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As a Mayo Clinic trained surgeon, Dr. Jess Prischmann has had the privilege of caring for patients from around the world with a spectrum of ailments, from common to extremely rare. This knowledge and experience have been incredibly valuable in her career as a facial plastic surgeon. Dr. Prischmann performs a variety of reconstructive procedures, including, but not limited to, the following:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

If you are researching facial reconstructive surgery, Dr. Prischmann provides the following insight into some common questions. If you have additional questions, or if you would like to meet with Dr. Prischmann for a consultation, please contact us today.

Does reconstructive surgery differ for children and teenagers?

Yes, reconstructive techniques for young patients differ in several ways. Children and teenagers do not have facial lines and wrinkles, which makes hiding scar lines more challenging. Young patients also heal quickly, which impacts the selection of suture materials and techniques. Lastly, selecting the technique with the very best cosmetic outcome is paramount in young patients.

How important is aftercare following reconstructive surgery?

Dr. Prischmann believes aftercare is critically important following reconstructive surgery. We typically see patients on the following schedule: the day after surgery, the day of suture removal, and then weekly thereafter for up to six weeks or longer. During this time, we look for opportunities to impact the healing process in a positive manner. Often, patients heal beautifully on their own and intensive follow-up is not required. In other cases, we utilize lasers, light-based devices, and other supporting techniques to ensure the best possible result.

What types of combination treatments are used in scar revision?

Scar revision can be very challenging. The best treatment depends entirely on the nature of each individual scar. Sometimes, thick scars can be flattened by simple steroid injections or topical silicone sheeting. In other cases, we use dermabrasion, laser skin resurfacing, or fractionated laser resurfacing to flatten or blend scars. And lastly, surgical techniques (cutting out the scar) can also be helpful in camouflaging scars.

Can a mole be removed without leaving a scar?

There is no way to remove a mole without leaving a scar. If a mole is raised, it can be treated by shaving it down. While this will not “remove” it, it will flatten it so it doesn’t appear as noticeable. This method does not typically leave a scar. 

If you want to permanently remove a mole, it needs to be surgically excised. This requires sutures and will leave a scar. A consultation will answer any questions and help decide which option is best for you. 

If you would like to learn more about facial reconstructive surgery, or if you are interested in meeting with Dr. Prischmann for a consultation, please contact us today.

Dr. Prischmann accepts most major insurances. Verification of benefits occurs during the consultation/scheduling process.