Facial Cancer Surgery


1. Overview

There are three main kinds of skin cancer which are commonly seen in the United Kingdom, basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma. The incidence of these growths is increasing and all are felt to be due in part to excess amounts of sun throughout life. To achieve the best chances of curing these growths they require complete removal with a margin of normal tissue all around them. This creates a "hole" in the skin which requires repair to minimise scarring and deformity. The main ways of achieving this are with either skin flaps or skin grafts.

2. Skin Flaps

Mr Jones will use skin flaps moved from adjacent parts of the face to repair the hole following the removal of the tumour. These skin flaps require careful planning to produce the best possible cosmetic result.

3. Skin Grafts

Skin grafts are an alternative way of repairing holes in the facial skin. Mr Jones commonly uses grafts taken from in front of or behind the ear, the forehead or the neck and these can give very cosmetic repairs after skin cancer surgery.

No two skin cancers are the same and the exact requirements for your case will be discussed with you by Mr Jones who will be able to advise on the amount of surgery that is necessary and the best method of surgical reconstruction. Smaller facial skin cancer procedures are commonly performed under local anaesthetic but where growths are larger or where there is a patient preference, a general anaesthetic may also be used.

The great majority of skin cancer cases can be performed as a day case and do not require an overnight stay in the hospital. Patients having private medical insurance will normally find that their procedure is eligible for cover by their Health Insurers and Mr Jones and his team can advise on the best way to proceed if this is the case.