Though the mortality rate of skin cancer is relatively low, the condition should still be taken seriously. At our San Luis Obispo center, Dr. Kilcline and our team address signs of skin cancer with the highest degree of care and attention. Skin cancer surgery can take a big emotional toll. For this reason, we do our best to reassure our patients, putting them at ease before undergoing any treatment. Dr. Kilcline is a dermatologist specializing in skin cancer surgery and can also provide Mohs surgery referrals based on your specific skin care needs.
Skin Cancer Surgery vs Mohs Reconstruction
The main difference between traditional skin cancer surgery and Mohs is that the latter requires several treatment sessions. However, while Mohs can take longer, it typically results in a smaller excision scar than regular surgery. As a specialist in the field of dermatology, Dr. Kilcline is happy to work with you to determine the best option. For some patients, Mohs surgery may not be a valid method of treatment, in which case Dr. Kilcline can provide you with excision surgery. If you are a viable candidate for Mohs, we can provide you with referral options.
Skin Cancer Treatment Procedure
During your skin cancer surgery, Dr. Kilcline will remove the entire cancerous area along with a border of healthy tissue. She will close the incision with stitches once finished. Afterward, we will test the removed area under a microscope to confirm that all of cancer has been removed. Surgical excision is performed under local anesthetic to minimize discomfort. You can return home on the same day following your procedure.
Results of Skin Cancer Surgery
As with any other surgery, the removal of skin cancer moles and growths can be difficult on the body. Therefore you may experience some discomfort for a few days following your visit. Once your wound has properly healed, you can return to our center and have your stitches removed about 7-14 days later. Recovery time from basal and squamous cell cancer surgery varies, but we will be with you every step of the way should you have any questions or require any assistance.
Mohs Reconstruction Referrals Available
Our goal at Coastal Dermatology + Aesthetics is to create an environment of comfort and compassion. We want to do all we can to ensure that you have a good recovery. Therefore, we are happy to provide Mohs surgery referrals if the option is viable for your specific skin care needs. For ongoing help, we encourage you to connect with our team at any time.
Skin Cancer Surgery in San Luis Obispo, CA
If you’ve noticed an irregular mole, lesion, or growth on your skin, we urge you to contact our team at Coastal Dermatology + Aesthetics today. We proudly provide cancer testing and treatment options for the wonderful people of San Luis Obispo. Get in touch today to find the right treatment for you. To contact us, please fill out the form below or call (805) 544-5567.