What to expect during your consultation

The first step in treating skin cancer is a consultation with your plastic surgeon. The success and safety of your skin cancer surgery depends very much on your complete candidness during your consultation. You’ll be asked a number of questions about your health, desires and lifestyle.

Be prepared to discuss:

  • Your type of skin cancer
  • Medical conditions, drug allergies and medical treatments
  • Use of current medications, vitamins, herbal supplements, alcohol, tobacco and drugs
  • Previous surgeries
  • The likely outcomes of your treatment and any risks or potential complications

Your surgeon may also:

  • Evaluate your general health status and any other pre-existing health conditions or risk factors
  • Examine your skin
  • Take photographs for your medical record
  • Discuss your options and recommend a course of treatment
  • Discuss likely outcomes of surgery and any risks or potential complications