Basal cell carcinoma may not always be life-threatening, but it can still pose a threat to the health of your skin. At The Herschthal Practice, we offer basal cell carcinoma treatment to help patients eliminate these growths and remove any cancerous cells. These treatments are available to patients living in Fort Lauderdale, Delray Beach, and Boca Raton, FL.
What is Basal Cell Carcinoma?
Basal cell carcinoma is one of the most common forms of skin cancer, occurring in the body’s basal cells, which are responsible for producing new skin cells. Basal cell carcinoma is caused by intense sun exposure, which damages the cells and triggers cancerous growths. Basal cell carcinomas look like open sores on the skin, most often developing on the face, neck, and other areas that are commonly exposed to the sun. Although this form of skin cancer rarely spreads, if it is left untreated it can cause permanent damage to the skin.
How is Basal Cell Carcinoma Treated?
Depending on the severity of the condition, there are a number of treatment options available for basal cell carcinoma. For less severe cases, we may recommend photodynamic therapy, or PDT. PDT involves the use of a topical medication that is activated with light energy. Once activated, it destroys the cancerous cells. In other cases, we may recommend Mohs surgery. With Mohs surgery, the cancerous tissue is carefully removed layer by layer, minimizing the damage done to healthy skin tissue. After each layer is removed, it is examined under a microscope to ensure that every cancerous cell has been eliminated. This process is repeated until the cancerous tissue is completely removed.
How is Recovery After Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment?
Recovery after basal cell carcinoma treatment will depend on the extent of treatment or surgery needed to eliminate the cancerous cells. Generally, patients are fully recovered from treatment within a week or two of their appointment. After this time, they are able to resume work and other regular activities. In some cases, we may recommend that you avoid exercise and other strenuous activities for a number of weeks after your treatment.
How Much Does Basal Cell Carcinoma Treatment Cost in Boca Raton, FL?
Basal cell carcinoma is a common form of skin cancer, and many insurance companies cover the procedures required to treat it. To determine if your insurance covers this treatment and if you will be responsible for any additional costs, schedule a consultation with us today. To help keep our treatments both affordable and accessible, we accept all major credit cards as well as financing through CareCredit®.
If you are located in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Boca Raton, or the surrounding areas of Florida, contact us today to schedule a consultation for your basal cell carcinoma treatment. The Herschthal Practice specializes in advanced treatment techniques that help patients eliminate cancerous growths before they pose a more serious threat.