Basal cell carcinoma is the most common skin cancer with about 2.8 million new cases a year. They most often arise in areas of chronic sun exposure. Therefore, the vast majority of these tumors arise on the face, head, and neck - areas not covered by clothing and receiving the highest amount of sun damage. They are slow-growing tumors that rarely metastasize, so the prognosis is excellent. However, if the disease is allowed to progress or is inadequately treated, it can grow and be very disfiguring and make surgical cure difficult.
The diagnosis of basal cell skin cancer is made with a shave biopsy or a punch biopsy. This can be performed by your dermatologist or Dr. Jandali himself. If the lesion is small, it can be removed in the office procedure room under local anesthesia. The defect is closed, placing the scar in a natural skin crease to give the best cosmetic appearance. If the lesion is large, it is removed in the outpatient surgery center, and reconstruction is performed with simple closure, a small flap, or a skin graft. Radiation is sometimes needed for larger lesions that cannot be fully removed or have a positive margin, or in people who can’t tolerate surgery.
If you have been diagnosed with basal cell skin cancer and need surgical treatment, come visit our plastic surgery office in Fairfield County, Connecticut. Call 203-374-0310 to set up an appointment with Board Certified plastic surgeon Dr. Shareef Jandali. We look forward to seeing you!