Skin cancer occurs when there is an overgrowth of abnormal cells in the skin caused by damaged DNA that causes mutations. These mutations cause skin cells to quickly multiply, resulting in malignant tumors. The main causes of skin cancer include the cumulative exposure of UV rays by being in the sun without proper protection or spending too much time on tanning. There are three main types of skin cancer, including basal cell carcinoma (BCCa), squamous cell carcinoma (SCCa), and melanoma. As a facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Walker does not diagnose skin cancer, which he defers to his dermatology colleagues, but assists in reconstructive surgeries if his assistance is of help after dermatologic treatment, particularly after Mohs surgery.
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If you are in need of skin cancer reconstructive surgery, contact our Atlanta, GA office today and let your dermatologist and Mohs surgeon know you are interested in having the defect reconstructed by a facial plastic surgery specialist. We will schedule your initial consultation appointment with board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Walker. During this appointment, Dr. Walker will discuss your skin cancer reconstructive options depending on the anticipated defect, which is at times not completely predictable. The focus is always first and foremost to have the cancer removed completely with reconstruction of the defect be a secondary goal. If you smoke or consume nicotine, this may be a good time to stop.