As skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, more and more patients each year develop skin cancers on their face. Certain areas of the face, ear, eyelid, lip, and scalp can be very challenging to repair. Lesions in these sensitive locations are best treated by a team approach, which starts with removal of the cancer by a skilled Dermatologic MOHS cancer specialist. After the cancer is completely removed, the resultant defect often requires reconstruction to restore a natural appearance.
Skin cancer reconstruction is an effective way of disguising scars and minimizing the damage left behind by the MOHS cancer resection procedure. As a Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon, Dr. Papanicolaou, task is to repair the wound after skin cancer removal, so it can heal with an optimal aesthetic and functional result.
Because each region of the face, head, and neck presents its own challenging and unique anatomy, facial reconstructive surgery demands a skilled specialist to preserve functionality and optimize the cosmetic outcome. When functional structures like the nose, mouth, eyes and ears are affected by skin cancer, it’s a marriage of form and function to repair the wound and still make the patient look as natural as possible.
With his expertise in Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, Dr. Papanicolaou, Double Board Certified Plastic Surgeon dedicated to providing customized care to his patients with skin cancer. He personally meets with all of facial reconstructive patients prior to their MOHS Surgery. During your initial consultation with Dr. Papanicolaou, reconstructive options are discussed and preoperative pictures are taken. At this office visit, patients can view numerous before and after photographs of Dr. Papanicolaou’s previous reconstructive cases.
All of your questions regarding Facial Reconstructive Surgery will be answered and the surgery date is scheduled. With all Facial Reconstructive surgery, good health and realistic expectations are prerequisites. Dr. Papanicolaou stresses the importance of restoring natural facial contours and uses carefully planned incisions to accomplish this goal.
Facial reconstruction surgery is an effective way to disguise facial injury, trauma, accidents, birth defects, or after the removal of skin cancer. Reconstructive surgery can repair skin, muscles, cartilage, and the skeletal structure of the face. Many times this type of surgery is necessary to return to a more normal look or function. The results can give the patient restored confidence and even a new vigor for life. Call today to learn more and to schedule your complimentary consultation!