Lentigo Maligna & Lentigo Maligna Melanoma: Why so confusing?

Lentigo maligna is melanoma in situ (i.e. “pre-melanoma”) that occurs primarily on heavily sun-damaged skin of elderly individuals. It typically presents in the sixth and seventh decades of life.  Although many non-operative treatments have been used in the past to treat Lentigo maligna (i.e. cryotherapy, radiation therapy, laser ablation), these treatments all seem to be […]

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Squamous Cell Carcinoma

Squamous cell carcinoma accounts for about 20% of the total number of skin cancers in the United States. Risk factors for the development of squamous cell carcinoma are similar to those for basal cell carcinoma. Primary cutaneous squamous cell carcinomas arise from skin cells called keratinocytes. Keratinocytes that turn into squamous cell carcinoma arise from […]

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Basal Cell Carcinoma

Basal cell carcinoma is the most commonly diagnosed skin cancer in the U.S. and accounts for roughly 75% of all skin cancers. Chronic exposure to sunlight is the main factor in the development of basal cell carcinoma. Other known causes include: ultraviolet light, chemical carcinogens (i.e. hydrocarbons), ionizing radiation, cigarette smoking, and chronic skin irritation. […]

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Why should a Plastic Surgeon repair skin cancer defects?

In Los Angeles, skin cancers of all types (Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma, Melanoma, etc.) are ubiquitous. Dermatologists are excellent at detecting and removing the overwhelming majority of these lesions by ablation and primary excision. When aesthetically critical areas on the face are involved, Moh’s micrographic surgery is often used. Although tissue loss can […]

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