Excision of skin cancer is a type of surgery carried out to remove a cancerous tumor from your skin. Skin cancer occurs as a result of uncontrolled growth and the development of abnormal cells in the skin. There are several types of skin cancers, but the three most common are the following: basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma.
After skin excision, you may have stitches until your wound heals. This might result in a scar that should fade as the wound heals. The rate at which cancer wound heals mostly depends on its size. Generally, most wounds take an average of 1-3 weeks to heal.
Dr. Krathen will give comprehensive advice on things your body can handle and things to avoid. With this care sheet, we have discussed essential ideas that can help you in taking care of your skin to speed the healing process. Even though different people heal at a different pace, following these guides, step by step will ultimately help you.
1. Follow Dr. Krathen’s instructions – it is critical to adhere to his guidance for post-operation care strictly.
2. Limit activities – it is essential to limit the level of activities for about two weeks after surgery to avoid stretching the wound.
3. Keep the wound moist – dry wounds heal slower and are at higher risk of scarring. Therefore, it is crucial to keep your wound moist by using neutral ointment.
4. Protect the operated skin part from direct sun. This is important because the sun produces UV waves that are capable of darkening or discoloring the scar. As it might be challenging to keep out of the sun completely, Dr. Krathen may encourage the use of sunscreen as well as keep the skin operated area covered.
If you have any questions about skin cancer excision, schedule a consultation with Dr. Krathen today!