Get rid of unsightly skin and soft tissue tumours and regain your confidence. At Geoplasty Plastic Surgery, we examine your problem and determine if it is benign or malignant, offering the safest, most effective treatment, tailored to your needs.
What skin and soft tissue tumours are
Tumours may develop on any part of the human body, on the skin or on soft tissue (fat, muscle). These tumours may be benign or malignant.
Benign skin tumours
Benign tumours are:
- Cysts (sebaceous, mucinous, dermoid, ganglia, coccyx, etc.) – It is likely that they are accompanied with a local inflammation. In this case, antibiotics are recommended prior to surgical dissection.
- Hyperkeratosis (senile, radial and seborrhoeic) – It is skin hyperplasia and it might be dark or white. Solar radiation and skin ageing contribute to their development. They have to be removed, especially the radial ones, which are precancerous lesions.
- Papillomas or skin tags – They are skin tumours arising from a viral infection. They have to be removed because of their tendency to magnify and grow in numbers.
- Warts – They are skin lesions from a viral infection (e.g. human papillomavirus, HPV). They usually appear on the palms and soles of the feet.
- Keloids – They are deformed scars which increase in size. Their cause is unknown and they are observed in people with predisposition. Each case is treated individually.
- Lipomas – They are capsulated tumours of the adipose connective tissue, diffused or multilobular.
Neurogenic tumours are benign tumours, as well as rhinophyma, vascular malformations (hemangiomas) and other types of tumours.
Malignant skin tumours (skin cancer)
Malignant tumours include:
- Basal cell carcinomas (BCC) – It is the most common histological type. They have the form of a small nodule with pearl-like borders. They are usually a light red colour and mainly appear on the torso.
- Squamus cell carcinomas (SCC) – It is the second most common type of skin cancer and the first of the mucosas. They usually appear on the head and the limbs. They tend to spread fast and metastasise to the lymph nodes. Their typical clinical presentation is marked by a subserosal, semi-hard tumour with haemorrhagic granulation in the centre.
- Sarcomas – They make up approximately 6% of malignant skin tumours. They include dermofibrosarcoma, fibroblastic sarcoma, hemangiosarcoma, Kaposi sarcoma, lymphatic sarcoma, liposarcoma, leiomyosarcoma and the malignant peripheral nerve sheath tumour. They are extremely aggressive tumours, with a high recurrence rate.
How malignant skin tumours appear
The most common causes of malignant skin and soft tissue tumours are:
- Excessive sun exposure, especially for people with fair skin and sun burns in childhood.
- Positive family history.
- Weak immune system.
- Older ages.
Why you need to see a plastic surgeon for skin tumours
Even if skin tumour removal is relatively easy, it requires specialised knowledge by a plastic surgeon who will be able to:
- Make a clinical differential diagnosis of your skin lesion.
- Remove the lesion properly, providing a permanent solution to your problem.
- Ensure a flawless cosmetic result, especially if the lesion is located on the face.
A surgeon in experienced reconstructive plastic surgery also addresses deficits from the removal of skin tumours:
- Restoring functionality in the area.
- Providing an acceptable aesthetic result.
How skin tumours are removed
The removal procedure depends on the type of the tumour, benign or malignant.
The removal of benign tumours is usually performed with local anaesthesia or anaesthetic cream. In the case of an extended lesion, hospitalisation is required.
The safest solution is a simple surgical excision in conjunction with histological examination of the lesion.
If the doctor is 100% certain that it is not a malignancy, then he may remove the lesion using one of the following methods:
- LASER CO2.
If it is a malignant tumour, then it requires:
- Surgical removal of the lesion, with a wider margin excision.
In some cases of malignancy, lymph node dissection may be required simultaneously, as well as additional chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
The experienced and qualified staff of Geoplasty Plastic Surgery will advise you about your options and will brief you on your recovery.
Why choose us for removal of skin tumours
If you have some skin lesion that has changed or bothers you, at Geoplasty Plastic Surgery, we offer the most contemporary and reliable techniques for removal of skin tumours.
Dr Georgopoulos has long experience in the treatment of skin and soft tissue tumours, which he acquired at Agios Savvas General Anticancer-Oncology Hospital of Athens, as well as through his commitment to reconstructive and cosmetic surgery. On your first visit, he will examine you thoroughly and guide you responsibly on what you need to do, offering 100% safety for your health.
Furthermore, the experienced and qualified staff of Geoplasty Plastic Surgery will advise you accordingly for your smooth recovery.
Book an appointment to find out all about the risks of a skin tumour, as well as every available option that reconstructive plastic surgery may offer you: