As the summer sun shines longer and hotter every day, so do its damaging rays. Not only do the sun’s harmful rays age your skin’s appearance, but they also increase your risk to develop skin cancer. If the worst happens, & you find yourself diagnosed with skin cancer, trust the plastic surgeon who doesn’t hold back on honesty, Dr. Darrick Antell. Dr. Antell knows that with skin cancer, comes a lot of uncertainty and questions. When not performing plastic surgery in NY, Dr. Antell is helping patients better understand their recovery options, & in doing so, has recently published his own candid piece entitled,“Secrets of a Plastic Surgeon: Saving Face After Skin Cancer."
When skin cancer strikes, “it is always better to undergo treatment before the cancer grows larger,” explains Antell. Being diagnosed with skin cancer may not be the easiest diagnosis to grasp, but when treated at the first signs, can increase the chance of a successful recover. Many times, a dermatologist will work with a plastic surgeon in New York City to remove the cancerous cells, and aid in scar revision surgery. “Teamwork is the cornerstone to good medicine,” says Antell. That type of attitude not only brings hope to patients, but also provides a feeling of security that they are in the right hands.
After skin cancer removal, patients have three recovery options; one of which is a natural recovery. “Sometimes the best plastic surgery NYC is the one you don’t perform,” says Antell. Smaller wounds may heal on their own, but when patients are left with a bigger wound, they can opt for skin grafts, or skin flaps. Both skin grafts and flaps use tissue from another area of the body, but unlike skin grafting, skin flaps utilize underlying fat and muscle.
Dr. Antell and his staff are always open to any questions or concerns you may have regarding skin cancer treatments in NY. Feel free to request an appointment online, or call our office at 212.988.4040.