Understanding Skin Cancer

Skin Cancers occur all over the body. More likely to occur in sun exposed areas like the face and hands but can occur anywhere from the toes to the groin to the scalp.

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer you can come to Dr. Jacobsen’s office and he will help you remove it completely.

If you thank you have a suspicious area on your skin you should consult your family doctor he dermatologist or see Dr. Jacobsen A he can help you sort this out and help you make the proper diagnosis.

Once you are diagnosed with skin cancer it should be treated as soon as possible. Surgical removal is often the best and quickest solution for you.

Dermatologist and family doctor as well as sometimes use freezing or shaving or some chemical treatments for mild skin cancers.  Dr. Jacobsen removes these areas surgically in a fine fashion and surgically closes them in a fine fashion.

Patients often asked if Dr. Jacobsen does Mohs surgery. At our office we perform what we call slow Mohs surgery. Dermatologists are Mohs surgeons but are not plastic surgeons.  In a Mohs surgeons’ office they will remove some tissue and then possibly some additional tissue and some possibly additional tissue while you wait in the office while they examine the tissue under the microscope for you. This is very effective to remove the cancer completely. This often leaves a wound that requires reconstruction and often patients are referred to Dr. Jacobsen is a plastic and reconstructive surgeon to fix these wounds.

Dr. Jacobsen performs the slow Mohs surgery technique and in this way, we remove the skin cancer and some extra skin around it to make sure that is completely excised.  It is then sent to the laboratory for pathologic review.  We usually receive the pathology results the next day to determine whether it is completely excised or not.  The procedure usually takes less than 15 minutes to perform and to get to go home with no wound.  Occasionally we are surprised that the pathology report from the laboratory reveals that there are positive margins and we will ask you to return to us for further excision.  This often is disappointing to patients and disappointing to us as well.  But it should not be disappointing.  Coming to our office on 2 occasions may be less time than it would be to remain in a Mohs surgery office for the entire morning or afternoon.

But it is important to completely remove skin cancer and to preserve the appearance of your critical structures of your face whether you plan to do it with a Mohs surgeon or with Dr. Jacobsen.  But we will remove your skin cancer in its entirety safely and reconstruct you finely.

Usually removal of your skin cancer is a short office procedure is best for you. If the cancer is large or complicated it can be done in the operating room under anesthesia. The cancer should be removed in its entirety with “clear margins”. This means under the microscope there is no more cancer on the edges.


Key Points

  • With most skin cancers, like basal cell cancers and squamous cell cancers this surgical removal is the cure!
  • Once the skin cancer is removed the wound must be closed as perfectly as possible to minimize your scar and maximize your function!  We can do this for you.
  • Dr. Jacobson has removed thousands of skin cancers for patients over the years from head to toe.
  • Dr. Jacobsen can help you with your skin cancer removal and a finely done repair of your skin.
  • Most removals can be done in the office with local anesthesia. Much larger skin cancers can require a short outpatient anesthesia.
  • Some skin cancers after removal require just fine suturing techniques, some require flaps or grafts or both!


Call us or email us with you skin cancer question and we will be happy to help you right away!


Developing skin cancer in phoenix is common. Skin cancer comes in many forms, and sometimes it is difficult to see the skin cancer with the naked eye. Sometimes when his skin cancers removed and has to be removed again if it cannot be seen immediately by the naked eye. As one of the most trusted Phoenix skin cancer specialist, patients come to Dr. Jacobsen to have the cancer removed, but also to be made whole after the operation and be reconstructed properly. With this goal in mind Dr. Jacobsen does his best to have your cancers removed with a minimal amount of soft tissue particularly around the eyelids nose or lips or face where excessively excision of skin could cause a deformity. Reconstruction and maintained of facial appearance and function is very important to you and to Dr. Jacobsen. Sometimes patients are disappointed that they have to return for further excision and it must be kept in mind that any surgeon can always get the entire cancer out the first time if a large area is removed every time but this is not best for the patient is usually these critical anatomic areas need to have every millimeter of tissue preserved.  So there is always a balance between resection of the tumor completely but with not excessive skin. Dr. Jacobsen will help you with this when he consults with you. All of the specimens and Dr. Jacobsen’s office goes to the pathology laboratory where it is taken to their laboratory each day from Dr. Jacobsen’s office and looked at under the microscope the next day.  Melanomas however require 2 or 3 days of evaluation but other cancers usually can have the results back the next day or the day after. Dr. Jacobsen’s staff will call you as soon as we get these pathology reports as we know you are quite concerned about having this removed. We also always send the report to your referring doctor and dermatologist so that the circle is complete and everybody is well-informed. If you’re looking for skin cancer removal in Phoenix please feel free to contact Dr. Jacobsen’s office

