Melanoma in Dayton, OH
Although it is the least common form of skin cancer, melanoma is also the most dangerous, resulting in more than 10,000 deaths each year in the United States. Melanoma treatment is available at Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons for the residents of Dayton, Centerville, Troy, Huber Heights, and other surrounding cities in Ohio.
What Is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that typically forms from overexposure to the sun or the UV radiation from sunlamps or tanning beds. Exposure to UV rays triggers mutations in the skin that form malignant skin cells, which multiply rather rapidly. As such, they frequently turn into tumors, many of which resemble moles. In some cases, melanoma may even develop from moles.
The ABCDE formula is often used to identify melanoma:
- Asymmetry, meaning that one-half of the mole does not match the other.
- Border, the edges of a melanoma mole or skin tag are rough and irregular rather than smooth and even.
- Color, a mole containing melanoma is not the same color all over, and might have varying shades of black, brown, pink, red, or white across it.
- Diameter, moles, are more likely to be melanoma (or become melanoma) if they are more than .25 inches (6 mm) in diameter. This is roughly the size of a pencil eraser.
- Evolving,melanoma moles may visibly change in size, shape, or color.
Surgery to Eradicate Melanoma
Several different procedures can be performed to remove melanoma:
- Wide excision, which involves cutting out the tumor and a bit of surrounding skin.
- Mohs surgery, a procedure in which the skin is removed in small layers and then tested for cancerous cells. This process continues until there is no more cancer left.
- Lymph node dissection, which involves removing the cancer as well as the lymph nodes in the region closest to the melanoma. This procedure is performed in more advanced cases when there is an increased risk of melanoma spreading.
Benefits of Melanoma Surgery
Melanoma surgery is a life-saving procedure that can prevent the need for other more invasive operations such as an amputation or organ removal. It is also a very safe procedure that can be performed in-house.
Who Is the Ideal Candidate for Melanoma Surgery?
Anyone who has been diagnosed with melanoma must consider surgery to remove the offending mole, skin tag, or birthmark; otherwise, the condition will rapidly progress to the point where cancer can be difficult if not impossible to contain.
What do I Need to do Before Melanoma Surgery?
A biopsy could be needed to confirm your diagnosis. We will also collect a health history from you to determine if you are at risk from having complications from anesthesia. If so, pre-operative blood work could be ordered as well.
What Should I Expect on the Day of my Melanoma Surgery?
A numbing agent will be injected into your skin near the area where melanoma is to be removed. Your surgeon will cut carefully around the edges of your lesion to remove it. There may be other steps required, depending upon the exact procedure being performed.
How Long Does it Take to Perform Melanoma Surgery?
A wide excision can often be performed in as little as 30 minutes. Mohs surgery could take significantly longer, since several rounds of testing are involved. Likewise, a lymph node dissection is also a more complicated procedure that might take several hours to complete.
What to Expect After Melanoma Surgery
You could notice itching, swelling, or light bruising near the excision site for about a week or so.
Will I Have Scars After Getting Melanoma Surgery?
Whether or not you will have scars is not important. What is important is removing all of the melanoma so that you can be cancer free again.
When Will I See the Results?
Immediately. Melanoma moles are often very unsightly, so patients are relieved by the fact that they no longer have to look at them after surgery.
How Long Will the Results of Melanoma Surgery Last?
There is no set time frame for this. You must continue to protect yourself from cancer in order to prevent contracting melanoma again in the future.
Additional Procedures to Enhance Your Melanoma Surgery Results
Treatment and recovery from skin cancer is stressful, which is why many patients in Dayton who have overcome this disease reward themselves with one of our medical spa procedures.
How Much Does Melanoma Surgery Cost in Dayton?
Because you may have different needs than any other patient, we will not be able to discuss the exact cost with you until after your consultation. Cash, personal checks, and credit cards are always accepted for any of the procedures we offer, and many of our patients will also qualify for low-interest financing.
Melanoma can be treated very successfully when it is caught early. If you have melanoma, do not delay, contact Miami Valley Plastic Surgeons today to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve patients in Dayton, Centerville, Springfield, Kettering, Miamisburg, Huber Heights, Troy, and Beavercreek, OH.