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Skin Cancer

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States and, as with other forms of cancer, surgical intervention may be necessary to remove cancerous growths. Men and women struggling with certain kinds of skin cancer can turn to board certified plastic surgeon Dr. Dan Shell.

Dr. Shell has years of extensive training and experience performing various skin cancer surgeries. Using advanced surgical techniques, Dr. Shell can preserve both your health and appearance. Dr. Shell understands your concerns and will guide you through the treatment process.

Who Is the Right Candidate for Skin Cancer Surgery?

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, you may be a potential candidate for surgery. Skin cancer surgery may be able to treat:

  • Melanoma
  • Basal cell carcinoma
  • Irregular moles
  • Other types of skin cancer

Though skin cancer can occur anywhere on the body, it appears most often on the face, head or neck regions. Following a thorough examination, along with discussion of your medical history, Dr. Shell will be able to determine if skin cancer surgery is the best option available for you.


There are numerous factors to consider before committing to any surgical procedure. Below is a list of frequently asked questions associated with skin cancer surgery in our Northern Mississippi plastic surgery office:

What happens during skin cancer surgery?

A general or local anesthesia will be administered prior to surgery. There are various removal techniques that may implemented, which depend on the size, type and location of your lesion. A small or contained lesion may be removed through excision (removal by cutting). More invasive removal techniques may require reconstructive surgery.

What should I expect during recovery?

Your recovery process will heavily depend on the extent of your surgery. Dr. Shell will provide you with personalized postoperative care instructions. It is common for patients to experience some swelling and discomfort in the treatment area for several days. Incision sites may sore, red, or drain small amounts of fluid. Sutures are typically removed within a week; however, healing will continue for several months, and incision scars will begin to heal and fade.

Can skin cancer come back after skin cancer surgery?

Following treatment, there is the chance that you may develop skin cancer in the future. If skin cancer does come back it may occur in the same place, nearby, or on another region of your body. The best way to prevent a recurrence is to protect yourself from the sun.

Adhering to safe sun practices such as applying a daily sunscreen and wearing clothing to cover exposed areas of your skin can reduce your risk of recurrence. Those who are at a high risk for skin cancer should also see their doctor on a yearly basis to check for skin cancer.

What are some of the risks associated with skin cancer surgery?

As with any surgical procedure, there are inherent risks associated with skin cancer surgery. Some risks may include infection, scarring, excessive bleeding, wound dehiscence, seromas, nerve dysfunction, and hematoma. Dr. Shell and his staff will discuss these risks in detail with you prior to surgery.

Why should I choose Dr. Shell for skin cancer surgery?

During your consultation, Dr. Shell will listen carefully to your concerns, ensuring that all treatments are customized to meet your goals. His practice uses the latest technology in a comfortable and confidential setting. Dr. Shell is certified by The American Board of Plastic Surgery and The American Board of Surgery. He is also a member of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons and a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons.

Schedule Your Consultation

Dr. Dan Shell is a double board certified plastic surgeon with years of experience performing skin cancer surgery in Northern Mississippi. If you’re considering skin cancer surgery, he would be happy to sit down with you and explain the process in detail. His practice serves Northern Mississippi. His office is located in Oxford, MS. Call 662-236-6465 or email us to set up a consultation today.

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