What are the most common types of skin cancer on the face?
The three most common types of skin cancer of the face and neck include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinomas are the most prevalent and tend to occur in sun-exposed regions such as the head and neck, while squamous cell carcinomas often develop in both sun-exposed and previously injured (scars, ulcerations, healed burns) areas. Melanomas form in cells that provide pigment to the body and tend to spread vertically (grow down rather than across the skin) with a high propensity for invasion and spread to other tissues. Thus, early detection and treatment are vital.
What are the most common signs and symptoms of skin cancer of the face?
A lesion that bleeds, itches, scabs, ulcerates, and/or is not healing should raise concern for a possible malignancy. If any of the above characteristics develop in a previously injured site (scar or burn), you should have a full evaluation of the lesion by a professional. Lesions or moles concerning for melanoma include those with a persistent and increasing size, a black or multicolored hue, or asymmetric borders.
Does Dr. Givens perform microvascular surgery?
Free flap surgery involves taking tissue from one part of the body area and moving it to regions of the face or neck requiring repair. While her robust training in head and neck surgery did encompass a great deal complex free flap surgery, Dr. Givens does not perform microvascular reconstruction in her private practice.