Skin cancer is the most common cancer in the world. The term “skin lesion” is used to refer to any growth on your skin. Skin lesions can be cancerous (malignant) or non-cancerous (benign cysts, skin tags). The face is an area of the body where meticulous and intentional removal (excision) of a skin lesion is necessary to preserve the aesthetic appearance and function of the face.
Removal of a skin lesion, especially cancer, can leave behind a wound that requires complex techniques for wound closure. As a trained head and neck surgeon, Dr. Sulyman-Scott can perform both your skin lesion excision and wound repairs using techniques to minimize unsightly scars and undesirable outcomes.
Restoring Your Look After a Skin Lesion Excision
Skin cancer is generally caused by sunlight exposure throughout your lifetime. This means the skin most frequently exposed to the sun is susceptible to skin cancer; the neck, face, and head are the primary areas where it appears.
When lesions appear, they can vary in size. Some are easy to remove, leaving minimal scars, while others are larger and more complex, requiring Mohs surgery which leaves an open wound due to removed tissue on the face, lips, ears, or nose. This is where Dr. Sulyman-Scott’s advanced skills and techniques come in.
What is a Skin Lesion Excision Procedure at That Face?
Each skincare lesion procedure has the same goal: To return your face to its natural form and function as closely as possible. Some of the skin lesion excision and repair procedures Dr. Sulyman-Scott performs include:
- Excision: The removal of lesions including cysts, skin tags, moles, or other skin growths
- Skin and Tissue Grafts: Taking skin and tissue (such as cartilage) from one area of the body and using it to fix another part.
- Primary Repair: Closing of an existing wound after a lesion excision (usually after MOH’s surgery).
- Local and Regional Flap Reconstruction: This uses nearby skin and tissue to fix the wound.
How Does it Work?
Dr. Sulyman-Scott believes everyone deserves to feel beautiful. When you walk into her That Face office in Lincoln Park, she puts your safety, aesthetic goals, and your ultimate health outcomes first. Before your procedure, she will review your goals and expectations and provide you with detailed information regarding your procedure and recovery.
Most of the procedures are performed with anesthesia, but whether it is local, general, or IV will depend on the extent of your procedure. Following your treatment, you will be monitored for a brief period, and then released to return home, under the care of another adult.
The Recovery – How Long is It?
Dr. Sulyman-Scott will ensure you have full aftercare instructions which are critical for an uneventful recovery. Your recovery may be only a few days, or weeks, based on how much surgical work was required to achieve the cosmetic changes needed.
Flap Techniques: A Staged Approach
It is also worth noting that with certain flap techniques, you may need two stages: One to create and reposition the flap, and the second to separate the flap from its original blood supply and location; this may involve two surgeries. Some other surgeries also require multiple procedures to achieve the optimal cosmetic outcome. Our facial surgeries are customized, and Dr. Sulyman-Scott is an exceptionally talented facial plastic surgeon, who cares deeply about every person she treats.
Dr. Sulyman-Scott at That Face A Blend of Compassion and Advanced Skills
From your first consultation to your final follow-up, your ultimate health outcomes, care, and comfort are at the center of Dr. Sulyman-Scott’s world at That Face. Her background as a nurse means that she has built a practice based on kindness, compassion, and personalized care. She is one of the few practicing African American female plastic surgeons in the USA; she is in demand for her skills and natural-looking reconstructive results. Contact us today to take the first step towards your aesthetic goal.