Skin Cancer Screening and Removal
The gold standard for skin cancer treatment is surgical removal. Since the best treatment is surgical, doesn’t it make sense to have a plastic surgeon treat your skin cancer?
Although there are many types of physicians who treat skin cancer, the best physician to cure and reconstruct skin cancer is a Plastic Surgeon. Dr. Viggiano, a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon, has been trained to not only diagnose and cure skin cancer (without the need to resort to time consuming and expensive Mohs Surgery), but to reconstruct the tissue that was lost. From the simplest removal and fine line scar closure to rebuilding a nose, an ear, or an eyelid, Dr. Viggiano knows the latest techniques to make the experience low stress and to provide the most aesthetic result possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Being born with dark skin can protect one from the harmful effects of sun exposure. This is not the same thing as getting a tan for a person who was born with lighter skin. Think of a tan as the body’s way of attempting to protect you from injury. In order for this to occur the body has to experience an injury. Sun damage injury is permanent and causes skin wrinkling, dark spots, and skin cancer, yet a tan is temporary. Since skin cancers typically take 30 to 40 years to develop, any sun damage you got years ago may show up later in life as wrinkles, dark spots, and skin cancer even if you no longer spend much time in the sun.
Dr. Viggiano has often seen patients presenting with a concern about a particular spot that turned out to be benign, but on careful examination a different area that the patient hadn’t even noticed turned out to be a skin cancer. It takes an expert eye to determine what is suspicious and what is not. Having an annual skin check by Dr. Viggiano can be a valuable way to protect yourself.
The best defense against skin cancer, and sun damaged skin, is sun protection. You can’t change the past but you are in control of your future. Protecting your skin with sunscreen, clothing, and a hat is essential. We carry a full line of prescription and non-prescription skin care products to reverse the damage caused by past exposure to the sun. We also carry excellent sun screens to protect your skin.
Anytime a new skin lesion develops, there is a possibility that the lesion may be a new skin cancer. Keep in mind that some new lesions may not be cancer, so there is no reason to worry solely due to the fact that a spot on your skin is new. Still, any new or changing spot should be checked by an experienced physician. Trying to determine whether a lesion is cancerous or benign by yourself by looking at photographs on the internet is not possible. Only after seeing many lesions (Dr. Viggiano has examined thousands of people during his career, seeing many thousands of lesions) can one have a reasonable chance of determining if a lesion is suspicious or not.
Skin cancer treatment is a large part of Dr. Viggiano’s practice and because of this he does skin cancer screening on his patients. If you have something new on your skin, undoubtedly Dr. Viggiano has seen similar lesions many times. He can help you by diagnosing and treating any problem spot you may have on your skin.