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Skin cancer treatment at Foothills Dermatology & Facial Plastic Surgery provides for continuity in care to preserve healthy skin, prevent reoccurrence, and deliver aesthetically pleasing results. Our philosophy for treating skin cancer in Tucson, Arizona is focused on a coordinated plan to combine renewed health with pleasing aesthetics through an interdisciplinary approach that includes Dr. Orlick, Dr. Olson and University of Arizona treatment professionals as needed.

To learn more about our methods for skin cancer treatment, call (520) 731-1110 or click here to request an initial consultation with our providers. We serve men and women from Green Valley, Casas Adobes, Sierra Vista, and other nearby communities.

Selecting Skin Cancer Treatment

Our skin cancer treatment plans are highly individualized and focus on the least invasive approach possible. Options include:

  • Photodynamic therapy (PDT) involves the use of a photosensitizing drug that triggers an oxygen molecule to destroy AK (actinic keratoses), superficial basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma in situ when exposed to a light source.
  • Cryosurgery is a super-cooling technique that targets precancerous tumors smaller than 1 cm, providing a minimally invasive approach for reduced scarring and discomfort when compared to more invasive treatments.
  • Targeted surgical excision may be performed for larger cancerous areas, with the goal of preserving healthy skin and providing cosmetically pleasing results.
  • Imiquimod cream stimulates your immune system to help your body fight actinic keratosis and superficial basal cell carcinoma.

Skin cancer treatment plans may also include facial plastic surgery treatments. If you are looking for a skin cancer specialist in the Tucson area, our team can provide solutions for your skin health.

Frequently Asked Questions

What will happen at my initial consultation?

During your initial consultation, your skin will be thoroughly evaluated and treatment options will be reviewed so you can put your mind at ease. You can also learn about alternatives to treatment so you can make a well informed decision. If you decide to have skin cancer treatment and facial cosmetic surgery, Dr. Olson and Dr. Orlick will develop your treatment plan together. They will also involve University of Arizona treatment providers when necessary. Because Dr. Orlick and Dr. Olson provide coordinated continuity in care, insurance billing couldn't be easier so you can focus on recovery.

How will I know what my skin will look like following the procedure?

You can view before and after photos to obtain an idea of the results our professionals have achieved for other patients like you during your consultation. You'll be provided with information about what you can expect given your specific skin concern.

Are these techniques painful?

Slight discomfort may occur during treatment, but topical anesthetics and pain medication can relieve any minor discomfort that you may experience. The peace of mind of knowing that your skin cancer concern is being addressed by a highly competent and capable team more than makes up for any physical discomfort.

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