Facial Reconstruction for Skin Cancer and Mohs
While Mohs surgery helps to limit the amount of tissue removed and preserve surrounding area, there is most often a resulting hole where the cancer has been removed. This deficit can be so small that it is left to heal on its own or it may large enough to require a flap of skin taken from a donor site. Every cancer is different and proper reconstruction requires expertise, experience, and good judgment. At the Summit, patients are fortunate to have the expertise of two experience physicians, Dr. Braza and Dr. Ricciardelli to reconstruct Mohs and skin cancer surgery defects.
Dr. Braza does most of the reconstructions that can be done under local anesthesia directly after the skin cancer is removed. Dr. Ricciardelli is most often treating larger reconstructions that might require general anesthesia or reconstruction in a hospital setting. Each offers a variety of techniques that produce outstanding and natural-looking results. There is no substitution for experience and understanding when you are considering reconstruction. No two reconstructions are exactly alike and Dr. Ricciardelli’s and Dr. Braza’s approach to your surgery will depend on your needs, goals and expectations.
Am I a good candidate for Mohs or skin cancer surgery reconstruction?
If you have had Mohs surgery on the face, neck or other areas where the smallest scar possible is important, then you are a good candidate for reconstruction. Your options for reconstruction will be thoroughly examined and discussed at your follow up appointment after your diagnosis of skin cancer.
What can I expect before and after reconstruction surgery?
So many specialized reconstructive techniques using sophisticated skin flaps and grafting are used during reconstruction making this a very difficult question. Every patient and cancer defect is different. In most cases, your reconstruction will be done in the office under local anesthesia. You will most likely go home the same day. In some cases, larger reconstructions are done in a hospital setting but generally do not require an overnight stay. Dr. Ricciardelli will meet with you to discuss your goals and expectations, as well as the best ways to minimize scarring. They may also recommend that you consult with our aesthetician about your options for improving the remaining scars during your recovery. After surgery, you will be given detailed instruction for your specific needs and surgery. Remember our staff is always available for your questions and concerns.
Why choose Summit Plastic Surgery and Dermatology?
It’s about confidence: confidence in your surgeon, confidence that your wishes and individual concerns will be heard, and confidence you will get the results you want. Our physicians have the experience and reputation that ensures you are trusting surgeons with a known track record in the area and the qualifications and certifications that recognize them on a regional and national level.
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Meet Dr. Thomas Braza
Dr. Braza is known for his good bedside manner and personal follow-up with his patients. He is committed to working closely with patients and referring physicians to make sure that the highest standard of patient care is provided. As a fellowship trained Mohs surgeon, “It is important to me that patients understand there are options for the treatment of skin cancer. While each patient is unique, my goal is to remove the cancer with the highest cure rate and giving them the best cosmetic result.” Read more…