Skin Cancer in Austin, TX, with Dr. Venkata Erella
Skin cancer is one of the most common cancers in the United States. The vast majority of these occur on the face, head, and neck because those areas tend to be “unprotected” most of the time. Repeated sun exposure with the UV radiation is the most common cause of skin cancer but tanning booths and sun lamps can contribute as well.
The easiest way to help protect yourself from skin cancer and reduce your risk is to use sunscreen (with a minimum SPF 30) daily.
Anyone Can Develop Skin Cancer, But Who Is Most at Risk?
- Fair skin
- Light colored hair and eyes
- Family history of skin cance
- Large number of moles
- History of blistering sunburns
- History of radiation treatment to the face
Who Is a Good Candidate for Evaluation and Possible Treatment?
- Anyone with a non-healing skin lesion
- Any changes in an existing mole, such as darker color, irregular margins, growth beyond the size of a pencil eraser or bleeding
- Family history of skin cancers
- Family history of many moles
- Documented skin cancer by biopsy and the need for complete removal and reconstruction
Three Main Types of Skin Cancer
Each has specific characteristics that predict their behavior. Hover over each box to learn more.
It is important to get a physician consultation for any suspicious changes to the skin. Non-healing lesions or changes in the color, size, or borders of moles should raise suspicion.
Personalized Care. Honest Approach.
Dr. Venkata Erella is double board-certified, highly respected, and takes a patient-centered approach to care that has made him a valued member of the Austin, TX community for many years. Contact us today to learn how Dr. Erella can help you reach your ideal look!
The Surgical Treatment of Skin Cancers
The primary goal of treatment is the removal of the skin cancer cells. Removing BCCA and SCCA are generally performed with a margin of normal skin and confirmed by the pathology evaluation. If the removed lesion has any cancer cells at the margins, then further removal of skin is indicated.
Malignant melanomas are treated differently. Depending on the depth of involvement of the melanoma in the skin, the margin of “normal” skin around the edge that is removed will vary. Also, a certain depth of involvement may indicate the need to remove a sample of lymph nodes that drain that area of the body to check for any potential spread of the melanoma cells.
Any removal of skin cancers will require closure of the resultant wound. These options vary from directly closing the area in a line, to skin grafts, to moving skin from the surrounding area (skin flap) to more complex reconstructions. These options are also dictated by the location of the cancer, whether it is on the nose, the ear, or elsewhere.
Dr. Erella is a board-certified plastic surgeon who has performed many flaps for Moh’s surgery. Our goal is to completely remove the cancer and perform near normal looking ways of repairing the defects.
While individual results will vary, for most patients the skin cancer will have been removed. It is important to monitor your skin to make sure there are no irregularities. Malignant Melanoma patients will have to see their physician on a regular basis for skin surveillance.
Scars of various degrees will be present. Although these scars are often made to be as inconspicuous as possible, some can be more visible and some may go on to develop more scar tissue.
Recovery and Healing
- Initial healing is 5 to 7 days when sutures are generally removed.
- Elevation of the surgical site is helpful.
- Limited activities for 1 week and possibly longer.