When dealing with skin cancer lesions, treatment may include surgical removal of affected tissue, skin, bone, or cartilage from the face, scalp, and neck. Because the effects of surgery impact an individual’s facial appearance and functioning, many patients seek long-term restoration with Mohs reconstruction in West Hills. This procedure could take various approaches to restore your facial features depending on your skin cancer lesions’ placement, size, and severity.
Since the treatment process takes a highly individualized approach due to a patient’s unique medical history and cancer treatments, the first step is consulting with a qualified facial plastic surgeon. Our board-certified surgeon, Dr. Yaghoubian, could meet with you to discuss possible reconstruction techniques and help determine what approach is best for you. If you have recently undergone surgical skin cancer treatments and want to restore your skin back to its natural fullness, reach out to the qualified team at AESTHETICA LA to schedule your consultation.
For some individuals, managing and treating skin cancer involves the surgical removal of tissue from the neck, scalp, or face, including the ears, eyelids, lips, and nose. When this occurs, patients frequently turn to Mohs reconstruction surgery in West Hills to restore the affected areas’ structure, function, and appearance with various surgical techniques. The transfers of bone, skin, and cartilage may be necessary to reconstruct proportional and attractive facial contours and features. After the surgery, most patients experience significant confidence boosts from their newly restored skin.
Mohs reconstruction procedures are highly individualized because the surgical approaches depend on a patient’s medical history, cosmetic concerns, and skin cancer specifics. However, Dr. Yaghoubian ensures that patients’ final results are as attractive and functional as possible following this surgery.
Because skin cancer can affect several areas of the face, neck, and scalp with lesions varying in size, Mohs reconstruction procedures in West Hills offer a variety of surgical techniques.
Mohs reconstruction surgeons often utilize skin, cartilage, and bone grafts to restore facial volume loss after surgically removing skin cancer lesions. Commonly, cartilage grafts from the ribs or ears are used to reconstruct the nose and ears affected by skin cancer. Similarly, bone grafts can restore bone loss in the face and usually come from a patient’s skull.
Additionally, since most patients have areas of facial skin removed for cancer treatment, skin grafts from the thighs or other body areas are often necessary. More specifically, split-thickness skin grafts containing the top few dermal layers may replace areas with primarily superficial skin damage, while full-thickness grafts restore all dermal layers for more serious reconstruction efforts.
One of the most frequent techniques for Mohs facial reconstruction is skin flaps, which are transplants of healthy tissue from nearby areas into facial areas lacking tissue due to skin cancer removal. Skin flaps produce aesthetically pleasing results for many patients since the skin texture and tone are usually similar to the cancer-affected areas. Further, the technique minimizes the risk of abnormally tight collagen fibers forming during recovery and, subsequently, distorting facial contours.
In rare cases, patients may need tissue expanders to replace significant amounts of tissue loss. Tissue expanders encourage the growth of natural, healthy tissue in places where skin cancer treatment requires tissue removal by stretching the skin. Though some patients may benefit from this approach, it is not a routine method for Mohs reconstruction surgery.
Surgically treating skin cancer lesions on your face, neck, and scalp often result in visible losses of skin, bone, cartilage, and underlying tissues. As a result, many patients feel less confident in their appearance and have diminished physical functioning abilities. Minimizing the cosmetic and physical impacts of surgical skin cancer treatment for the long-term is possible with Mohs reconstruction in West Hills.
Before surgery, it is necessary to undergo an assessment of your medical history, previous skin cancer treatments, and current reconstruction needs. Consider scheduling a consultation with our knowledgeable team at AESTHETICA LA if you are interested in hearing more about Mohs reconstruction methods and your possible results.