Skin cancer rates continue to rise in the United States, and basal cell skin cancer is among the fastest-growing. Occurring in the deepest layer of the skin, basal cell carcinomas often appear on the face looking like scars or prominent red bumps. Removing them with the aid of reconstructive facial surgery isn’t just a cosmetic concern—it can be the difference between life and death.
The certified oculo-facial surgeons at the Morgenstern Center in Philadelphia have the experience and qualifications to perform your basal cell surgery. Call them at (610) 687.8771.
Causes of Basal Cell Carcinomas
Like almost all cases of skin cancer, basal cell cancer is most frequently caused by sun exposure, both accumulated over time and from intense bouts that lead to damaged skin. Because your face is one of the areas of your body most frequently exposed to the sun, having cancerous lesions appear on your face is unfortunately quite normal for skin cancer.
Risk factors for basal cell skin cancer include:
- A history of unprotected sun exposure
- Frequent use of tanning beds
- Fair skin
- Blue, green, or grey eyes
- Occupation that involves working outdoors
- Family history of skin cancer
- Previous basal cell lesions
When you need a basal cell carcinoma removed from your face, you want a surgeon who can remove all the cancerous tissue and leave your face with minimal scarring. Fortunately, the oculo-facial surgeons at the Morgenstern Center have plenty of experience removing basal cell growths and restoring the affected areas. You can browse their basal cell removal gallery to view specific examples.
Removing Basal Cell Growths with Mohs Micrographic Surgery
The traditional way of removing cancerous growths from the skin is simple excisional surgery. For this type of surgery, the surgeon uses a scapel to cut around the growth, taking care to remove all the cancerous tissue. For most body areas affected by skin cancer, excisional surgery works around 95 percent of the time.
However, there are issues with using excisional surgery on growths located on your face:
- More likely to cause visible scarring
- Difficult to remove all the cancerous tissue in some places
- Excision of growths on eyelids and noses can look disturbing
Fortunately, an alternative surgical technique exists in Mohs micrographic surgery. This technique requires a specially trained doctor who removes thin layers of tissue from the tumor, examining each piece under a microscope and then proceeding to remove only those parts of the underlying tissue that have evidence of cancer. This process preserves your skin and has a success rate of 99%. After removal, reconstructive surgery can restore your skin to its previous appearance.
Your Basal Cell Cancer Facial Surgeon
At the Morgenstern Center, our oculo-facial surgeons, Dr. Ken Morgenstern and Dr. Joseph Giacometti, are trained in the removal of cancerous tissue and the reconstruction of the affected areas. Their experience and record of success show that they are an excellent choice to perform your basal cell carcinoma surgery.
If you would like to learn more about what the Morgenstern Center’s doctors can do for you, set up an appointment with our facial surgery practice by calling (610) 687.8771. We serve patients in Philadelphia, Wayne, King of Prussia, and the surrounding communities.