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What should I expect from skin-cancer surgery?

If surgery is the choice for your type of cancer, assuming the cancer isn’t too big, your doctor will probably remove it in the office, using a local anesthesia. Even when a spot looks small on the surface, it may be wide and/or deep underneath, so it’s not always possible to tell how large the excision will be in advance. Your doctor will choose the best option based on your particular type of cancer. With surgery, you’ll have stitches for a week or two, and a scar will develop. Four to six weeks later, your doctor should check to make sure your body isn’t pumping out too much collagen at the scar site, which can produce a hypertrophic scar, one that is raised about half an inch and is often itchy and uncomfortable.

From The Mind-Beauty Connection: 9 Days to Less Stress, Gorgeous Skin, and a Whole New You by Amy Wechsler.

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