Basal cell carcinoma (BCC)

What is BCC?

Basal cell carcinoma (BCC) is a types of skin cancer that is not melanoma, but is still skin cancer. There are many different forms of BCC, which range from a superficial variant to more invasive and erosive types. BCC originates from the stratum basale, or basal layer, of the epidermis, and that is why this cancer is called basal cell carcinoma.

Does BCC spread?

Unlike other forms of skin cancer, BCC tends to grow and affect tissues locally, rather than spread to distant sites. There still is a chance that it can spread, and there are particular high-risk areas for this, so you should have any BCC examined. Marc Seifman aims to guide you with your decision making process regarding any skin lesion you may have.

Does it have to be removed?

If you have a skin lesion which has been diagnosed as BCC, it should be treated. Depending on the type of BCC, you may be able to trial some other therapy options instead of surgery, which may include topical therapy with special medical creams. Marc Seifman can discuss this with you and aims to help guide you with your decision making process.

Will I have a scar?

Any time you have surgery that affects all the layers of the skin, a scar is formed. As a fully trained Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Marc Seifman is experienced in techniques that aim to both minimise any scarring, as well as hide the scarring in less noticeable places.

What is the process for treating my BCC?

To begin your journey with Marc Seifman, you will typically have an initial consultation to examine the skin lesion and see how we can help you. You may require a biopsy of the lesion as a separate procedure prior to any surgery, to determine the exact nature of the skin lesion.

It is important to remember that the initial consultation is a no obligation consultation. If you wish to proceed, we will schedule the surgery on a date that suits you. We will discuss the steps you need to take in the lead up to your surgery, and also on the day of your procedure.

After the procedure, you will likely have a dressing on the wound which should be kept clean and dry. Specific instructions will be given to you after the procedure. You may experience some discomfort a number of hours after the procedure once the effects of the local anaesthetic wear off, and these are usually easily addressed with pain medications that can be purchased over the counter at supermarkets or pharmacies. You should be able to go home on the same day, although this may be different if the procedure is performed in conjunction with another procedure, such as a graft or a flap.

You should be able to return to work within one to two days depending on what your regular occupation is. We advise against strenuous physical activity and exercise within the first two weeks.

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