Early detection of skin cancer is essential to prevent dire consequences, such as skin grafts and complex reconstructions.

SCCs, as squamous cell carcinomas are commonly called, is the second most common form of skin cancer, and often look like red patches, open sores, warts or elevated growths. They sometimes crust or bleed. If an open sore does not heal in a month or two, please consult with your general practitioner or dermatologist for advice.

Squamous cell carcinomas are caused by long-term exposure to the sun over a patient’s lifetime, with most damage usually done between the ages of two and twenty-five. The UV produced by indoor tanning beds also cause damage that can lead to squamous cell carcinomas.

If squamous cell carcinomas are detected when they are still small, a simple excision might be enough to remove them, however, waiting until these lesions become large, could result in skin grafts or complex flaps for reconstruction.

I will discuss the various reconstructive options with you, based on your specific circumstances. Your safety is essential and will remain the primary concern in reconstructive procedures. Any reconstructive procedure will be tailored to you, considering the best aesthetic outcome, and the impact the reconstruction may have on your lifestyle.