Facial reconstructive surgery is also known as Mohs reconstructive surgery.
It is a surgical procedure that first removes skin cancer from the face and then reconstructs the facial features to maintain a normal appearance.
We specialize in treating multiple conditions requiring Reconstructive Surgery to achieve a more natural and functional appearance to the face, including but not limited to:
- Repair of Facial and Orbital Fractures due to trauma in children and adults
- Skin Cancer Reconstruction – skin defect repair following Mohs Surgery
- Thyroid Eye Disease
- Bell’s Palsy
- Eyelid Malposition – Entropion & Ectropion
- Eyelid Reconstruction
- Orbital Tumors and Fractures
- Congenital deformities (e.g. cleft lip, palate, ears)
- Scar Revision
What is Skin Cancer Reconstruction after Moh’s Surgery?
Skin cancer, including melanoma, basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, is the most common form of cancer in the world. If you have had Mohs micrographic surgery to excise a skin cancer, you may need significant reconstruction to repair the skin defect on your face, head or neck. Our surgeons, Dr. Kleiman is board certified in Otolaryngology and Facial Plastic Surgery, Dr. Wachal is fellowship trained and are both uniquely skilled at performing this procedure, and they specialize in the delicate surgery to camouflage the defect and scarring to allow for a more natural contour and appearance.
What to Expect from Skin Cancer Reconstruction Procedure
After skin cancer cells have been removed by your dermatologist, we will analyze the natural contours of your face to determine where scarring will be most discrete. Smaller wounds can be closed with a special suturing technique to minimize scarring. Grafting tissue from another part of the face or neck may be recommended to repair a larger wound. This type of flap closure may require a two-procedure, staged approach for optimal healing and the most natural-looking result possible.
Swelling, redness, or bruising, and discomfort will occur for several days after surgery and can usually managed with Tylenol. It may take several weeks to months for the skin to fully heal, and you will be given wound and scar care management instructions to maximize healing.
Dr. Kleiman and Dr. Wachal partner closely with your dermatologist and other specialists to coordinate your reconstructive process with your ongoing care.
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Your exact expectations after surgery will vary depending on the type of reconstruction that was performed during your procedure. Any postoperative expectations will be thoroughly discussed with you before your surgery. In some cases, this procedure is done in a two-stage process, meaning that a second surgery will be needed. Most surgeries using a flap technique will need to be performed as a two-stage process.