Basal cell carcinoma is a common yet easily treatable form of skin cancer. At Baldone Reina Dermatology, we are proud to offer basal cell carcinoma treatment to the men and women living in Slidell, New Orleans, Covington and the Northshore, LA.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is a form of skin cancer that affects the basal cells. Like other forms of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma commonly develops in areas that are frequently exposed to the sun. This includes areas like the face, neck and arms. The basal cells are responsible for producing new skin cells as old skin cells die. If you are affected by basal cell carcinoma, you may notice bumps, lumps or ulcers that develop on the skin’s surface. Fortunately, basal cell carcinoma can be successfully treated when detected early.
How Much Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost?
If you choose to pursue basal cell carcinoma treatment at Baldone Reina Dermatology, you will first have a consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists. During this consultation, we will assess your current condition in order to determine the best approach for your treatment. In many cases, the cost of basal cell carcinoma treatment is covered by health insurance. After developing your treatment plan and determining your health insurance coverage, we will be able to provide you with the cost of treatment.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Like?
At Baldone Reina Dermatology, we perform traditional excisional surgery as well as Mohs surgery for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma. Mohs surgery is an advanced technique that eliminates cancerous skin tissue layer by layer, preventing damage to healthy skin tissue while ensuring the complete removal of cancerous cells. This treatment is performed in-office using local anesthesia. During treatment, we first remove the layer of skin where the cancerous growth is located. The skin will then be examined under a microscope to determine if there are additional cancerous cells remaining. If there are, we will remove the next affected layer, repeating this process until all cancerous cells are eliminated.
What is the Recovery Period Like Following Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Regardless of the technique used, recovery from basal cell carcinoma treatment is usually minimal- with complete healing within one to two weeks. However, your exact recovery will vary depending on the extent of treatment performed. We will provide you with post-operative instructions to ensure you have a smooth recovery. Most patients are able to return to their usual activities within days of treatment.
Baldone Reina Dermatology is proud to specialize in Mohs surgery as a form of basal cell carcinoma treatment. If you are located in Covington, Mandeville, New Orleans or the neighboring areas of Louisiana, contact us today to schedule your initial consultation.