Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery Orange County

Skin Cancer affects one in five Americans during their lifetime – with 80% of these cancers developing on the face, eyelids, nose, neck or scalp. Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer while squamous cell carcinoma is the second most common type. Overall, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States with hundreds of thousands of cases being diagnosed and treated every year. There are several known risk factors that make some people more likely than others for developing skin cancer. These include:

  • People who have lighter, natural skin color
  • Those with a family and/or personal history of skin cancer
  • People with daily sun exposure while at work and/or play
  • Having a personal history of sunburns early in life
  • People whose skin burns easily; have freckles, and skin reddens easily – or skin that becomes painful in the sun
  • People who have blue or green eyes, and blonde or red hair
  • People with certain types & large numbers of moles

SKIN CANCERS – BRIEF OVERVIEW:

  • Basal Cell Carcinoma– is the least dangerous type and the most common type. It tends to grow slowly and usually stays within its original site, is seldom life-threatening – if treated correctly. If left untreated – Basal Cell Carcinoma can grow deep beneath the skin, getting into the underlying tissue and bone – and can cause serious damage.
  • Squamous Cell Carcinoma– ranks second and can become life threatening if left untreated. Typically found on the eyelid, lips, face or ears – Squamous Cell Carcinoma can and sometimes does spread to distant sites including – lymph nodes and internal organs.
  • Malignant Melanoma– even though it ranks third in occurrence – the number of cases presenting are increasing yearly – especially in Sunbelt states. Malignant melanoma is the most dangerous type of skin cancer – it requires prompt, aggressive treatment because of the threat of early metastasis (spreading).

SYMPTOMS:

  • A small lump, spot or mole – shiny, waxy, pale in color & smooth in texture
  • A red – firm lump – either a spot or mole – a sore or spot that bleeds spontaneously, becomes crusty or sore and doesn’t heal
  • Any new suspicious growth on the face

WHAT IS FACIAL SKIN CANCER RECONSTRUCTION?
The goal of reconstructive surgery is to restore normal function and appearance after skin cancer removal – and is a highly individualized procedure which may require several stages. A number of techniques are used to accomplish this – and Dr. Yeh has specialized training and experience in skin cancer reconstructive procedures. If Mohs’ micrographic surgery is used to remove the skin cancer – Dr. Yeh can employ Moh’s reconstruction to restore facial appearance. Scars are to be expected with any type of skin cancer treatment, but Dr. Yeh uses advanced techniques to minimize scarring and obtain optimal results.

WHY RECONSTRUCTION FOR FACIAL SKIN CANCER?

  • Facial Skin Cancer can have a devastating impact on one’s appearance
  • Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction corrects function & appearance
  • Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction is highly individualized by Dr. Yeh
  • Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction employs the most advanced techniques
  • Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction may require repair to the skin, muscle, cartilage, bone & soft tissue structures – to restore function & a pleasing appearance
  • Dr. Yeh has specialized training, expertise, honed skills and an artistic eye which enables him to skillfully restore function & the most natural look possible

GOOD CANDIDATES:
Anyone who has a suspicious facial lesion or is diagnosed with skin cancer may be a good candidate. Mature, realistic expectations are important when having any surgical or cosmetic procedure. Dr. Yeh will determine during your personal consultation which technique is right for you and will personalize a treatment plan for your specific needs.

YOUR CONSULTATION:
Dr. Yeh believes that the initial consultation is most important and should be done face to face with your surgeon. After listening closely and carefully to your concerns, Dr. Yeh is able to do a critical evaluation and make the correct recommendations to address your specific needs. It is during the consultation that you both arrive at a mutual understanding and trust than enables Dr. Yeh to tailor the treatment plan that is best suited to you – not somebody else. Set up a consultation for Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Orange County and Newport Beach.

His skilled hands and extensive knowledge, combined with an artistic eye and experience enable him to achieve the most natural looking results possible.