How a Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon Can Get Your Confidence Back After Skin Cancer
MOHs surgery is a highly specialized technique for treating skin cancer. Since its development, Mohs surgery has become the best option for those facing malignant skin cancer that has a high chance of coming back once treated. MOHs surgery is in extremely high demand, as it has a 99% success rate due to its preciseness.
Patients with skin cancer that are getting ready to undergo MOHs surgery may be apprehensive about the scarring that occurs as a result. Unfortunately, scarring is just a part of the MOHs procedure, but scarring is much preferred to deadly skin cancer.
In order to effectively remove all the cancer cells from your skin, the surgeon must strip away lawyers of your skin one at a time. They will then examine each removed layer of skin to see if any cancerous cells remain, and they will continue this process until all the cancer cells are removed. This is a highly effective way of removing the most common skin cancers.
You may be a candidate for MOHs if you have the following:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Some forms of melanoma
- Other rare skin cancers
Many skin cancer survivors look for ways to correct their scars from their MOHs surgery, and they turn to the cosmetic doctors in Los Angeles at Westside Face. Our office can perform MOHs reconstructive surgery to get you back to feeling your best after surviving this deadly disease.
You will initially have a consultation, where a MOHs plastic surgeon in Los Angeles will examine your wound to decide the best method of reconstructive surgery. MOHs repair surgery in Los Angeles can be done in a number of ways. The methods of reducing the appearance of scarring post-MOHs surgery include:
- Flap techniques
- Bone grafting
- Cartilage grafting
- Tissue expansion
- Skin grafts
- Primary closure
At Westside Face, our Los Angeles doctors for reconstructive surgery can perform facial reconstruction treatment in Los Angeles for MOHs patients. This will help minimize the appearance of the scar. Our doctor will walk you through your different options for procedures so that you feel most comfortable with whichever rejuvenation technique you choose.
Reconstruction Techniques for MOHs Surgery Patients
There are a variety of ways you can minimize the site of your MOHs surgery.
Primary closure: Primary closure does not require the skills of a plastic surgeon. This method can only be used for patients with very minor MOHs surgery where a minimal amount of skin was removed. This option includes letting the wound heal on its own; if the wound is on the larger side, sutures can be strapped over the wound to aid with healing.
Local flap: This reconstructive method uses the surrounding, untouched skin to close the incision. If the wound is small, you may be a candidate for this procedure. A smaller wound can be covered by stretching the skin over the wound. Our facial surgeons recommend those who want to undergo this procedure wait a few days after their MOHs surgery. Waiting a few days will let your skin start the healing process, which will in turn improve the outcome of the procedure.
Staged procedure: A staged procedure is a multi-step process. For this kind of procedure, the doctor will place an expander under the healthy skin on the forehead, and this expander will stretch the skin and cause it to create more, almost like farming your face for more skin. The new, healthy skin can then be taken and used to cover the wound from your MOHs surgery. A staged procedure may sound odd, but it can create very natural-looking results.
Skin graft: If the area of missing tissue is too large to be covered with a local flap, the surgeon may relocate skin from elsewhere on the body. When you come into one of our offices for a consultation, our aesthetic doctors will identify the best parts of your body to source skin from. This may be from your arm, thigh, or back. As with a local flap, reconstructive surgery takes place a couple of days after MOHs surgery. A skin graft will be performed all in one day as an outpatient procedure.
You want your skin after reconstruction surgery to look as close to normal as possible, which is why you should consult a facial cosmetic specialist in LA. Our doctors are highly trained and skilled in the art of facial cosmetic surgery, and we guarantee that you will like the results of your procedure.
If you are still trying to minimize the appearance of your scar, we recommend that you try one of our laser skin treatments or dermal fillers, which can help fill out the dip from where your cancerous tissue was removed.
At Westside Face, we aim to provide you with the best and most natural-looking results that will make you feel more confident. We like to preserve your natural appearance while giving you renewed skin vitality.
Every patient is different, so we give an individualized approach focused on making small improvements with big results. Each patient that undergoes cosmetic enhancement at Westside Face can expect:
- Natural-looking changes
- Long-lasting results
- Shortest possible recovery time
Plastic surgery patients often want to return to their everyday life ASAP after a procedure, and our approach allows a speedy recovery. Minimal downtime plays a huge role in client satisfaction.
Whether it’s vision obstruction or breathing issues, we also aim to improve functionality with our cosmetic surgeries. Our award-winning closed scarless rhinoplasty, revision rhinoplasty, facelifts, and liposuction will not only make you look better, but you’ll also feel better. Even more, we accept and are in-network with Medicare, and most PPO/HMO insurances. Schedule a consultation with an aesthetic specialist at Westside Face today by calling 310-846-8519 or emailing email@example.com.