At Cairns Plastic Surgery, we provide both surgical and non-surgical treatments of skin cancer. Distinguishing between the two is dependent on the type of skin cancer as well as the size of the affected area.
Surgical skin cancer removal
Surgical skin cancer removal involves cutting out the skin cancer, along with a margin of surrounding healthy skin to help ensure all dangerous cells are removed. Depending on the size of the excision, the site can either be sutured, or it may need a tissue flap or skin graft.
Non-surgical skin cancer removal
Non-surgical skin cancer surgery is dependent on the type of skin cancer, but this treatment can be done with creams, chemotherapy, erbium laser, or radiotherapy.
Your general practitioner may refer you to a plastic surgeon for skin cancer treatment under the following circumstances:
- There is an incidence of larger skin cancer excisions that need skin flaps or grafts
- Skin cancer treatment will occur in an aesthetically sensitive area like the eyes, nose, ears or lips
- Specialised laser treatment is recommended
- The appearance of residual scars may be improved
- Scar revision after skin cancer removal