Sometimes life throws us a curve. Whether it’s trauma or cancer, we get you back to your life and the things that matter most with reconstructive face and neck surgery. Trust your face to St. Louis’ facial experts.
Whether you are considering Mohs surgery or have recently undergone Mohs surgery for facial cancer, you need to know that sometimes scarring or a cavity in the skin occurs. Often these cancers may involve significant soft tissue loss and sometimes structural defects, causing the disfigurement of natural features.
Patients are seen by our specialists after a malignant lesion has been removed from their face or neck by a Mohs specialist. In some cases patients are referred by the Mohs surgeon. In other cases the patients refer themselves.
Many new techniques have been developed to deal with these defects, including skin grafting and complex facial flaps. Because each region of the head and neck presents its own challenging and unique anatomy, this surgery demands a skilled specialist to preserve functionality and restore a patient’s natural appearance.
Our surgeons often performs reconstructive surgery the day following Mohs surgery. For some patients, the surgery is done the same day. On larger cases that are performed under general anesthesia, he will complete the reconstruction while working in tandem with the Mohs surgeon as part of a single procedure in the operating room.
Following the initial reconstructive surgery, many things can be done to help camouflage scars and enhance overall appearance and function. Such procedures include scar revision
and laser resurfacing. T
he goal is to have a scar or reconstruction that does not draw attention to you as you carry out your daily activities. In most instances this is possible.
After successful reconstruction, you will need to be followed by a dermatologist for evidence of any new skin cancer or other suspicious lesions. Depending on your skin type, this may mean visits once or twice a year.
Keep in mind, the earlier skin cancer is diagnosed and treated the smaller the defect will be. If you have concerns about a suspicious mole or spot on your face or neck, you should be evaluated by a dermatologist specializing in Mohs surgery. For learn more about skin cancer and the Washington University specialists who treat this disease, go to Mohs surgery