Melanoma is one of the most serious forms of skin cancer, but it can be successfully treated when detected early and approached with the right techniques. Baldone Reina Dermatology offers melanoma treatment to patients living in Covington, Mandeville, the Northshore and New Orleans, LA.
What is Melanoma?
Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer that develops in the pigment-producing skin cells. Like other forms of skin cancer, it is typically caused by excessive sun exposure that causes damage to the skin via ultraviolet radiation. Since melanoma affects pigment cells, it usually begins with abnormal changes or growth in moles. To learn more about detecting melanoma and other skin cancers, visit our page on cancer screening. Although serious, melanoma can be successfully treated when detected early.
How Much Does Melanoma Treatment Cost?
If you choose to pursue melanoma 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 melanoma 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 Melanoma Treatment Like?
At Baldone Reina Dermatology, we perform excisional surgery for the treatment of most melanoma. If a melanoma is beyond the first stages of growth, we will refer you to a specialist in melanoma removal, as you may require more extensive surgery. For some thin melanomas, known as lentigo malignant melanoma, we offer Mohs’ surgery. Slow Mohs’ 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.
What is the Recovery Period Like Following Melanoma Treatment?
Recovery from melanoma treatment is comparable to any cutaneous surgery. 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.
To learn more about melanoma treatment or to schedule your consultation at Baldone Reina Dermatology, contact us today. We are proud to offer Mohs surgery for the treatment of melanoma to residents of Slidell, Covington, New Orleans and the nearby areas in Louisiana.