Facial Skin Cancer

Dr. Hunt is an expert for diagnosing and surgically treating skin cancer of the head and neck. Don’t ignore any suspicious lumps or sores. Should you discover something, make an appointment for a prompt examination. Early treatment may well be the key to complete recovery.

What to Expect

First, skin biopsies are performed to obtain a diagnosis. Cancerous growths are removed through excision and the skin is sutured or rearranged (flaps) or grafted. Facial Skin Cancer surgery is preformed using local anesthesia, general anesthesia, or IV sedation. Occasionally, liquid nitrogen can be used to “freeze” skin lesions. The specimens removed are then sent to a laboratory for the final diagnosis. Sometimes in aesthetic areas of the face, you will be referred to a specialized dermatologist for microscopic excision (Moh’s surgery) to minimize tissue loss.  Then the defect will be closed by Dr. Hunt if special advancement or rotational flaps are needed or skin grafts are needed.

Recovery

You should be able to perform normal activities after a few days of rest. Keep incision sites clean, stay out of the sun and wear sun block post-operatively. Suture removal is done 5 to 10 days post-op.