Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is an advanced state-of the-art skin cancer treatment designed to remove cancerous skin cells from patients while leaving all healthy tissue intact. Mohs surgery is performed by specially trained dermatologic surgeons who exclusively perform skin cancer removal. These patients are then referred to facial plastic surgeons for reconstruction.

Mohs surgery is extremely effective for all skin cancers, and is especially valuable for recurrent or aggressive carcinomas. Because it conserves the maximum amount of healthy tissue, Mohs is ideal for treatment of cosmetically important areas such as the nose, eyelids and lips, and for high risk and invasive lesions (such as near a facial nerve). Mohs surgery is now frequently used to remove basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas and other skin lesions on the face.

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Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

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Reconstructive Surgery Case 44 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Reconstructive Surgery on the Chin

After this woman's MOH'S surgery, she came to Drs. Lieberman and Parikh to fix the significant portion of skin that had been taken out of her chin. Now, there is almost no visible scarring or remnant of the surgery or reconstruction.
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Case #132

Here is a patient who had basal cell carcinoma, the most common and least aggressive of skin cancers. He was left with a nickel-sized defect that needed to be reconstructed. Drs. L&P reconstructed it using a unique local flap that involves moving tissue from the smile line up towards the nose. Read More
Reconstructive Surgery Case 47 Before & After Left Oblique | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Reconstructive Surgery — Nasal Bilobed Flap

This is a 64 year old woman with a dime-sized hole in the left side of the nose after cancer removal by a Mohs surgeon in Menlo Park. We were able to reconstruct the nasal skin and muscle by rotating skin from above the defect, leaving a very normal looking nose. Read More
Reconstructive Surgery Case 45 Before & After Right Oblique | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Reconstruction On The Nose After Skin Cancer

After having MOHS surgery, this patient came to Drs. Lieberman and Parikh for reconstruction of her nose. She opted to have the procedure done in-office under local. She says that the procedure was much easier than she expected and nobody can see any sign of a scar. Read More
Reconstructive Surgery Case 46 Before & After Front | Palo Alto, California | L&P Aesthetics
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Nasal Reconstruction Using a Paramedian Forehead Flap

This patient from the Central Valley came to Drs. Lieberman & Parikh for their reputation as the experts in reconstructive surgery.  After her Mohs surgery, Drs. Lieberman and Parikh performed a complicated, two-stage surgery to re-establish a natural looking nose and create all the nasal sub units, shadows and facets.... Read More

Keep in mind that each patient is unique and your results may vary.

During the surgery to remove the skin cancer, small layers of skin cancer tissue are meticulously removed. The Mohs surgeon examines the tissue under a microscope for cancerous cells. Mohs surgeons remove thin layers of skin in an incremental manner so all cancerous tissue is excised, and the maximum amount of healthy tissue is spared. Mohs surgery offers both the lowest recurrence rate of malignant lesions, and maximum preservation of normal, healthy tissue.

After a malignant lesion is removed with Mohs surgery, a depression or hole in the skin is present. Such scars may be rather disfiguring, and reconstructive surgery may be performed immediately after Mohs surgery to repair the damaged site. We specialize in carefully reconstructing the facial tissue in such patients, restoring their natural appearance while preserving form and function of important structures of the face. We work closely with a number of Mohs surgeons in the area to offer a highly specialized service. Our goal is to create a seamless transition from skin cancer removal to unparalleled reconstruction so that patients are cared for at each step of this process.

Pre-Operative Process

Am I a candidate for skin cancer reconstruction?

Skin cancer occurs most commonly on the face, and frequently develops on the nose. Many times the Mohs surgeon removing the skin lesion will be able to reconstruct the area at the time of the initial procedure. Depending on the size, the complexity, and the location of the resection, your Mohs surgeon may elect to have a facial plastic surgery reconstructive specialist assist in your treatment.

Even skin lesions that appear very small initially, can involve large areas of normal looking skin. Many Mohs surgeons can anticipate the need for a reconstructive specialist prior to removal of the skin cancer, especially if the skin cancer is in cosmetically sensitive areas such as the lip, eyelid, nose or ears. In that case, you will have a formal consultation with us before your Mohs surgery to discuss all reconstructive options. For most patients, after your Mohs surgery is completed, the Mohs surgeon will bandage the wound and direct you to our offices for a consultation. We strive to offer same day service. At your post-procedure consultation, the defect is assessed, and all options for reconstruction will be discussed in detail.

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Technique

How is this surgery performed?

Most defects can be repaired with skin flaps. A skin flap utilizes local redundant tissue to cover the Mohs defect. Sometimes, a skin graft will be utilized for reconstruction. A skin graft involves removing a piece of skin from a donor site (e.g. back of the ear or above the clavicle) and then sewing it into the Mohs defect.

Sometimes more of a complex or multiple staged reconstruction is required. This depends on the amount of tissue that is removed and whether other tissue such as cartilage and bone must be reconstructed and replaced. We specialize in these more complex surgeries. Whether you have a flap or a graft, evaluation for possible further refinement is performed at approximately the sixth post-operative week.

How long is the procedure?

Mohs reconstructive surgery can be performed under local anesthesia or mild sedation and takes anywhere from 30 minutes to two hours depending on the complexity of the surgery. We are experienced in Mohs reconstructive surgery under local anesthesia, thus patients frequently can avoid a trip to the hospital operating room or surgery center. Patients go home the same day and return typically three to five days after surgery for suture removal.

Our core objective is to provide a safe, comfortable surgical experience that aspires to restore your appearance and aims to produce natural results. Always feel free to call the clinic at (650) 327-3232 or make an appointment online. We focus exclusively on cosmetic and reconstructive enhancement of the face and neck and are uniquely qualified to handle your case.

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