Skin Cancer Doc on Beauty & Sun Safety Tips

enjoy the sun1 in every 5 Americans will develop skin cancer, but now gone are the days of disfiguring scars or having to seek additional costly cosmetic reconstruction after skin cancer removal treatment as the #1 skin cancer doctor, top plastic surgeon, and founder of the world renownedSkin Cancer Center (, located near Seattle, Dr. Justin Piasecki, has pioneered plastic micrographic surgery, a unique procedure that combines the Mohs surgery withcosmetic reconstruction, making it the most effective (99% cure rate), cost/time efficient, and convenient approach to skin cancer care. Dr. Piasecki is the sole surgeon in the world certified to offer this one-of-a-kind solution and the Skin Cancer Center the only one-stop facility that allows patients the opportunity to have reconstructive surgery following their skin cancer surgery in the same outpatient setting.

 Check out this video of Dr. Piasecki’s “The Doctors”:  





Plastic Micrographic Surgery: Dr. Piasecki pioneered this treatment which combines Mohs Surgery and Cosmetic Plastic Surgery. Please see the following surgery before and after photos on the right.  

mohs before and after


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  • Dr. Piasecki’s method streamlines the process = less expensive, fewer follow-ups, fewer consults and safer

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  • Plastic Micrographic Surgery is the latest advance in skin cancer treatment which combines Mohs surgery (highest cure rate) with cosmetic reconstructive surgery for the highest cure rate and best cosmetic results. 

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  • Dr. Piasecki can also combine skin cancer surgery with minor cosmetic surgery – eyelids, nose, etc. tvo reduce downtime.

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  •   Mohs micrographic surgery involves removing a skin cancer one layer at a time and examining these layers under a microscope immediately after they are removed. This procedure allows for a close examination of each layer of skin to detect cancer cells and allows for a minimal amount of tissue to be removed while ensuring complete removal of all the cancer cells.

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Summer Skin Prevention Cancer Tips (May is “Skin Cancer Awareness Month

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  •  Cancer warning signs include a spot or sore that continues to itch, hurt, scab, or bleed for over two weeks. Also: any growth, mole, beauty mark or brown spot that changes in color, texture, size, thickness, is irregular and asymmetrical, and bigger than the size of a pencil eraser.

  • ·         Use sunscreen frequently and liberally, even on cloudy or hazy days.

  • ·         Makeup with SPF is no substitute for sunscreen- it’s about 14 times less effective and 1/3 of skin cancers occur above the neck

  • ·         Do NOT go to a tanning machine to get a base tan, it radiates your skin in a harmful way.

  • ·         Purchase a “broad spectrum” or “full spectrum” sunscreen.  This provides protection from every form of light.

  • ·         There are two types of light that can harm your skin- UVA and UVB.

  • ·         No one agrees on a “good SPF number,” but a minimum of 30 is recommended by most.

  • ·         Studies have shown that certain red foods- particularly tomatoes and apples, help reduce the risk of sunburn.

  • ·         Check the sunscreen expiration date. Its shelf life is shortened if exposed to high temperatures.  A good suggestion is to start fresh each summer.

  • ·         Some ingredients to look for in sunscreen include avobenzone, cinoxate, ecamsule, oxybenzone, and sulisobenzone.

  • ·         To increase clothing SPF, use laundry additives like Sun Guard.  One packet washes a skin-saving SPF 30 into every garment which lasts up to 20 washes.

  • ·         Sunglasses protect your eyes from UV rays and reduce the risk of cataracts.  They also protect delicate skin around the eyes.

  • ·         People often forget about their scalp- mist your scalp and hairline with a spray sunscreen.

  • ·         When sunburned, take anti inflammatory medication like Aspirin or Ibuprofen on a regular basis.

  • ·         There is no “best” sunscreen – the best one for you is the one you can afford, is convenient and comfortable.