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Skin Cancer Treatment in Mount Pleasant, SC | Réforme
Dermatology & Aesthetics

Cancer, regardless of its type, is an inherently frightening diagnosis for anyone. Luckily, with advances in technology and treatments, skin cancer can be treated efficiently and effectively, especially when detected early. An early and accurate diagnosis is the first step to treating skin cancer. With the expertise and guidance of our expert dermatologist and Mohs surgeons at Réforme Dermatology, patients can go on to live their lives to the fullest—just with a bit more sun protection.

Types of Skin Cancers Explained by Charleston, SC Dermatologist

Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. The growth of basal cell carcinoma can be identified by its pink, pearly, translucent appearance that will eventually crust, bleed, and ulcerate. While not typically life-threatening, this type of cancer can harm the affected tissue and may lead to scarring or disfigurement.

Squamous Cell Carcinomas

Squamous cell carcinomas share similarities to the appearance of basal cell carcinomas, but they can be more aggressive. Although rare, this type of skin cancer can spread internally. Therefore, patients who have or have had squamous cell carcinomas are usually monitored closely to ensure there are no signs of spreading or reoccurrence. 

Melanoma

Melanoma is a type of skin cancer that develops from a mole or normal skin. Melanoma can appear as a pigmented or unpigmented lesion that have asymmetry, irregular borders, are multicolored, have uneven thickening, or grow drastically in a short period of time. If you have moles or other spots, watch them closely and always show them to your doctor. Early detection is essential when it comes to treating melanoma.

Looking for skin cancer treatments in Mount Pleasant, Johns Island, Daniel Island, James Island, and the greater Charleston area? Learn more about our skin cancer treatments at Réforme Dermatology by contacting our office today.

What Can You Expect During a Skin Cancer Screening at Réforme?

During a consultation at Réforme, patients will be asked about their symptoms, including any changes in size or appearance of the mole or skin lesion in question, including if the lesion is itchy, painful, scabs, or bleeds regularly. They will also be asked if their family has a history of skin cancer and whether they’ve been diagnosed with it.

A physical examination will be conducted on the growth, taking measurements and documentation of its appearance, as well as the patient’s symptoms. The rest of the patient’s body will be examined to ensure all potential growth, lesions, or tumors are documented. 

A special microscope called a dermatoscope is used to evaluate the growth. Dermatoscopes help improve the accuracy of the doctor’s diagnosis and help determine if a biopsy is the appropriate next step.

What Happens During a Skin Biopsy?

A skin biopsy is the most accurate way to diagnose skin cancer. All biopsies will be performed using a local anesthetic to ensure patient comfort. During a biopsy, a part of or the entire growth is removed and sent to a laboratory for testing. Some soreness may occur after a biopsy, and wound instructions will be provided for aftercare. Our office will notify the patient as soon as the results are in from the required tests.

What Skin Cancer Treatments Are There?

Outpatient surgery with local anesthetic is usually the first treatment approach for skin cancer patients. During the procedure, cancerous cells and a minimal amount of surrounding skin are removed to ensure all cancerous cells are gone.

Types of skin cancer cell removal surgeries include:

  • Simple excision surgery is when the skin tumor and a minimal amount of surrounding tissue are removed and sent to a lab to be examined by a pathologist.
  • Wide excision involves the skin tumor, and a wider margin of healthy tissue is removed. This is most commonly performed for melanoma.
  • Shave excision involves the removal of the skin tumor by scraping it off with a razor-like utensil.
  • Mohs Surgery involves layers of skin being removed individually and analyzed under a microscope until no cancer cells are left.
  • Cryosurgery and Electrodessication involve freezing the cancer cells with a form of liquid nitrogen and scraping.

Why Choose Dr. Vasile for Your Skin Cancer Treatment in Charleston, SC?

As a Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Gabriella Vasile has advanced training in treating various types of skin cancer using Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology. Her focus is providing innovative treatment options that treat medical or cosmetic issues to help prevent and restore the area so that her patients can live a bright and fulfilled future.

Réforme Dermatology’s mission is to provide well-rounded, comprehensive dermatological and medical care for a diverse community in the Charleston area and beyond. Dr. Vasile creates unique dermatological experiences using quality, state-of-the-art equipment and care in a restorative and welcoming environment.

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Explore the fully customizable and transformative dermatological treatments with double board-certified dermatologist and Mohs surgeon Dr. Gabriella Vasile, who combines her extensive knowledge of skin health with her passion for finding innovative reparative and preventative treatments. Dr. Vasile’s collaborative, personalized approach to skin health and vitality meets the specific needs of her patients by utilizing state-of-the-art technology, science-based skincare products, and peer and patient-reviewed techniques and treatments. 

With a keen aesthetic eye and precision, Dr. Vasile creates balanced and natural results for a variety of aging and skin-related concerns while prioritizing patient comfort and safety. Schedule your consultation today and experience a self-esteem boost with beautiful, healthy, vibrant skin.

FAQs: Skin Cancer Treatment at Réforme Dermatology & Aesthetics

The American Cancer Society  strongly recommends annual skin cancer screenings (or more frequent for those patients with a history of skin cancer) for early diagnosis and treatments. When detected early, skin cancer can be more easily treated, and patients are provided with the best possible outcomes.

Surgery can be avoided in some cases. Instead, a concentrated cream or ointment can be used to remove or destroy skin cancer cells on the skin’s surface. The topical approach can be used on its own or in combination with other treatments. It is generally preferred to treat the early stages of basal cell or squamous cell carcinomas or for noncancerous or pre-cancerous lesions.

A few ways you can prepare for your skin cancer treatment include:

  • Do not drink alcohol 24 hours before surgery
  • Get plenty of rest
  • Shower and wash your hair and face on the day of your treatment
  • Eat a balanced and nutritional meal
  • Avoid wearing jewelry or makeup if the treatment is performed on the face
  • Bring a close friend or relative along to keep you company and assist you in driving home
  • Review any pre- and post-treatment instructions provided to you

Why Choose Réforme Dermatology for Your Skin Cancer Treatment?

As a Double Board-Certified Dermatologist and Mohs Surgeon, Dr. Gabriella Vasile has advanced training in treating various types of skin cancer using Mohs micrographic surgery and dermatologic oncology.

Ready To Schedule Ready To Schedule Your Appointment at Réforme Dermatology in Charleston, SC?

Skin cancer can be a frightening diagnosis, but Dr. Vasile and her team at Réforme Dermatology & Aesthetics are here to help with state-of-the-art technology, highly trained medical experience, and personalized treatment approaches. We are committed to providing patients with the best possible outcomes. If you have any questions or suspect that you may have skin cancer, don’t hesitate to seek medical help. Contact us today to schedule a consultation at our practice in Charleston, SC. Dr. Vasile looks forward to meeting you soon.