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  • review rating 5  Dr. Jacobsen and his entire office staff was a great experience for me. I was referred to his office after my MOHS procedure that left my face in worse shape than I had hoped for. It was a drive across town for me and it was well worth it. I was concerned about the state of the open wound on my face and desired the best outcome possible, I was worried. From the moment I stepped into his office I felt at ease. Several things impressed me with Dr. Jacobsen and his office staff. First and foremost was the ease of communication both directly in office and submitting documents and photos via his website and/or email. The ability to reach out to and get a response from the doctor 24/7 is so nice. Each person I spoke to was helpful and was mindful and sensitive to my needs. Dr. Jacobsen was great, he was very personable, very easy to talk to you, he answered all my questions, and was confident in his skill. I truly felt it was a blessing to be referred to and treated by Dr. Jacobsen. Lastly, Dr. Jacobsen's office is beautifully designed and decorated and includes WIFI, these little things all help with setting the right environment. I left Dr. Jacobsen office in far better shape than when I arrived. His many years of experience is evident in his work.

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  • review rating 5  Great experience with Dr Jacobsen. I had a tummy tuck, breast lift with implant exchange and I am very happy with the results. Dr. J came to the hospital the night after I had the surgery to check on me. Very impressed. Dr J did a wonderful job and I will highly recommend him. "High Class" Doctor and office as well. Thank you. (01/10/19)

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  • review rating 5  Incredible does not begin to describe Dr. J and his amazing staff! From my first consultations to any questions I had post op, I was treated like I was the only patient. Dr. J is a true professional who cares about his patients. Without hesitation, I highly recommend Dr. J!!

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  • review rating 5  Dr J is a kind, compassionate, extremely gifted surgeon. I’ve now had two procedures preformed by him and both he explained and executed beautifully. He is always there to answer questions before and after surgery. You will most likely wait about a hour longer then your expected appointment time but he is definitely worth the wait.

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  • review rating 5  I honestly cannot say enough about the entire experience. From the girls at the front to Dr. J, nothing was short of first class excellence met with an one of a kind feeling of being amongst people who really care. Whether its the little things of being offered water for every visit or Dr. J himself, you just get an incredible unrivaled experience here. Dr. J is extremely nice and genuine to say the least, and his work shows! I had a nasty raised scar from a dog bite and was really nervous to have that taken out, but the whole experience was virtually painless and smooth. Not to mention what Dr. J did was just flat out impressive. I can barely even tell there was anything there to begin with..so so thankful.

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  • review rating 5  I'm having a hard time with this because, I can't say enough good things about this office! Dr. Jacobsen is an amazing surgeon. He is always available, for any questions or concern. His staff go way beyond any other office I have seen. They are more than helpful with insurance, appointments, or any issue or questions. The office is both beautiful, and comfy. Like I said can't say enough.

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  • review rating 5  My experience with Dr Jacobsen, MD has been a unbelievable first time experience for my procedure. He is a extremely skilled surgeon that that I would highly recommend. He is professional, compassionate, knowledgeable and has excellent bedside manners. Do not hesitate to set up a free consultation, your will never regret it. Jim K. 4/15/18

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  • review rating 5  I couldn't be happier with my procedure. Dr. J has the most kind and relaxing manner and he is the ultimate professional. I had a fatty tumor on my forehead that he removed, as well as breast reconstruction. The breast reconstruction was overdue as I had breast cancer with multiple lumpectomies, biopsies and radiation. It left the tissue hard and my old implant like a rock. He was able to correct all of the problems and I'm much happier with my appearance. Although you may find it odd at first that you can't get anyone by phone their response time is amazing. I emailed the office on a Sunday afternoon that I had a problem and within ten minutes (no exaggeration) I had a text back that a prescription had been called in to my pharmacy. I've had procedures with other doctors around the Valley and never had an experience more pleasant, nor one which I was happier with the results.

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  • review rating 5  Dr. William Jacobsen and his entire staff are all very educated, professional and extremely responsive to any questions or concerns. They set up very real expectations for me after taking the time to help me understand what was hoped to be achieved. I have been treated with the highest respect and kindness. Dr. Jacobsen has an extraordinary bedside manner and met my needs and expectations in every way! With future facial and cranial reconstructive surgery to be performed, I am confident in facing the future with the care and golden hands of Dr. William Jacobsen.

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  • review rating 5  Dr. Jacobsen is a highly skilled and compassionate surgeon. He removed a malignant melanoma from the left side of my face. He was thorough and precise. I am now cancer free. The result is outstanding. Dr. Jacobsen and his staff are outstanding when it come to communication! I left a voice mail at his office on a Saturday morning and Dr. Jacobsen called me back himself within 15 minutes! He requested me to immediately email photos and the lab report. I did so and again heard back from him within 15 minutes! His web site has links to contact the office directly. This type contact is promptly answered. I highly recommend Dr. Jacobsen.

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Dr. William Jacobsen
Plastic Surgery
2525 East Arizona
​Biltmore Circle, Ste C236
Phoenix, AZ  85016

Phone: 602-212-0100
Fax: 602.279.1701

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