Living in South Florida, we love being in the sun and outside because of the nice weather. With time, continuous exposure to the sun can cause some of the skin cells to turn into cancer cells.
Dr. Sarraga specializes in excision of these cancerous or precancerous lesions and reconstruction in the face and body. He also performs reconstruction of the eyelid area and reconstruction after having Mohs surgery by a dermatologist. Patients in Aventura, FL can count on Dr. Sárraga for effective, safe skin cancer repair with beautiful results.
ABOUT SKIN CANCER REPAIR
Dr. Sarraga feels that direct excision of most skin cancers, with immediate frozen section microscopic examination of the margins of the area removed by a (hospital) pathologist, and then immediate plastic surgery closure of the area, is the best treatment for most skin cancers. While removing any cancerous of precancerous cells to protect your skin and overall health is the top priority in any skin cancer treatment, utilizing plastic surgery techniques when closing any incisions allows patients to enjoy minimal scarring and enhanced aesthetic results following their treatment. Dr. Sárraga uses advanced techniques, leaning on his extensive plastic surgery training so that patients will have as little visible scarring as possible. In addition, Dr. Sárraga can restore the appearance of facial features such as the nose, brows, eyelids, or other areas when larger amounts of tissue must be removed due to skin cancer. As an experienced plastic surgeon, Dr. Sarraga can work alongside other medical professionals such as dermatologists to help patients with various types of skin cancer achieve beautiful and natural results while improving and protecting their skin health.
ANDRÉS SÁRRAGA MD FACS
DOUBLE BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Sárraga was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he spent most of his life. He decided at a very early age to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career in the art of medicine and surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been featured in several publications including Aventura Magazine™ and Healthy Valley® Magazine where he has discussed procedures including Facial Rejuvenation and Breast Surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been awarded one of Castle Connolly’s top doctors in Miami for the last 5 years. He has also been featured with his friend and mentor Dr. Storch. Since Dr. Storch’s retirement, Dr. Sárraga now runs ARTIS Institute Plastic Surgery as a single practitioner.
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WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR SKIN CANCER REPAIR?
Unfortunately, skin cancers are a very common here in South Florida. Dr. Sarraga frequently treats and care for individuals with various types of skin cancers. These include Basal Cell Carcinomas, Squamous Cell Carcinomas, and Melanomas. These are frequently treated and operated upon with the aid of immediate “frozen section” pathology evaluation to help ensure complete removal of the skin cancer. The specifics and options for each individual’s particular case are fully discussed and explained before any treatment. The objective, of course, is always to fully remove the skin cancer while minimizing any post treatment deformity or scars. During a consultation, Dr. Sarraga will explain the steps necessary to remove cancerous or precancerous cells and the results you can reasonably expect following your skin cancer repair.
SIGNS OF SKIN CANCER
Skin cancer is very common, especially in sunny climates like southern Florida. Thankfully, treatments tend to be very successful when the cancer is diagnosed early. To protect your skin’s health, it is important to routinely perform self-skin checks at home. Signs of skin cancer can be remembered using the mnemonic device ABCDE: Asymmetry, border, color, diameter, and evolution. Patients who notice moles or similar lesions that are asymmetrical, have changing borders or colors, grow in diameter or are larger than a standard pencil eraser, or otherwise evolve over time should see a medical professional to screen for skin cancer. Some patients are more susceptible to skin cancer than others. This includes patients with fair skin with a tendency to burn or freckle, light eye or hair color, and a family or personal history of skin cancer.
RECOVERY AFTER SKIN CANCER REPAIR
Following skin cancer repair, the healing process is relatively minimal. Patients may be instructed to apply ointments or creams to the skin as it heals and to keep the area covered with clean bandages or other dressings. Redness, slight swelling, and sensitivity around the area are common. Most patients require no downtime after their procedures, and pain can typically be managed using over-the-counter medication. As the area heals, it is important to avoid direct sun exposure to prevent hyperpigmentation or other issues. Since excess sun exposure can cause skin cancer, you should avoid it even after healing and remember to apply SPF 30+ daily. Following skin cancer repair, you will have post-operative appointments with Dr. Sárraga to monitor healing and with your healthcare team (such as a dermatologist) to ensure proper skin health.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
If you notice signs of skin cancer, it is crucial to contact a medical professional as soon as possible. Please contact us to arrange for your personal consultation to find out more about the options that exist for treating skin cancers. Call our Aventura, FL office or contact us online to schedule your first appointment with Dr. Sárraga.
“Dr. Sárraga is the best plastic surgeon that you can find.”
He listens, provides great advice and the end results are impeccable. His nurses and staff are truly helpful and always there for you as well. I highly recommend him to anyone considering surgery. You won’t regret it!