Even small skin cancer lesions and their surgical removal can cause lots of damage that changes your skin’s appearance. If you’re apprehensive about getting skin surgery for skin cancer because of lasting scarring, Joseph Sedrak, MD, can provide reconstructive surgery after your treatment at Texas Skin Cancer Center to repair the skin and minimize scarring. To schedule a consultation, call the Kingwood, Pearland, and Houston, Texas, practice or book an appointment online today.
Reconstructive surgery is surgery that is largely cosmetic in nature. At Texas Skin Cancer Center, Dr. Sedrak often performs reconstructive surgery after skin cancer treatment is complete to restore the appearance of your skin in the area around the cancerous lesion.
Skin cancer excision often precedes reconstructive surgery. Excision is a traditional approach to skin cancer treatment that involves cutting the lesion off your skin along with a margin of seemingly healthy skin and tissue around it. You might also undergo radiation or other skin cancer treatments after excision to make sure all cancerous cells are gone.
In some cases, you might also need reconstructive surgery after Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery minimizes the amount of healthy skin removal in the first place, but it can still leave a scar.
While excision is often successful in removing a cancerous lesion in its entirety, removing the lesion along with a margin of skin around it can leave a lasting scar. Reconstructive surgery replaces some of the missing skin and tissue to minimize scarring. To do this, Dr. Sedrak might use a skin graft from another area or a skin flap from the area next to the scar.
After you undergo traditional excision or Mohs surgery to remove a skin cancer lesion, Dr. Sedrak discusses your options for reconstructive surgery for you. He might recommend a skin graft, skin flap, or basic stitches to minimize your wound and the lasting scar.
Before the surgery, Dr. Sedrak numbs the area with local anesthesia. The entire surgery can take anywhere from 30 minutes to several hours depending on the size of the area and Dr. Sedrak’s chosen approach. In some cases, you might need to book multiple appointments for your reconstructive surgery.
When you leave the office, Dr. Sedrak tells you how to care for your skin for the best result. He might also prescribe pain medication for postoperative discomfort and antibiotics to help you avoid an infection.
Reconstructive surgery is an option for many skin cancer patients undergoing surgical removal. Dr. Sedrak might recommend reconstructive surgery to you if you have:
Individuals who don’t smoke are usually the best candidates for reconstructive surgery. You might also have to avoid or adjust certain medications for the best possible reconstructive surgery outcome.
To find out more about reconstructive surgery after surgical skin cancer treatment, call Texas Skin Cancer Center or book a consultation online today.