Skin Cancer Reconstruction Before and After Photos
Skin cancer is extremely common in sunny southwest florida. While our surgeons do not remove skin cancer, as that is the expertise of dermatologists, they work with several dermatologists in the area to reconstruct facial defects. Skin cancer removal of basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, and melanomas are performed by local dermatologists multiple times a day.
When the removal of skin cancer on an area with limited skin such as the nose, lips, ears, etc… results in a large opening or defect, our surgeons are sometimes asked to help reconstruct the area. This can involve one or multiple staged complex surgeries with skin grafts, local flaps of skin, or tissue recruited from adjacent areas. The goal is to have the area of reconstruction be as undetectable as possible, so as to restore confidence and self esteem. Often, patients’ appearance is significantly altered by skin cancer removal, and there are numerous plastic surgical techniques to repair this. It is an emotionally distressing process that takes a toll on an individual’s self esteem.
Having extensive aesthetic and reconstructive training, our plastic surgeons are well versed in various skin cancer reconstructive techniques. They are empathetic and will help you navigate this difficult process. While it is impossible to avoid a scar, our plastic surgeons will try to minimize the scarring and place the scars in areas that are less detectable. We invite you to consult with one of our plastic surgeons to learn about the various options to reconstruct your facial defect after skin cancer removal.
* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.