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Houston Facial Cancer Reconstruction

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What is Facial Cancer Reconstruction?

Facial Cancer Reconstruction is a procedure to correct skin defects caused as a result of skin cancer removal. Due to the high exposure to harmful UV rays or other sources, people may experience an increased risk for developing skin cancer--primarily on the face, head, and neck areas. For this reason, the plastic surgeons at The Oaks Plastic Surgery offer top of the line surgical techniques for patients hoping to repair their skin after reconstruction.

Mohs surgery, or Micrographic surgery is the most common and effective method for treating basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinomas among patients. The procedure works to remove the cancerous tissue, and minimize the loss of healthy tissue. After Mohs many patients seek the expertise of a plastic surgeon to improve the aesthetic appeal of the resulting scarring and texture of the skin.

What techniques can be performed along with Facial Cancer Reconstruction?

Local Flap Reconstruction

Local flap reconstruction is the most common procedure for patients facing skin cancer defects. Patients experiencing extensive tissue loss on any part of the body can benefit from the flap procedure, as it effectively corrects surgical defects created after a traumatic injury or cancer excision. Comprised of adjacent skin, fatty tissue, or muscle--the flap is connected to its own blood supply by a major artery or vein. The flap is then detached from the donor site and moved onto the recipient site to cover the wound.

Skin Grafting

Skin grafting is used for areas of the body with substantial skin loss from serious injuries or trauma. To perform a successful skin graft, the surgeon transfers a layer of healthy skin from the donor site to the recipient site to restore the function and appearance of the recipient site back to its full health. Since the skin flap is connected to its own source of blood supply, it tends to be more resilient than skin grafts; which originally survive off the nutrients passed from the donor site until blood vessels begin to grow onto the skin graft.

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Why do you want Facial Cancer Reconstruction at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston?

According to a recent study, more people are diagnosed with skin cancer each year in the U.S. than all other cancers combined. In addition, a staggering one in five Americans will develop skin cancer by the age of 70. As the rate of skin cancer increases, so does the need for qualified and highly trained reconstructive surgeons such as Dr. Danielle Andry and Dr. Nandi Wijay. TOPS plastic surgeons are committed to the cosmetic and reconstructive goals of their clients, and work daily to improve their comfort and self-esteem.

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What can you expect at your initial consultation?

If you are interested in Facial Cancer Reconstructive Surgery at The Oaks Plastic Surgery in Houston, Texas, feel free to schedule an appointment with Dr. Danielle Andry or Dr. Nandi Wijay. Dependent on your needs, the initial consultation will allow you to work one-on-one with your physician to develop a personalized treatment plan of care to meet your individual goals. You can expect the initial consultation to last an hour or more. In your consultation, your TOPS plastic surgeon will:

  • Discuss your individual goals personal needs as well as your medical history information
  • Perform a thorough examination of the affected area to assess which surgical option would fit suit your needs
  • Answer any questions you might have in regards to the procedure including potential risks or side effects
  • If reconstructive surgery is the best option, your TOPS plastic surgeon will discuss potential surgical procedures offered to determine which approach is right for you
  • The advantages and disadvantages of the procedure will be clearly outlined and explained
  • Preoperative photographs will be taken
  • You will be sent home with a packet of information detailing the procedure, including a consent form, as well as care instructions for before and after your Facial Cancer Reconstruction surgery in Houston, Texas
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What can you expect the day of your Facial Reconstruction procedure?

On the day of your procedure, you will have the opportunity to meet with your TOPS plastic surgeon in the preoperative area to discuss any last minute questions or concerns you might have. Your plastic surgeon will review the details of you planned procedure. You will also meet with the anesthesiologist and nursing team to go over any pertinent medical concerns that might impact the surgery, and to make you feel as comfortable as possible with the team working on your surgery.

After the surgery, the team will review the procedure with you and update you on the outcome. You will receive complete instructions on post-operative care and your follow-up appointments will be scheduled.

The Oaks Plastic Surgery is your home for high-end, high-quality, luxury plastic surgery care in Houston, Texas

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