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Will I have a bad scar after conventional surgery to remove a 4mm basel cell carcinoma from the tip of my nose?

Will I have a bad scar after conventional surgery to remove a 4mm basel cell carcinoma from the tip of my nose?

Depends on surgeon: First thing you want to do is to have the tumor completely removed. The way to ensure this is to have mohs micrographic surgery (www. Skincancermohssurgery. Org). Mohs surgery is skin sparing surgery with the highest cure rate (99%). The surgeon will check all the surgical margins to ensure that all the roots have been removed & then will repair the defect in a way which minimizes scar the same day. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


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I had moh's surgery to remove a basil cell carcinoma next to my nose in mid dec. Is it normal that it is itchy and still sore at times after 3 months?

MOHs surgery: Not usually. Mohs surgery is the process used in tumor removal. After the tumor is removed there is a defect in the skin which can be repaired or left to heal by nature. Your symptoms are more likely related to the repair process. More information about what was done with your wound after the cancer was removed is needed before commenting. For example, you may have a buried stitch. See your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having a dime size basal cell carcinoma removed from between my nose and lip. How large should the scar be?

I'm having a dime size basal cell carcinoma removed from between my nose and lip. How large should the scar be?

Unknown: Depending upon the true extent of the cancer, the technique used, and the available tissue for closure. Obviously this can't be aswered in this forum. Talk to your surgeon. ...Read more

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I had a basal cell cancer removed at side of my nose. Have to have mohs surgery. Will I b disgured?

I had a basal cell cancer removed at side of my nose. Have to have mohs surgery. Will I b disgured?

Hopefully Not: Mohs surgeons can do an amazing job but sometimes complex reconstructive surgery is needed. It is important to discuss the cosmetic outcome with your surgeon before the operation and to talk to a plastic surgeon if necessary. Also ask if radiation therapy is an alternative option. It is usually equally effective as surgery, requires no cutting and can leave an excellent cosmetic result. ...Read more

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What is a mast cell in the nose. I have to get sinus surgery soon & Doctor says have to open them up & have mast cell on right side. Is that cancer?

What is a mast cell in the nose. I have to get sinus surgery soon & Doctor says have to open them up & have mast cell on right side. Is that cancer?

Never heard of: Mast cells are present in many tissues and are the major source of mediators released in an allergic reactions. Thus it is not an unexpected finding especially in people with allergic rhinitis. I do not understand how the surgery is trying to accomplish. If your primary problem is allergic, see an allergist -surgery is intended for anatomical issues. ...Read more

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Is the any plastic surgery interventions to remove scar on head?

Is the any plastic surgery interventions to remove scar on head?

Several options: For a new scar (<1 month), just letting it heal and protecting the scar from sunlight is best. The scar will improve typically over the course of 1 year. During this time, topical scar treatments (scar massage, mederma, silicone) steroid injections and dermabrasion can help. If the scar is still bothersome, then surgical revision should be considered. ...Read more

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Please help? Is there any plastic surgery to remove scar on head?

Please help? Is there any plastic surgery to remove scar on head?

Scar Revision: Scars can be a different color or can be depressed or elevated compared to the surrounding skin. A scar on the scalp can result in an area of baldness. Normal features may be distorted by scars. Various treatments or surgical revision can improve the unsightly features of many scars. Consult with a plastic surgeon certified by the american board of plastic surgery to learn about options. ...Read more

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I want to look into a tiny scar on my noseto see if it's basal carcinoma. But I don't want to have surgery and get a bigger scar. What should I do?

Don't want surgery?: Forgive my frankness. This is what a basal cell carcinoma on your nose will look like if you let it grow, before it finds its way into your brain. Let's hope that little thing is something else instead -- with today's fancy mohs surgery, the scars are barely visible. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?

What's the prognosis for someone who had head and neck cancer that could not all be removed at surgery?

Not as good: Unresectable or partially resected head/neck cancer can be effectively treated with combined chemotherapy & radiotherapy in most cases; however, the results are not as good as desired. Generally, it is harder to get a complete response to treatment and often the cancer recurrs locally or spreads elsewhere. Close follow-up is required and long-term survivors in 20-40% cases are present. ...Read more

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Is endonasal reconstruction a good choice for tear duct reconstruction? I know that I need tear duct reconstruction surgery to open my blocked tear duct, but I am concerned about getting a scar on my nose from the procedure. Is endonasal reconstruction a

Is endonasal reconstruction a good choice for tear duct reconstruction? I know that I need tear duct reconstruction surgery to open my blocked tear duct, but I am concerned about getting a scar on my nose from the procedure. Is endonasal reconstruction a

Endonasal: Endonasal reconstruction is preferred because it leaves no visible scar. However not all surgeons are trained to do this procedure. External approach is easier to perform but leaves a visible scar. If your surgeon is confident and has performed this procedure before then I recommend it. ...Read more

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I want to get some plastic surgery done for my nose and my cheek. Can someone please recommend a good plastic surgeon? A friend of mine actually contacted him because he wanted to get a scar taken care off on his face. He found a page dedicated to him on

I want to get some plastic surgery done for my nose and my cheek. Can someone please recommend a good plastic surgeon? A friend of mine actually contacted him because he wanted to get a scar taken care off on his face. He found a page dedicated to him on

Since: Since I am not sure exactly where you are located, it's difficult to make any recommendations.
I would suggest checking your local medical society and see who specializes in facial plastics and reconstruction. Sometimes doctors are willing via the internet to show pre and post op pictures of past patients to give you a feel for what might be able to be accomplished. ...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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Does surgery for nose cancer leave you with a hole in your face?

Does surgery for nose cancer leave you with a hole in your face?

