The physicians in Einstein's Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery provide multiple, advanced skin care therapies that help improve the skin's appearance after skin cancer treatment.
How Does Skin Cancer Care Work?
After skin cancer treatment, the skin may be scarred, have pigment changes or be looser. There are a number of non-surgical skin treatments that are highly effective in restoring the skin's appearance. Your physician will discuss which treatment or combination of treatments would be best to meet your needs. These can include:
Topical treatments- These treatments can include a combination of prescriptive and non-prescriptive topical creams and gels with high levels of active ingredients. These topical treatments work to protect your skin and improve its texture and appearance.
Chemical peels -These treatments, which are generally applied over a series of appointments, use a combination of medically approved chemicals that penetrate deep into the skin to exfoliate and induce collagen regeneration.
Laser treatment- By using special computer-generated laser wavelengths of light, your plastic surgeon can quickly and comfortably eliminate pigmented spots and shrink tiny spider veins. The procedure stimulates healthy new collagen, which is vital to skin elasticity.
Dermabrasion - Fort his procedure, your plastic surgeon will use a special rotating instrument to gently remove the uneven outer layer of skin to encourage skin regrowth.
What Can I Expect During and After the Procedure?
Skin cancer care treatments may include several different types of procedures over a period of time. Your physician will provide you with detailed information about what to expect during and after each procedure appointment, but in general:
- Depending upon the type of rejuvenation treatment, you may be given a local anesthetic before your procedure.
- Your physician will explain what you can expect directly after your treatment and how long it will take before you begin to notice a change.
- Do not use exfoliating agents on treated skin, and always wear sunscreen on treated areas.