Fa­cial skin can­cer surgery – The Mohs Mi­cro­graphic Tech­nique

Central Leader - - HEALTH& WELL-BEING -

When you’ve been di­ag­nosed with a skin can­cer on your face, un­der­stand­ably you’re con­cerned. What does the treat­ment in­volve and what will you look like af­ter­wards?

‘‘Be­ing told you have skin can­cer on your face can be a fright­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ence,’’ says Dr Paul Salmon, der­ma­tol­o­gist at Skin Cen­tre, As­cot.

‘‘But with the Mohs tech­nique and our re­con­struc­tive skills at the Skin Cen­tre, there is no rea­son to fear dis­fig­ure­ment in the treat­ment of fa­cial skin can­cer.’’

Nor­mally ex­ci­sion of skin can­cers in­volves re­moval of a mar­gin of nor­mal skin in or­der to en­sure erad­i­ca­tion of the tu­mor. Mohs Mi­cro­graphic surgery, a tech­nique de­vel­oped in the United States, al­lows re­moval of just the can­cer­ous skin.

It pre­serves nor­mal skin and nerves by trac­ing out all the can­cer’s roots, but at the same time, min­imis­ing the signs of surgery.

‘‘Fa­cial skin can­cer is my pas­sion,’’ Dr Salmon says.

‘‘I have fo­cused my whole ca­reer on pro­vid­ing the very high­est stan­dards for my­self and my pa­tients, so that even pa­tients with dif­fi­cult skin can­cers have great out­comes.

‘‘The first time you treat a skin can­cer is your best chance of erad­i­cat­ing it,’’ he says.

‘‘The Mohs tech­nique gives my pa­tients the best chance of cure and peace of mind.’’

Paul Salmon is one of Aus­trala­sia’s lead­ing prac­ti­tion­ers of this tech­nique and will chair the ses­sion on Mohs Mi­cro­graphic Surgery at the World Congress of Der­ma­tol­ogy in Van­cou­ver this year.

He has more than 40 sci­en­tific pa­pers pub­lished in the field of skin can­cer re­con­struc­tion.

For more in­for­ma­tion about Skin Cen­tre, visit www. skin­cen­tre.com or con­tact the team on 0800 754 623. You can find Skin Cen­tre, As­cot at Unit GD, 95 As­cot Ave, Re­muera.

Dr Paul Salmon, ex­pert in fa­cial skin can­cers at Skin Cen­tre in Re­muera.

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