Reconstruction: No, usually nasal cancer defects can be reconstructed extremely well. See a facial plastic surgeon for the reconstruction of complex defects that also involve the nasal passage. ...Read more

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My scars on the back of my head from surgery feel like they r gonna explode I've been having vp shunt pain forever?

My scars on the back of my head from surgery feel like they r gonna explode I've been having vp shunt pain forever?

How long since VP?: Have you ever discussed this issue with either the neurosurgeon if you continue to see him or your primary doctor? I don't commonly run into people who have chronic surgical scar pain after VP shunt placement, however, it certainly could happen. There are topical medications which can give temporary relief but if it is chronic you may need more aggressive treatment. Speaking to your doctor is best. ...Read more

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Who are the doctors/institutions that perform surgery for thyroid cancer with hidden scars?

Who are the doctors/institutions that perform surgery for thyroid cancer with hidden scars?

Da Vinci Robot: The procedure you are referring to is performed via small incisions in the armpit utilizing the da vinci robot (intuitive surgical). There are numerous hospitals across the country that offer this. If you try an internet search in your area, I am sure you can find a nearby surgeon. ...Read more

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Could a person suffer from a disease or cancer in the future from facial plastic surgery (lip, nose, dimples, etc?

Could a person suffer from a disease or cancer in the future from facial plastic surgery (lip, nose, dimples, etc?

Not from surgery!: Cancer can occur in any area of the body, and certain cancers are more common in sun-exposed areas (lip, nose, dimples, etc.), but plastic surgery does not increase those risks (nor decrease them). Other than genetics (the main factor), ultraviolet radiation exposure (sun, tanning beds) is the biggest determinant of future skin cancer risk. Surgery is safe, but use a sunscreen surgery or not! ...Read more

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I have a new tiny lump in scar from breast cancer surgery, is this a recurrence?

I have a new tiny lump in scar from breast cancer surgery, is this a recurrence?

Lump in surgery scar: When surgery is performed, many hair follicles in the area are disrupted in the area and new cysts can form. Cysts are not a problem. However, in the area of previous breast cancer, we would be concerned about a recurrence, so any new lesions must be seen by a dermatologist or the breast surgeon. ...Read more

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I have a scar on my head where hair does not grow it is around 1/2 CM and I was wondering if there is anyway I could cover it without surgery.?

I have a scar on my head where hair does not grow it is around 1/2 CM and I was wondering if there is anyway I could cover it without surgery.?

Yes many options: There are many options that essentially camouflage the "hairless" area. Short term solutions include those that color the scalp "top coat" or other products that are composed of dyed keratin protein "sprinkles" that you aply to the hair. Long term techniques include tattoo or hair transplants "plugs" or excision of the bald area with closure in a zig zag line to allow hair to fall over the scar. ...Read more

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I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?

I recently had a colon resection for stage 0 colon cancer. It was an open surgery w a large scar. I am experiencing dizziness when I stand from siting?

Dizziness: You may have orthostatic hypotension. That means that your blood take a moment or two when you go from a sitting to a standing position. You rise slowly the problem won't be so acute ...Read more

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After surgery for head and neck cancer, how long before you could eat solid food again?

After surgery for head and neck cancer, how long before you could eat solid food again?

Depends: Depends on the what structures are being operated on and how much reconstruction needs to be done. Extensive surgery involving the tongue, base of tongue, back of throat (oropharynx/hypopharynx) and larynx (voice box) will take longer to heal and therefore more time needed before you are back to eating solid food easily. ...Read more

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Diagnosed with stage 1 pancreatic cancer in the head of the pancreas, I don't want surgery or chemotherapy how long will I live?

Untreated, 1-2 years: Pancreatic cancer can only be staged after surgery- information provided by a pathologist is necessary to assign a stage. If you have what appears to be early stage pancreatic cancer it would be foolish not to seek treatment since surgery can cure up to 40% of cases, and while big surgery, the risk is low (around 1%). Depending on pathology findings postop chemotherapy may provide added benefit. ...Read more

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Appendix, colon cancer and bdominal hernia mesh implant surgeries. Lots of scar tissue causing bowel blockages. Can anything be done about it?

Appendix, colon cancer and bdominal hernia mesh implant surgeries. Lots of scar tissue causing bowel blockages. Can anything be done about it?

Significant problem: There are no known medical treatments for adhesions. Once formed, there isn't medicine that can dissolve them. Symptomatic treatment with pain & anti-nausea meds may be helpful at controlling some of the symptoms. The main stay of treatment is surgical therapy called adhesiolysis or lysis of adhesions. Adhesions can be divided using laparoscopic techniques which may relieve your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a scar in my right nostril that doesn't want to heal. I've had it for about a week. My PCP says it doesn't look like cancer. What could it be?

I have a scar in my right nostril that doesn't want to heal. I've had it for about a week. My PCP says it doesn't look like cancer. What could it be?

Pimple?: Hard to say what it is without seeing it. Could be a pimple or a scab that you developed. I would not worry about it too much for a while. Likely will go away but after another week or so would get it looked at again if it is not gone. ...Read more

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What is used on a large skin cancer removal wound (nose) that is healing naturally to help with new skin growth and/or for there to be less scarring?

What is used on a large skin cancer removal wound (nose) that is healing naturally to help with new skin growth and/or for there to be less scarring?

Ask the DR!!!!!: Was it a MOHS procedure? Graft? Sutures? Dressing? Forget about magic pills or vitamins to reduce scars: they are bogus claims. Usually WATER is best for routine cleaning. Keep it lubricated with vaseline or Aquaphor. Bacitracin and neosporin are useless. Worse, they are common sensitizers which may cause allergic reactions and interfere with wound healing. Your surgeon MUST have carefully instruc ...Read more

Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


Dr. Jack Mutnick
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Nasal (Definition)

NaSal is a nasal preparation which is a kind of ...Read more