Understanding Melanoma

Melanoma occurs all over the body. It can occur inside the body as well. But mostly it is in the skin. It is devastating and terrifying once you hear you have melanoma. But it can be treated and should be treated with surgery quickly. If you search the web on melanoma it can be confusing and sometimes terrifying. Dr. Jacobsen can explain these issues to you simply. It has to be treated differently than other skin cancers. A wider area or margin of skin around the melanoma must be removes to prevent future recurrence. In some cases, a lymph node form the area must be removed as well.

The cancer should be removed in its entirety with “clear margins”. This means under the microscope there is no more cancer on the edges. Also further “extra” skin must be removed to prevent it from returning. The severity or the curability of the melanoma is most directly related to its thickness in millimeters called the “Breslow’s Depth”. Dr. Jacobsen can explain this to you.

Once the cancer is removed the wound must be closed as perfectly as possible to minimize your scar and maximize your function! Dr. Jacobsen works with specialty oncologists as well to help your overall care and follow up your removal. Dr. Jacobsen can help you with your melanoma cancer removal and a finely done repair of your body and skin. Call us or email us with you skin cancer question and we will help you.

Dr J and his staff look forward to understanding the details of your unique case, desires and aspirations, and to providing you with realistic, safe and attainable results that leave you looking beautiful, and truly feeling like yourself. Take the first step toward your healing or rejuvenating procedure with Dr J by filling out our contact form to request a consultation, or to inquire about any of the services we offer. We look forward to treating you!

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Dr J and his staff are committed to providing you with exceptional and compassionate care. On behalf of our entire team, we invite you to request a consultation to talk to Dr J about your goals, expectations and aspirations. We can’t wait to find out how our 20-plus years of experience in cosmetic and functional plastic surgery can help change your life, and make you a happier, healthier person.

Dr. William Jacobsen
Plastic Surgery
2400 East Arizona
​Biltmore Circle, Ste 2450
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Phone: 602-212-0100
Fax: 602.279.1701

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Dr J considers every surgery an opportunity to express his vision with his patients, and believes in natural, beautiful results that leave you feeling confident and beautiful, but most importantly, feeling like yourself. From extremely rare and complex surgical cases, to cosmetic surgery, Dr J has the experience, compassion and understanding to help you achieve your surgical goals.

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