Slow growing melanoma on the face

Posted by lk3xs @lk3xs, Feb 14 10:45am

I have had one melanoma 30 yrs ago and some basal cells cancers.
I just saw my Dermatologist and she was concerned about spots on my face. I would have called them “sun spots” but she said they can be a slow growing melanoma. I have them on both cheeks. I did have two spots removed for biopsy and she said she will discuss photo mapping with me when I return. She said doing a biopsy on the face can be scarring. BUT then alternative could be bad if put off or should I see a plastic surgeon. She just has me worried now.
Anyone had experience with these types on the face~cheeks. Thank you.

@lk3xs
I'm sorry this is happening to you.
I also had a dark spot on one of my cheeks which was biopsied. It turned out to be nothing concerning, Thank God! The biopsy left me with a tiny divot where they removed the piece to test. The divot looks about like a chicken pox scar. The worst part was wearing a bandaid on my face while waiting for the stitches to heal.
I researched a lot before the biopsy procedure and came to the conclusion that leaving something like this and just watching it is a recipe for disaster. I saw people who had large pieces of their face removed because they waited too long, one even lost an eye.
Cosmetic surgeons can do great things to mend tissue and skin loss if it comes to that but at this point I think a highly qualified dermatologist is your best first step.
Best of luck.
@jolinda

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@jolinda

@lk3xs
I'm sorry this is happening to you.
I also had a dark spot on one of my cheeks which was biopsied. It turned out to be nothing concerning, Thank God! The biopsy left me with a tiny divot where they removed the piece to test. The divot looks about like a chicken pox scar. The worst part was wearing a bandaid on my face while waiting for the stitches to heal.
I researched a lot before the biopsy procedure and came to the conclusion that leaving something like this and just watching it is a recipe for disaster. I saw people who had large pieces of their face removed because they waited too long, one even lost an eye.
Cosmetic surgeons can do great things to mend tissue and skin loss if it comes to that but at this point I think a highly qualified dermatologist is your best first step.
Best of luck.
@jolinda

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Thank you. So did you have your Dermatologist or a Plastic surgeon do the biopsy?

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The dermatologist did the biopsy and sent the sample to the lab for pathology. I was sent home with a kit of medical supplies so my hubby could remove the stitches when they were ready.

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@jolinda

The dermatologist did the biopsy and sent the sample to the lab for pathology. I was sent home with a kit of medical supplies so my hubby could remove the stitches when they were ready.

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My dermatologist sent me toa surgeon who didan in-office procedure to see how deep the cancer went (just one layer) sewed me, up and gave me an appointment to get the stitches removed the following week. All very professional and reassuring !Skin cancer is serious.

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@jolinda

The dermatologist did the biopsy and sent the sample to the lab for pathology. I was sent home with a kit of medical supplies so my hubby could remove the stitches when they were ready.

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Must be the hair color. My hair is about the color of yours!:)

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@lk3xs

Must be the hair color. My hair is about the color of yours!:)

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@lk3xs do you have an appointment for the biopsy and removal of the melanoma?

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@colleenyoung

@lk3xs do you have an appointment for the biopsy and removal of the melanoma?

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I am seeing my Dermatologist this week to get stitches out of two other places that where biopsied. She didn't say it was melanoma but "areas of concern" that could be a slow growing melanoma both on my cheeks larger than a quarter. I thought they were darker sun spots!?!?

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