Plastic Surgery for Skin Cancer Removal

Skin cancer affects millions of people in the U.S. each year. When identified early and removed, most types of skin cancer are treatable. Moh’s surgery is one of the most effective ways to remove skin cancer cells and stop the spread of this deadly disease. Unfortunately, this surgery does require layers of skin and tissue be removed to ensure all the cancer is gone. To reduce disfigurement, plastic surgery can be performed during or after Moh’s surgery to preserve a natural appearance.

Many skin cancer lesions appear on the face, neck, arms or chest where the skin is more likely to be exposed. When skin cancer is removed through Moh’s surgery, it can leave a hole where the skin and tissue was removed. While many surgeons and dermatologists can perform Moh’s surgery, they may not have the skills to restore the skin and tissue appearance.

Restoration Facial Plastic Surgery

Many times, skin cancer can occur on facial features. When removed with Moh’s surgery from eyelids, lips or the nose, it can alter the appearance of the face. Facial reconstruction to restore the skin and tissue can help patients recovering from skin cancer feel and look like themselves again. Noses can be reshaped; lips or eyelids can be reconstructed. Skin, cartilage and tissue grafts can be used to replace what was removed during skin cancer removal.

If you or a loved one is facing skin cancer removal or already had Moh’s surgery, consider consulting a plastic surgeon. There are options available to reconstruct lost skin and tissue from Moh’s surgery and restore a natural appearance. Fighting cancer is difficult enough – survivors deserve to look and feel like themselves after the cancer is removed.

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New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai
310 East 14th Street
6th Floor, North Bldg
New York, NY 10003
Phone: (212) 381-6110

Repairing Your Skin from Mohs Surgery

Did you know that it is estimated that two million Americans are diagnosed each year with skin cancer? It is becoming an epidemic, with predictions that 20% of Americans will be diagnosed with the disease at some point in their life. The good news is that many types of skin cancer are treatable and the prognosis for recovery is high. One of the reasons for the high recovery rate is the use of Mohs surgery to remove the cancer cells.

Mohs surgery was first created back in the 1930’s by the doctor whom it was named after, Frederick Mohs. This technique removes the cancer affected skin, removing layer by layer. As a larger and deeper layer of cells are removed, they are closely examined for the appearance of cancer cells. This procedure continues until the layer removed is free of cancer. This method is 99% effective in removing all the skin cancer cells and is one of the preferred treatments.

The problem with Mohs surgery is that though it does remove the cancer, it also removes a large portion of skin. Since skin cancer is often found on the face, this can leave a large scar. However, an experienced plastic surgeon can repair the scar damage and help reconstruct the area to reduce a deformed appearance. Using techniques such as skin grafts, the Mohs surgery site can be repaired so that it is barely visible.

If you have had Mohs surgery and want to have your skin repaired, consult with a plastic surgeon that offers Mohs surgery reconstruction. After surviving cancer, you deserve to look great and not be reminded of this scary period of your life every time you look in the mirror.

Posted on behalf of:
Hunter Moyer, MD
1400 Northside Forsyth Dr.  #390
Cumming, GA 30041
(404)  250-3393