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Skin Cancer Treatment

BCC, SCC or melanoma removal

Plastic Surgeon

Removal and testing £690, reconstruction costs added if required

THE PROCEDURE

Skin cancers may come in a variety of forms and all need some sort of treatment. The treatment is most commonly performed surgically, with the lesion removed so it can be analysed in the laboratory. Broadly speaking, the three most common skin cancers are basal cell carcinomas (BCCs), which are usually not capable of spreading; squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs) and melanomas, the most dangerous form of skin cancer.

Who carries out this treatment?

Marc Pacifico
Marc Pacifico
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Mr Marc Pacifico MD FRCS(Plast) has been described as one of his generation’s rising stars in plastic surgery. His academic, surgical and practice achievements include, amongst others, coming top in the UK’s consultant level plastic surgery examinations (being awarded the Gold Medal), the publication of over 50 international peer-reviewed papers, being a regular invited speaker at conferences and the opening of his own private clinic, Purity Bridge, alongside his busy NHS and private surgical practices
Nora Nugent
Nora Nugent
Consultant Plastic Surgeon
Ms Nora Nugent FRCS(Plast) has joined Purity Bridge where she offers an individually tailored modern plastic surgery practice. The cornerstones of her practice are good communication with you and meticulous attention to detail as she feels this is vital to your decision to undergo any treatment under her care. This ethos is continued from your first consultation through to the end of your treatment to ensure that you get the highest possible care and are fully supported during this time.

WHAT DOES IT INVOLVE?

Most skin cancer removal can be performed under local anaesthetic (with you awake) in our procedure room. Once the injection of anaesthetic is gently given, the procedure involves surgically removing the skin cancer and carefully stitching the wound. If the “defect” left after the removal of the skin cancer is too large to stitch, plastic surgery techniques such as skin grafting or the use of skin flaps may be required to close the wound.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The aim of skin cancer removal is complete cure. The most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma (BCC or rodent ulcer) does not spread, so once completely removed surgically, it has a very low risk of coming back. If it does so, it would be in the same place as it originally was, and it is normally a simple procedure to re-excise it.

Other skin cancers include squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) and melanoma (MM), which both have the capability of spreading. However, if caught and removed early enough, cure is also possible.

Therefore, early diagnosis and removal of a skin cancer is crucial.

Before and After

Skin Cancer Treatment Prices

Removal and testing £690
reconstruction costs added if required

Concerns Regarding Skin Cancer Treatment

A single “simple” skin cancer may take around 20-minutes to remove, with more complex procedures taking over an hour.

The procedure is performed as an “office-based” procedure performed under local anaesthetic. This allows a speedy recovery. Stitches will be used that are usually kept in for around 7-14 days. There will be tapes over the stitches which are left in place until you return to have the stitches removed. Alternatively, it is sometimes appropriate to for dissolvable stitches to be used, in which case you will be invited back for a wound check at an appropriate time after surgery (usually around 2-weeks).

It is recommended that no sporting or strenuous activity is performed until around a week after the stitches are removed. Showering and washing is possible – as long as attention is paid to the surgical tapes to ensure they are dry afterwards (a hair dryer on a cold setting is very useful for this).

Skin cancer removal has a high success rate. The scar(s) will be red initially, which is quite normal, and will then fade gradually. Scars can take over a year to completely fade in some people. Depending on the type of skin cancer diagnosed, it is sometimes necessary to have a further surgical procedure, but this will be discussed with you at the time of your initial consultation.

The following complications may be associated with this procedure:

  • Bleeding – this is usually “nuisance” bleeding and will stop with pressure applied for 10-15 minutes. Rarely, the wound will need to be opened and the bleeding stopped more formally in the procedure room.
  • Wound infection and delayed healing may occur, but again are unusual. The risks are higher in people suffering from diabetes and in smokers
  • Unsightly scarring in some people – rarely, scarring can become lumpy (hypertrophic or keloid). This may require further treatment to try to improve the appearance of the scars (at further cost).

Recurrence of the skin cancer can also sometimes occur – usually around the scar. If this happens, it will require further surgery. In addition, if the laboratory analysis suggests that some of the “roots” of the skin cancer may be left behind, further surgery might be required too.

Prices starts from £670

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