Miracle Mile Aesthetics & ENT
Konstantin C. Salkinder, MD
Aesthetics & ENT Surgeon located in Beverly Grove, Los Angeles, CA
One in five Americans develop skin cancer by the age of 70, so it’s important to remember that all types of skin cancer are curable when detected and treated at an early stage. Dr. Konstantin Salkinder at Miracle Mile Aesthetics & ENT in the area of Beverly Grove specializes in skin cancers of the face, neck, and head, and has extensive experience performing surgery to remove cancer, and then he reconstructs and repairs your face. If you have questions about skin cancer or would like to schedule a skin exam, call the office in Los Angeles or book an appointment online.
Skin Cancer Q & A
Are you at risk for skin cancer?
Skin cancer is primarily caused by exposure to sunlight, including ultraviolet light from artificial sources like tanning beds. Although fair skin and a family history of skin cancer affect your risk, two key factors that increase your chance of skin cancer are:
- Cumulative exposure to ultraviolet light throughout your lifetime
- History of blistering sunburns (even if only during childhood or teen years)
Dr. Salkinder specializes in skin cancers of the face, head, and neck, which are the areas where it frequently develops.
What are the different types of skin cancers?
There are three types of skin cancer that each has a different appearance and varying concerns about how they spread:
Basal cell carcinoma
Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer. Its appearance ranges from flesh-colored and pearl-sized bumps to a pink or red patch of skin. It may also look like an open sore. Although basal cell carcinoma seldom spreads to other parts of your body, it can invade deep into the surrounding tissues, causing disfigurement that requires reconstruction.
Squamous cell carcinoma
The second most common skin cancer, squamous cell carcinoma frequently begins as a scaly patch of skin called actinic keratosis. Once these patches turn into cancer, they may look like a red bump or rough patch of bleeding skin. Squamous cell carcinoma may spread into the surrounding skin and throughout your body.
Melanoma is the least common type of cancer, but it’s the deadliest. It often develops from an existing mole and is usually black or brown, but it can be varying colors, including red, blue, and white. With early treatment, melanoma is curable. Once it spreads, it’s difficult to treat and often fatal.
How is skin cancer treated?
Skin cancers are removed using a variety of methods, depending on the type of cancer and its size, depth, and location. A few examples include:
- Excision: tumor is cut or shaved from your skin
- Electrodesiccation and curettage: tumor is removed, then electrical needles target potential cells remaining around the edges
- Cryosurgery: tumor is treated by freezing
- Laser surgery: tumor is treated with a laser
Dr. Salkinder also has extensive experience in performing facial plastic and reconstructive surgery to rebuild your face after cancer is removed, if necessary.
Don’t wait to get a suspicious lump or skin discoloration examined. Call Miracle Mile Aesthetics & ENT in Beverly Grove or book an appointment online.
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