Reconstructive surgery for skin cancer
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. More than 500,000 new cases of skin cancer are reported every year, and the incidence rates are rising faster than any other type of cancer. While skin cancer can be found on any part of the body, about 80 percent of all cases appear on the face, head, and neck, where they can be disfiguring — as well as dangerous.
The different techniques used in treating skin cancer can be lifesaving, but they can often leave a patient with cosmetic results that are less than pleasing. Depending on the location and severity of the cancer, the consequences may range from small, unsightly scarring to permanent changes in facial structures.
A plastic surgeon can be an important part of the treatment team to reconstruct skin following cancer treatment. Reconstructive techniques, ranging from a simple scar revision to the complex transfer of tissue flaps from elsewhere on the body, can often repair damaged tissue, rebuild body parts, and restore most patients to an improved appearance and function. For some patients, reconstruction following skin cancer may require more than one procedure to experience the best results.
At Monarch Plastic Surgery, our plastic surgeons are experienced in the latest and most effective surgical techniques for reconstructive surgery following skin cancer treatment. Our doctors have performed a wide range of tissue transfers and skin grafts, and are skilled at restoring skin cancer sites to match the appearance of the surrounding skin. Contact us today for more information about our reconstructive services.