Skin Cancer Reconstruction

The removal of skin cancers can result in tissue defects. Dr. Fishman uses surrounding skin and tissue to close and reconstruct the defects remaining after skin cancer excision and Mohs surgery. She focuses on reconstructing defects of the scalp, face, and neck.

BENEFITS OF SKIN CANCER DEFECT RECONSTRUCTION

  • Skin cancer reconstruction can bring about great aesthetic outcomes after skin cancer removal
  • Reconstruction of tissue defects can result in faster healing times
  • Reconstruction of tissue defects often allows patients to return to their daily lives with a shorter recovery

SKIN CANCER DEFECT RECONSTRUCTION: TREATMENT DETAILS

Dr. Fishman performs reconstruction of skin cancer defects under local or general anesthesia, depending on your needs, aesthetic goals, and other planned concurrent procedures. During the reconstructive procedure, Dr. Fishman moves the skin and tissue surrounding the defect in order to close it. In some cases, Dr. Fishman may harvest skin grafts from other areas to reconstruct skin cancer defects.

AFTER SKIN CANCER DEFECT RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY

After surgery, you should expect the following symptoms and adhere to these instructions:

  1. Expect a mild to moderate amount of swelling, numbness and tenderness in the treated areas
  2. Discomfort is common and should be well managed with cool compresses and oral pain medication, as instructed
  3. Incision sites may be irritated for several days
  4. Stitches are removed from the incision sites at 5-7 days after treatment

SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS OF SKIN CANCER DEFECT RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY

Most common side effects include temporary swelling, bruising, lumpy/ bumpy sensation, and discomfort of the treated areas. Risks of skin cancer defect reconstruction are rare, and include infection, scarring, and need for revision.

Frequently Asked Questions

DOES SKIN CANCER DEFECT RECONSTRUCTION SURGERY LEAVE SCARS?

Dr. Fishman uses her training and experience to reconstruct facial defects with similar tissue and as few incisions a possible. With good post-operative care and time, these incisions become essentially imperceptible scars.

HOW MUCH DOES SKIN CANCER RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY HURT?

Skin cancer reconstructive surgery is associated with a mild-moderate degree of discomfort, with most patients describing a bruised or sore sensation at the areas treated. Most of Dr. Fishman’s patients report not requiring pain medication 2-3 days after surgery.

HOW MUCH DOWNTIME IS INVOLVED AFTER SKIN CANCER RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY?

Depending on anesthesia type, Dr. Fishman’s patients are able to get up and move about immediately or in a few hours after surgery. Most patients return to work or school approximately 1 week after surgery.

WILL INSURANCE PAY FOR SKIN CANCER RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY?

Most health insurance plans cover all or part of reconstructive procedures associated with the treatment of skin cancer. Please check with your insurance provider for correct information about your coverage. Also, at Aviva Plastic Surgery, we offer financing to help you pay for treatments. Ask about financing after your consult with Dr. Fishman.