While maintaining the health of your skin is a lifelong endeavor that takes dedication and commitment, nothing is more important than protecting your skin from the sun and its damaging rays. Ultraviolet radiation from the sun is among the main contributors to skin cancer, although UV rays from tanning salons and sunlamps can also pose a risk.
Dr. Gabriel will meet with you to examine your skin, review your medical history, and find the most fitting solution for your skincare needs. He is well versed in a variety of treatment options, and can offer you a personalized approach that will be both cosmetically and functionally healing, while also providing a boost in self-confidence.
Types of skin cancer
There are three types of skin cancers to be aware of: melanoma, basal cell carcinoma (BCC) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer, affecting close to 100,000 people in the US annually.
Squamous cell carcinoma, the second most common variety of skin cancer, affects around 200,000 Americans annually. Melanoma is considered the most lethal form of skin cancer, and afflicts approximately 55,000 people per year in our country.
If you have moles, it’s important to keep an eye on them regularly, as they may become malignant over time. A malignant melanoma will appear dark in color, with an irregular shape. You may see crusting or bleeding.
Suspicious looking moles can be biopsied in order to determine if they are cancerous. If cancer cells are found, then you are referred to a MOHS surgeon who can remove them.
Treatment for skin cancer
Treatment for skin cancer will vary according the client’s condition, aesthetic goals and lifestyle. The doctor will suggest surgery, radiation, topical chemotherapy or laser therapy.
Surgery: Surgery is highly effective for skin cancer, as the offending cells can simply be cut out of the body with ease. If the cancer is completely removed via excision, then no further treatment will be needed.
Vbeam laser: The Vbeam laser beams pulverize the offending cells, which are then discarded by the body as waste. The Vbeam simultaneous cools the surrounding non-offending cells, keeping them healthy and intact.
Mohs reconstruction surgery: After Mohs micrographic surgery, which removes the skin cancer in precise layers, a plastic surgeon may be called in to complete Mohs reconstructive surgery on the skin left behind.
Cryosurgery: Here, liquid nitrogen is applied to the abnormal cells, freezing them out of existence. More than one session may be required, depending on the size of the growth. While cryosurgery is considered fairly painless, some clients may experience minor swelling afterwards.
Skin grafting: If a significant cancer is removed, the wound may require a skin graft in order to close it and create an attractive appearance for the remaining skin. In this case, a piece of healthy skin from another area of the body is transferred to the cancer site, replacing that which was removed.
We feel deeply for the disruption that coronavirus has likely caused to your lives. Amidst the restrictions in place, we realize that virtual consults, follow ups, and booking future surgical dates may not meet all your needs.
If there is more we can do for you as a medical practice, we want to know.
Please reach out and let us know other ways we can help. We have set up points of contact at 415-530-5335 and [email protected] to hear your suggestions.