Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz have extensive experience in addressing facial trauma and facial lacerations, especially in closing wounds so they heal properly and have a greater chance of avoiding the need for scar revision surgery in the future. They also perform reconstructive surgery on the skin after skin cancer surgery that has left a hole in the delicate features of the face.
Millions of Americans deal with a skin cancer diagnosis each year. Modern diagnosis and surgical techniques have led to a very high success rate when it comes to identifying and removing malignant (cancerous) skin cells. In particular, Mohs surgery, which allows for the precise excision of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, maximizes the preservation of healthy, non-cancerous tissue.
As fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeons, Dr. Garcia and Dr. Surowitz approach reconstructive skin cancer surgery as an opportunity to preserve the aesthetics and ongoing proper working of critical and very visible facial structures. Each surgery begins with a consultation to establish a relationship and a thorough knowledge of a patient’s needs.
What is Mohs Reconstructive Skin Surgery
A common treatment for certain types of skin cancer is surgical removal to prevent the cancer from spreading. Excising a mole or tumor leaves behind a hole in the skin, which can be particularly noticeable on the delicate features of the face.
Reconstructive skin cancer surgery involves the closure of that hole, restoring skin and other vital tissues to the area with an emphasis on minimizing scarring, preserving function, and achieving natural, aesthetically pleasing results. There are a variety of reconstructive skin cancer surgery techniques available, depending on the location of the site of cancer removal and the size of the area to be repaired.
Types of Skin Cancer and Treatments
Skin cancer is the general term for the abnormal growth of cells in the skin, attributable mostly to damage from ultraviolet radiation that comes from the sun and other sources, such as bulbs in tanning beds
Though the most common form, basal cell carcinoma, is not usually fatal—especially if detected and treated early—it can significantly impact the area where it is found, growing into the surrounding skin. This cancer often appears on the face and neck, as these areas experience significant sun exposure. Since these areas are also so prominent, many patients choose reconstructive skin cancer surgery after the cancerous tissue is removed.
Squamous cell carcinoma tends to grow and spread more quickly than basal cell carcinoma, but still has a high success rate if caught and removed in an early stage. This cancer also tends to appear on areas that are often exposed to the sun, frequently developing on the face, ears, eyelids, nose, lips, and neck. Removal of squamous cell carcinoma often results in larger defects, making reconstructive skin cancer surgery a procedure of choice for patients after tumor removal.
Both of these carcinomas may be treated with Mohs surgery as recommended by a skin cancer specialist.
Melanoma is the least common form of skin cancer, but it is also the most aggressive and deadly. Surgical removal may be an option in some cases, but other typical treatments include medication, radiation, and chemotherapy.