Reconstruction After Skin Cancer
October 16, 2014
PHOENIX, SCOTTSDALE, PARADISE VALLEY AND NEARBY AREAS OF ARIZONA
Skin cancer, especially in Arizona, is a considerable risk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. At Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery, Dr. Tamir Mosharrafa and Dr. Ali Mosharrafa are experts in reconstructive surgery following the removal of skin cancer.
The best way to avoid skin cancer is to avoid tanning beds, and practice safe skin care while in the sun. Sunscreen, proper clothing, and hats are all good choices, and avoiding purposely lying out to get tan is also a good decision.
Even with the precautionary measures now, many of use practiced poor judgment when we were younger, and are faced with skin cancer now. In severe cases, once skin cancer has been removed, plastic surgery for skin reconstruction may be desired to repair the appearance of the skin, especially if the skin cancer was on the face.
The size and location of the skin cancer that was removed will determine how the skin is repaired. If it is a large area, skin grafts from other areas of the body or rearrangement of nearby tissue (“flaps”) may be used to repair the area. Your plastic surgeon at Mosharrafa Plastic Surgery will take facial balance and symmetry into account when performing a skin reconstruction on the face. We will also work with you both pre- and post-operatively to make sure that your experience is safe, comfortable, and you get the results you are hoping for.
The advice and information contained in this article is for educational purposes only, and is not intended to replace or counter a physician’s advice or judgment. Please always consult your physician before taking any advice learned here or in any other educational medical material.