Skin Cancer Removal

You may love your fun in the sun, but the fact is that 90% of all skin cancer comes from exposure to UV light from the sun. Skin cancer can manifest as ulcers, moles, or even just unusual changes to patches of skin. When that happens, removal is the best option for protecting your appearance—as well as your health.

What Does Skin Cancer Removal Involve?

The main goal of skin cancer removal surgery is to get rid of cancerous growths on your skin. A plastic surgeon can surgically remove the cancerous skin, but treatment might need to include radiation therapy or other anti-cancer techniques. Sometimes skin cancer removal might leave a scar behind, but it’s well worth it compared to the risk to your health that cancer represents.

What Do I Need to Know About Removing Skin Cancer?

  • Be sure to avoid contact with the sun after surgery and during your recovery time. It can lead to larger, darker scars, or even lead to a greater risk of skin cancer elsewhere on your body.
  • No surgery is ever 100% invisible. You might see scars, or differences in color or texture of skin, but the cancer will be gone.
  • You might need follow-up appointments, several rounds of surgery, or other kinds of treatment, depending on your situation. Check with your doctor and surgeon.

How Can I Pay for It?

Your health insurance should cover surgery for your skin cancer. It should also cover you for any complications that come from the surgery, or other procedures you might need to help restore your appearance. Check with your insurance provider and your plastic surgery center of choice for full details. And always make sure to check in advance before your surgery—no one wants to find out they don’t have full coverage after they’ve already had work done.