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Preventative Skin Cancer Methods For Your Nose

At San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery, we offer reconstructive surgery after Mohs micrographic surgery. This is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancer in sensitive areas, such as the face and nose. Here is a picture of a common type of cancer on the nose called Basal Cell Carcinoma.

Specialized dermatologic surgeons who limit their practice to treating skin cancer patients perform this surgery. After the cancer removal, Dr. Ransom has extensive experience in the reconstruction of the resulting effects of the Mohs procedure.

It’s important to remember that protecting your nose from the harmful rays of the sun can help prevent skin cancer. Here are a few ways you can combat those rays and prevent skin cancer on your face.

  1. No matter how big or small your nose is, it always protrudes out further from the rest of your face and is more susceptible to receiving the sun’s harsh rays. A sun hat with a brim that is at least 3 inches wide would protect your nose and the rest of your face from sunburn. Choose an under-brim that is darker in color. These brims absorb more of the UV rays that are reflected up to your face by water, snow and sand.
  2. The sun is the brightest between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Try avoiding your nose to sun at this time. If you must be outside at this time, always seek out shade.
  3. Always apply at least 30 SPF to you entire face. You can apply opaque zinc oxide to your nose for an additional measure of protection.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Evan Ransom