skin cancer is often shaped like an iceberg, going much deeper than the surface appearance may indicate.

Reconstruction Following Skin Cancer Removal

With the removal of skin cancer, a procedure is chosen to allow effective removal with optimal appearance of the area. This could involve reconstructing the treatment area. At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer flap reconstruction, skin grafting, and structural grafting to help rebuild and smooth the area impacted by skin cancer removal. These methods can help improve the appearance of the treatment area, though some scarring may be inevitable. We offer treatments for scarring as well. We will discuss likely outcomes during your initial consultation to help you understand both the benefits and limitations of these reconstructive methods.

The doctors at Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center have the experience necessary to treat many instances of skin cancer, as well as the artistry needed to reconstruct the surgical area following removal. If you would like to learn more about your post-skin cancer removal options, give us a call at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today.

Should I Wear Sunscreen Every Day?

You Should Wear Sunscreen Every Single Day

UV rays can cause several cosmetic issues – from skin dryness and rough patches to sunspots and freckles, not to mention more worrisome concerns like skin cancer. UV rays are most impactful when we are in direct sunlight, but their reach is not limited to the outdoors. Studies have found that some UV rays, UVA specifically, can pass through windows to damage the skin even when you are indoors.

UV damage is not limited to the summer months and, while sunburn is related to UVB rays, which are also more directly linked to skin cancer, UVA rays can damage exposed skin regardless of season or location. For this reason, it is advisable to wear a full-spectrum sunscreen every single day.

Choosing the Best Sunscreen

Recent news reports have highlighted the dangers posed by some over-the-counter sunscreens, even some labeled “all-natural,” which can make choosing the best sunscreen seem complicated. To help ensure you are selecting a product that is both efficacious and safe, it is a good idea to discuss your options with a qualified medical provider who can help guide you towards the best sunscreen for your specific needs.

At Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center, we offer a wide range of skincare products, including EltaMD® Sun Care, which have been carefully selected for their safety and effectiveness. If you are looking for the right combination of skincare products or simply looking for the best sunscreen for your needs, we encourage you to contact our office to schedule a consultation right away. Our experienced and thoughtful doctors can provide a skin assessment to help you select the right products and also discuss options available to treat any sun damage you may already have.

Non-Surgical Solutions

We provide a comprehensive selection of non-surgical skin care services to address concerns including sunspots and dry skin. Options including laser treatments, chemical peel, and microdermabrasion offer solutions for several cosmetic concerns, including fine lines and wrinkles, which may combine with sun damage to create a more aged appearance. During your initial consultation, we will listen to your concerns, assess your problem areas, and help you determine which options will be best for your needs.

Please call Farrell Plastic Surgery & Laser Center at 717-732-9000 to schedule a consultation today. Located in Mechanicsburg, we welcome women and men from all surrounding areas of Pennsylvania.

What Happens When You Get a Mole Removed?

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Moles occur when skin cells cluster together, forming a patch of skin that may appear brown, red, or even black in color. The cause of moles is not always known, but genetics, sun exposure, and lifestyle choices may encourage their growth. Most people have at least one mole. The American Academy of Dermatology estimates 10-40 per person.

Topical moles can be shaved or burned off without much difficulty. Deeper moles may require surgical excision. In all cases, aftercare will be essential to prevent visible scarring. More »

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