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Had melanoma and large part of cheek excised by plastic surgeon (was a beauty queen once so looks matter). What followup?

Had melanoma and large part of cheek excised by plastic surgeon (was a beauty queen once so looks matter). What followup?

Stage?: Follow up and further treatment recommendations are dependent on stage of tumor. If early stage disease there is no recommended follow up exams other than dermatological surveilance. ...Read more

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Dr. Mike Bowman
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Skin Cancer (Definition)

Skin is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body composed of hundreds of different structures. Nearly any of these elements can degenerate into cancer. However the three most common are: basal cell, squamous cell and melanoma which occur in that order and degree of aggressiveness. Although heredity plays a major role, sun exposure and tobacco use & ...Read more


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How do surgeons deal with facial asymmetries when performing cancer reconstruction surgery? I recently had a surgery for facial melanoma on my left cheek. I will soon undergo facial cancer reconstruction surgery to restore my physical appearance to an acc

How do surgeons deal with facial asymmetries when performing cancer reconstruction surgery? I recently had a surgery for facial melanoma on my left cheek. I will soon undergo facial cancer reconstruction surgery to restore my physical appearance to an acc

Facial recon: There are many options for facial reconstruction. It depends on the defect itself, the location and the surrounding soft tissue. You should see a board certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon to go over your options. ...Read more

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Dermatologist referred me to plastic surgeon for suspicious scalp lesion removal. Was that for cosmetic reasons or because they suspect melanoma?

Dermatologist referred me to plastic surgeon for suspicious scalp lesion removal. Was that for cosmetic reasons or because they suspect melanoma?

Scalp Lesion: No way for me to know that based on sketchy information; be sure to ask the surgeon for the reason for the referral and discuss in depth. If the lesion is to be removed by the surgeon, the definitive diagnosis will be made by the consulting pathologist. No reason for undo alarm until you know more facts. Remember that even melanomas, caught in early stages, are highly curable. ...Read more

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There is a mole on my back..A surgeon told me its not melanoma. Around it there is pain and it causes pain to my right arm too.. Infection?

There is a mole on my back..A surgeon told me its not melanoma. Around it there is pain and it causes pain to my right arm too.. Infection?

Need exam: Now that you know what the mole "isn't", i would ask him/her what it "is". It sounds like you are have enough symptoms to warrant removing the mole and examining it under a microscope to see what it is. An infection should cause the skin to turn red, with swelling, and pus drainage. ...Read more

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Does perlane work to plump up surgical scars? I have a small depression on my cheek, next to my nose from a melanoma removal. I did have a plastic surgeon do the surgery, but apparently he had to go deeper than we thought to make sure he got it all. Would

Does perlane work to plump up surgical scars? I have a small depression on my cheek, next to my nose from a melanoma removal. I did have a plastic surgeon do the surgery, but apparently he had to go deeper than we thought to make sure he got it all. Would

Facial : Facial fillers such as restylane, (dermal fillers) collagen, perlane, sculptra and even your own tissues taken from another part of your body (fat injections) are commonly used to fill out wrinkled or uneven areas of the face. Be sure to discuss your options with a board certified plastic surgeon to determine the best option to help make your cheek depression from the melanoma removal less noticeable. ...Read more

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Can plastic surgeons remove skin from noses for a small are of skin cancer?

Can  plastic surgeons remove skin from noses for a small are of skin cancer?

Yes--: That's the kind of thing I do very frequently. Small skin cancers on the nose can be removed and reconstructed with local tissue giving an excellent cosmetic result. ...Read more

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My pcp found a skin cancer on my nose. Can anyone recommend a good mohs surgeon?

My pcp found a skin cancer on my nose. Can anyone recommend a good mohs surgeon?

Mohs College (ACMS): It is important that you verify that your mohs surgeon is recognized as a fellowship-trained surgeon. Only members of the american college of mohs surgery (acms) are fellowship trained to perform mohs surgery. All members and fellows of the acms are listed on their website directory. The link to the acms website: <a href="http://www.Mohscollege.Org/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.Mohsc. ...Read more

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Why should I see a plastic surgeon or mohs surgeon instead of derm doctor for skin cancer removal and repair?

Why should I see a plastic surgeon or mohs surgeon instead of derm doctor for skin cancer removal and repair?

Location: Skin cancers in difficult places(eyes, nose, ears) should always be removed by mohs surgery. It is the only procedure that will assure you have had your skin cancer removed completely. Mohs surgeons are excellent at repairing defects and if they are not confident in their skill they will let a plastic surgeon repair the defect. ...Read more

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What is a melanoma?

What is a melanoma?

A type of skin cance: Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that arises from the pigmented cells (melanocytes) in the skin. In general, it is more malignant than the other two common skin cancer types (basal cell and squamous cell), but early melanoma has a good prognosis. Look online for the abcde for diagnosing melanoma. If you have a suspicious mole - have it checked out by a deramatologist. It could save your life! ...Read more

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Dr. Travis Kidner
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Melanoma (Definition)

Melanoma is a cancer of the melanocyte cells. Melanocyte cells determine the color of your skin. Although these cells are primarily found in your skin, they can also be found in the bowel ...Read more