How long does skin cancer removal take to heal?

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Skin cancer is becoming a serious problem as patients who have had unprotected skin in the past are now being diagnosed with cancer. Protection from the sun is the number one way to prevent skin cancer, and a few sunburns during your lifetime can multiply your risks. At Harris Dermatology, we assist patients who have been diagnosed with skin cancer in removing the cancerous cells from their skin. After excision, patients might have a lot of questions they’d like to ask their doctor about the healing and recovery process.

Why might I have skin cancer manually removed?

One common reason for skin cancer to be manually removed is if it is in a difficult or hard-to-reach place, like near the eyes. Other reasons might include: if the cancer is large or has spread, if there is a lot of inflammation or bleeding, or if the person has a weakened immune system. Patients may have skin cancer removed via a few different methods such as traditional excision or Mohs micrographic surgery. Both are effective and chosen for specific benefits they  provide.

How long does skin cancer removal take to heal?

The healing process after skin cancer removal can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks. The amount of time it takes for the wound to heal will depend on the size and location of the surgery, as well as your individual healing process. You will likely need to keep the wound clean and dry, and may be prescribed antibiotics or other medications to help promote healing. Most people are able to return to their normal activities within a few weeks after surgery. However, it is important to follow your doctor’s instructions for post-operative care to ensure a speedy and successful healing process.

How do I learn more about the diagnosis and treatment of skin cancer?

The team at Harris Dermatology is here to help patients in achieving healthy skin and addressing concerns such as skin cancer as soon as the condition has been diagnosed. If you are interested in finding out more about this condition, or are looking to speak to a professional about proactive steps you can take to protect yourself, call one of our two office locations in Naples and Fort Myers, FL. We help new and returning patients with skin cancer screenings, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention.

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