In South Africa, skin cancers are the most frequent occurrences of cancer diagnosed in patients.

Most likely due to how much time South Africans spend in the sun, skin cancer is the most common form of cancer found in South Africa. Skin cancer can form anywhere on the body, but is most often found where we have the most unprotected contact with the sun, such as the face, neck, head, chest and shoulders.

It is crucial to wear a high SPF sun cream when out in the sun to avoid the formation of cancer cells in the skin and tissue.

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What Can I Expect

What do I need to know?

There are many ways – surgical and non-surgical – to remove skin cancers, depending on the type and extent of the skin cancer. In the more advanced skin cancers where there has been extensive destruction of tissues – for instance permanent damage to the nose or ear structures – plastic surgical reconstruction of the areas may be required to restore them to their normal appearance. Sometimes, more than one procedure is needed to achieve the best results. You will be advised on this though, based on your individual case.

Reconstructive techniques include skin grafts, simple scar revision, restoration of body parts or free flaps to repair the damage.

How do I know if I have skin cancer?

Skin cancer is more common than you think. Skin cancers include Melanoma and Non-melanoma skin cancers namely Basal Cell Carcinoma (on the innermost layer of the epidermis) and Squamous Cell Carcinoma (the upper layers of the skin). Early detection is essential to managing skin cancer. If you notice a new skin lesion, or see a change within a lesion such as asymmetry, irregularity of shape or colour, enlargement or non-healing this may indicate malignant change and the need for medical diagnosis and treatment from a Dermatologist or Plastic surgeon. Early detection of skin cancer allows early treatment.

What can I expect?

Treatment for skin lesions will depend on the type of skin lesion, and the cause of the condition and your overall health. The quickest way to treat a skin lesion is surgical removal.

How is the surgery performed?

Surgery is performed under local anesthetic with or without sedation. One overnight stay is sometimes needed.

SKIN CARE

Skin care is easy with 5 simple steps:

  1. Cleanse with the mildest cleanser
  2. Protect against sun damage with a good sunscreen
  3. Reverse damage with RetinA
  4. Replenish your skin with antioxidant vitamins
  5. Moisturise your skin with a beautiful-feeling, pampering moisturiser.

I have a select range of quality products and treatments that I believe will give you the results you need.

A skin rejuvenation programme can be designed to suit your lifestyle and unique skin care needs.

Recommended Products: NeoStrata, Heliocare, RetinA

Treatments: Micro-needling, Dermal fillers, Botox