Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Conveniently located to serve Katy, TX
With over 3.5 million cases diagnosed each year, skin cancer is by far the most common form of cancer in the United States today. Typically, skin cancer arises on cosmetically sensitive areas of the body including the face and hands. Small, early-stage non-melanoma skin cancers are treated by dermatologists using non-surgical methods. For larger or more aggressive skin cancers, Mohs surgery or standard surgical excision is employed. After excision, reconstructive plastic surgery restores the natural appearance of the affected area.
Ideal Candidates for Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Patients who are considering surgical excision of skin cancer are typically ideal candidates for skin cancer reconstruction. Candidates should be in good overall health. Non-smokers are ideal, and patients who smoke will need to quit several weeks before the date of their procedure.
During your consultation, we will examine the cancerous lesion and surrounding area. We will also evaluate your medical records, including allergies, pre-existing conditions, past treatments, and current medications.
We will then discuss the details of skin cancer reconstruction and what it entails. You can ask questions at any point during the consultation. We will make sure to address all of your concerns.
Skin cancer reconstruction can last as quickly as half an hour or as long as several hours depending on the characteristics of the gap being treated.
Anesthesia will be administered for the patient’s comfort. A skin cancer reconstruction technique will be used such as primary closure, local flap closure, skin grafting, or structural grafting depending on the surgical plan.
For extensive reconstruction surgeries, patients may need to stay for several days before being released. The patient may go home right after the surgery if it is a minor reconstruction surgery.
The patient may experience a degree of pain, swelling, and/or mild bruising during the recovery period. Recovery instructions and prescriptions will be provided to help the patient during the healing process.
A follow-up appointment may be scheduled to assess the recovery and results of the surgery.
If you have skin cancer in a cosmetically sensitive area requiring removal and reconstruction, contact our office at 832-232-4263 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Das.