Dr Oz: Summer Skin Care Breakthroughs
Rates of skin cancer are rapidly on the rise, so this summer, be diligent about caring for your skin. Dr. Oz shared some important summer skin care breakthroughs, including one from a doctor who is changing the face of skin cancer treatment.
Dr Justin Piasecki Skin Cancer Reconstruction Technique
Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Piasecki has found a way to not just treat and cure skin cancer, but also innovate the reconstruction process. Using only a local anesthetic, Dr. Piasecki removes the cancer with the highest cure rate, but also offers immediate reconstruction with much better results.
Dr. Oz and Dr. Piasecki demonstrated the old technique in removing skin cancer. Often, doctors would remove a very large part of the skin, just to be safe. The cancer would be removed, but so would a lot of healthy tissue, making the healing process difficult and leaving patients with deformities.
With Dr. Piasecki’s method, the cancer is cut out layer by layer in extremely small portions. The wound is far less significant, requiring far less reconstruction time. In just one visit, Dr. Piasecki can remove cancer and restore a patient’s original appearance.
Dr. Oz: Basal Cell Carcinoma Vs Squamous Cell Carcinoma
Dr. Piasecki explained that there are two types of skin cancer, both appearing often on the face: basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Basal cell carcinoma is a patch of discolored skin that’s red, white, or changing, and bleeds extremely easily. Squamous cell carcinoma is faster-growing and looks like a scaly, itchy wart. These are the characteristics to look out for when deciding whether you should consult a doctor.
As a general rule, look for these three characteristics in your skin:
- a lesion that changes in border, color, or size and bleeds with minimal trauma
- an open sore that won’t heal
- a patch of red skin that itches and is changing.
By inspecting your moles and skin often, you can potentially avoid the need for surgery all together.