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Skin Spots Lesion Removal

If you have skin spots or need lesion removal, Plastics Surgeons of Lexington can answer all your questions.

The most common types of skin cancer include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.  Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It occurs most frequently on sun-exposed regions of the body. Although this skin cancer rarely spreads to other areas of the body, it can cause destruction of surrounding tissue.  Squamous cell carcinoma also occurs most commonly on areas exposed to the sun.  If untreated squamous cell carcinoma may penetrate and destroy underlying tissue. In a small percentage of cases, this tumor can spread to distant organs and may be fatal.  Melanoma is thankfully much less common than these other types of skin cancer.  However, if detected, it can be more lethal.  It goes without saying, then, that early detection and surgical treatment of these types of skin cancer is imperative.  Plastic surgeons are trained not only to detect these types of cancers, but to also treat them.  In fact, plastic surgeons are trained to place conspicuous scars and heal large wounds caused by resection of skin cancer.

Basal cell carcinomaBasal Cell Carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common form of skin cancer. It occurs most frequently on sun-exposed regions of the body. Although this skin cancer rarely spreads to other areas organs of the body; it can cause destruction of surrounding tissue. Thus early detection and treatment is needed. Most basal cell carcinomas are caused by chronic sun exposure.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Squamous Cell Carcinoma is a major type of cancer that arises from the outer epidermal layer of the skin and mucous membranes and occurs most commonly on areas exposed to the sun. If untreated squamous cell carcinoma may penetrate and destroy underlying tissue. In a small percentage of cases, this tumor can spread to distant organs and may be fatal.

Seborrheic Keratosis
Seborrheic Keratosis (SKs) are common non-cancerous lesions Seborrheic Keratosisthat grow on the epidermis (or outer layer of skin) and can develop on any part of the body. SKs usually begin as rough, itchy bumps and can thicken and darken to a brown or black color over time. They are usually round or oval shaped growths with an elevated, rough surface and sometimes seem to be glued to the skin or dropped on like candle wax. SKs are not believed to be caused by the sun and do not have a higher chance of turning into skin cancer. SKs are not a sign of serious health issues except in very rare instances.

Actinic KeratosisActinic Keratosis
Actinic Keratosis (AK), is also known as solar keratosis, is a precancerous lesion of the epidermis that is caused by long-term exposure to sunlight.  AKs are most commonly found on sun-exposed areas such as the face, lips, ears, neck, scalp, forearms, and backs of handsAKs are not life threatening as long as they are diagnosed and treated in the early stages. If left untreated, aggressive AKs have the potential to progress into squamous cell carcinoma, a serious type of skin cancer.

For more information on skin spots or lesion removal, please contact Plastics Surgeons of Lexington for a consultation or to receive more information.

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