Facial Skin Cancer Specialist

Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery -  - Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon

Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery

Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon located in New York, NY

Skin cancer on the face can take different forms, and special techniques are required to remove skin cancer and close the skin without causing disfigurement. Dr. Archer has substantial experience in treating facial skin cancer to help patients in and around New York, NY at the Aesthetic Institute of Manhattan for Facial and Plastic Surgery, to avoid serious complications and reduce the risk of scarring.

Facial Skin Cancer Q & A

What types of skin cancer can appear on the face?

There are three primary types of skin cancer, all of which may affect the face:

  • basal cell carcinoma, accounting for 80 percent or more of all skin cancer cases
  • squamous cell carcinoma, the second-most common, but still only accounting for a little more than 10 percent of all skin cancer cases diagnosed each year
  • melanoma, which is the least common type of skin cancer, but also the most deadly, causing by far the greatest number of skin cancer-related deaths each year

Each type of skin cancer results in lesions that appear slightly different, and because lesions may at first appear like freckles or sun spots, they can be difficult for an untrained eye to detect. Scheduling an evaluation at the first appearance of a discoloration or other change in the skin, including moles that change in size, shape or color, is essential for determining if cancer is present so treatment can begin right away.

How is facial skin cancer treated?

When an abnormal area of skin or suspicious lesion is present, a tiny sample of tissue will be taken (a biopsy) and evaluated under a microscope to determine if cancer cells are present. Depending on the type of cancer, the size of the lesion and patient health factors that determine how well a specific procedure may be tolerated, skin cancers may be treated with cryotherapy (freezing the cells), topical medications, photodynamic light treatments, electrocautery (destruction by heat), radiation or surgery.

What is Mohs surgery?

Mohs surgery is a special tissue-sparing technique that takes tiny amounts of tissue and evaluates them under a microscope during surgery to determine if all the cancer has been removed, ensuring the least amount of tissue is removed while still removing all the cancer cells. Because it removes the least-necessary amount of tissue, Mohs surgery can be an ideal solution for facial skin cancers where scarring can be an issue.