Reconstructive Procedures After Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in the United States. Many individuals who develop this reconstructive condition undergo Mohs micrographic surgery for treatment. In some cases, Dr. Jess Prischmann, our extensively experienced facial plastic surgeon, will be requested by patients and surgeons to help perform a reconstructive procedure following Mohs surgery, particularly one that involves a delicate area of the face.
Who Is a Good Candidate?
Any patient who has recently undergone Mohs micrographic surgery may be qualified for reconstruction with Dr. Prischmann, who specializes in surgery of the head and neck.
How Is the Surgery Performed?
This will vary depending on the area of concern and the unique anatomical needs and goals of the patient. Dr. Prischmann will develop a customized treatment plan for each individual during the initial consultation, which typically occurs the day after the Mohs operation. After meeting and performing an examination, she will carefully outline an approach that can achieve the best results possible.
In most cases, sedation or anesthesia will be used during the repair procedure; however, this is not always necessary. Patient comfort is the highest priority for us, and we will discuss all available options during the initial consultation.
What Is the Recovery?
As with the surgery, this will depend largely on the area to be treated, the extent of the repair required, and the patient’s unique rate of healing. Dr. Prischmann will provide a general timetable of when to expect the recovery process to be completed, as well as instructions to follow to help ensure healing occurs as quickly and successfully as possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are interested in learning more about reconstructive surgery following Mohs treatment Dr. Prischmann has answered some common questions about the treatment. Please take a look at our Mohs Skin Cancer Repair FAQs for additional information.
Kristin’s Story: One Patient’s Tale of Strength and Resilience After Facial Reconstruction
The treatment and recovery process for some individuals who undergo facial reconstruction after skin cancer can be both physically and emotionally challenging. The thing to remember is that you are not alone. One of our patients, Kristin, has graciously agreed to share her experience with skin cancer and facial reconstruction. She has a number of tips and suggestions that can help patients get through the process with hope, strength, and a focus on the ultimate goal.
If you have additional questions about skin cancer reconstructive surgery, or if you would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Prischmann, please contact our office today.