MOLES & SKIN CANCER
Old age, ultra-violet light exposure, smoking , genetic predisposition, immunocompromised states and certain skin conditions are risk factors for an individual to develop a skin cancer. Signs that a skin growth or rash is becoming a skin cancer include rapid enlargement with failure to resolve on any treatment, ulceration, bleeding , irregular edges and different shades of brown or black in a single area. Moles that are found on the palms and soles of the feet should be monitored closely.
Any of the above signs warrant a biopsy i.e. a piece of the affected skin is sent to the lab for examination under the microscope. A biopsy is the only definite way in telling if a skin condition is a cancer or not.
The Plastic Surgeon can perform the biopsy, remove the skin cancer and then reconstruct the resultant defect . In previous times Reconstructive Surgeons used surrounding skin called flaps to fill the defect or hole from Surgery with greater emphasis placed on function and little attention paid to aesthetics. At the practice of Dr Vadia an aesthetic reconstruction is performed.
This is the art of reconstruction such that the aesthetics of the face and the rest of the body is restored in addition to the function. The patients value on function, form, convenience and finances are all taken into consideration and treatment individualised to suit the patients needs and expectations.