As one of the best plastic surgeons in the Bradenton and Sarasota area, Dr. Lacerna also includes dermatology as part of the overall health and wellness at her practice. LA Plastic Surgery and Dermatology has a close relationship with Orchid Dermatology and Dr. Kate Ross. Both practices assist each other as needed.
Skin Cancer Screening
Concerned about about skin cancer in Sarasota or Bradenton? Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in this country, and the two most common types are basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas. Melanoma is the third type of skin cancer, which is much more aggressive and can lead to death, if not caught in the early stages.
We strongly encourage all our patients to come in for yearly body scans or screenings, especially those who have fair skin, many moles and/or cases of skin cancer in their families. The doctor will thoroughly examine all areas of the skin, paying close attention to moles and pigment discoloration. If she comes across any questionable areas, a biopsy will be performed using local anesthesia to numb the skin that needs to be removed and examined. Early detection of skin cancer will reduce medical expenses for treatment and possibly increase a patient’s life span.
If the biopsy is found to be positive, the type of surgery performed depends upon the type of cancer, how large the affected area is and the possibility of spread. Most skin cancer surgeries can be performed as an outpatient surgery with local anesthesia in our offices.
Skin Cancer Surgery
There are many different types of surgeries that can be used to remove the skin cancers. Excision is very similar to the initial biopsy, which uses a surgical knife to cut the cancerous area, as well as a specific margin of surrounding skin. It is then stitched back together in a line. Curretage and electrodessication treatment uses a curette, a long, thin instrument with a sharp and looped-shaped edge on the end, to scrape away the cancerous cells. Then an electrode destroys any remaining cancer. This treatment typically leaves small circular scars that improve with time.
We perform Mohs surgery for certain skin cancers, but it often can be performed same day and just takes several hours in an outpatient setting. This surgery involves the removal of a thin layer of the cancerous skin and then an examination of that area to determine if one or more additional layers might be need to be removed. This surgery is often left for more aggressive skin cancers and sensitive areas such as the region near the eyes.
Dr. Melinda Lacerna is a Board Certified Plastic Surgeon and is an experienced face and body contouring surgeon who has helped many men and women enhance their appearance and self-confidence through surgical and non-surgical treatments. For more information in how we can help you achieve the look you have always desired email or call us for a consult.