Post-Surgery: Skin Reconstruction After Skin Cancer Removal

A cancer diagnosis is often devastating, especially when the removal of the cancer will result in noticeable disfigurement. Some forms of skin cancer on the face (depending on the size) can significantly change a person’s appearance, and this is a significant concern for most people.

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Dr. Mesbahi works closely with Mohs surgeons during skin cancer removal to ensure minimal changes to the patient’s aesthetic and a natural-looking final result. However, the results will depend on several factors, including your skin’s ability to heal.

Who Is a Candidate?

Those who have recurrent skin cancer, skin cancer that covers a large area, or facial skin cancer in sensitive areas (like the ears, lips, nose, and eyelids) are likely candidates for surgery coordinated between a Mohs surgeon and Dr. Mesbahi. Both steps of the procedure can be performed within one day or on consecutive days. The first step is the cancer removal by the Mohs surgeon, and the second step is reconstructive surgery performed by Dr. Mesbahi.

How Is the Procedure Performed?

Reconstructive surgery after cancer treatment can involve many different methods depending on the type of cancer, its location, and the patient’s desires. Dr. Mesbahi can use local tissue rearrangement, skin grafts, or complex skin, bone, or cartilage transfer to achieve the desired result. Dr. Mesbahi knows how to assess the delicate balance between making sure your new look is functional and aesthetically pleasing.

How Much Does It Cost?

As with all surgeries, the cost of your reconstruction procedure will vary depending on various factors, such as:

  • Surgeon’s fees
  • Anesthesia costs
  • Facility fees

Luckily, most insurance plans cover skin cancer surgeries, which includes removal, reconstruction, and other procedures that may be necessary due to complications. Contact your insurance provider to find out your coverage options.

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How Long Will It Take to Recover?

The time it takes to recover from your reconstruction surgery will vary depending on the size of the area that had to be removed. It will also depend on your body’s healing abilities. You should expect your incision sites to be red and sore. Your doctor will give you instructions on wound care, and it is important to follow these instructions carefully to ensure proper healing. You may be prescribed pain medication or antibiotics. Scars may take time to fade. You should limit your sun exposure and be sure to wear sunscreen as this will help the scars heal and prevent more skin cancers from developing.

Why Choose Dr. Mesbahi?

After completing his six-year residency, Dr. Mesbahi was selected to pursue advanced training at a prestigious fellowship program for microvascular surgery and cancer reconstruction at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York City. Dr. Mesbahi is a specialist in the area of cancer reconstruction and provides results that conceal scars and minimize significant changes to your appearance.

 

If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer and would like to learn about your options for removal and reconstruction, contact our office at (703) 287-8277 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation.

shutterstock_412264318Hearing your doctor say that you have cancer can be terrifying. Skin cancer will strike one in every five Americans during their lifetime, but thankfully, most skin cancers may be safely removed within the confines of a doctor’s office. Here are some quick facts about skin cancer, how to minimize your risk, and how skin cancer reconstruction can improve your appearance after skin cancer removal.

Skin Cancer Quick Facts

  • Skin cancer will strike one in five Americans at some point during their lifetime.
  • Every 52 minutes, someone dies from melanoma.
  • With early detection, the five-year survival rate for melanoma is 98 percent.
  • More people have been diagnosed with skin cancer over the past 30 years than all other cancers combined.
  • 86 to 90 percent of skin cancers are caused by the sun.
  • Having had five or more sunburns in your lifetime doubles your risk of melanoma.
  • Over 419,000 cases of skin cancer each year in the U.S. are linked to indoor tanning.
  • Basal cell carcinoma is the most common type of skin cancer and, while rarely fatal, can be highly disfiguring.

How to Minimize Your Risk

In honor of May as Skin Cancer Awareness Month, raising awareness may help to minimize skin cancer risk and save lives. One of the best ways to minimize your risk is to apply sunscreen with an SPF of 15 or higher each day. Doing this will decrease skin aging by 24 percent and will also reduce the risk of squamous cell carcinoma by 40 percent and the risk of melanoma by 50 percent. In addition, foregoing any indoor tanning will help to significantly reduce your risk of developing skin cancer.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction

If you are diagnosed with skin cancer, one of your primary concerns may be whether or not skin cancer removal will leave you disfigured or horribly scarred. In many cases, skin cancer can be safely removed with inconspicuous scarring and minimal chances of cancer recurrence. If skin cancer must be removed from the sensitive areas of the face, Dr. Mesbahi works closely with the Mohs surgeon to perform skin cancer reconstruction. Dr. Mesbahi specializes in procedures such as local tissue transfer that can minimize the defects and conceal the scars after skin cancer removal. Skin cancer reconstruction can minimize disfigurement and help you continue to look your best after the diagnosis and removal of skin cancer.

Dr. Mesbahi is a board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in facial surgery and cancer reconstruction. To schedule your consultation with him today, please call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form at your earliest convenience.

shutterstock_125111810If you’re like many people, maintaining youthful looking skin is a high priority on your list. Unfortunately, prolonged exposure to the sun along with genetic factors often increase the rate of aging. Even if you follow proper skin care regimens by using sunscreen and moisturizers, it’s impossible to completely prevent your skin from aging. Luckily, cosmetic treatments, like laser resurfacing, can effectively diminish imperfections and restore a rejuvenated appearance to the skin to the face.

What are the benefits of laser resurfacing?

Laser resurfacing can noticeably improve the following conditions:

  • Sun damaged skin
  • Fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes
  • Blotchy skin and brown spots
  • Scars on the surface of the skin
  • Certain precancerous growths

How is laser resurfacing performed?

During the procedure, a specialized wand-like device that emits short pulses of laser light is passed over the skin. The energy in the laser is powerful enough to penetrate the deepest layers of the skin but gentle enough to not harm any of the surrounding tissues.

Is there any recovery time?

Although the treated area(s) may appear red for a few days, there is no downtime associated with this procedure. In fact, many patients return to work and their daily activities immediately after the procedure.

What are the results like?

Although a noticeable improvement is expected after just one treatment, multiple laser resurfacing sessions may be needed to obtain the best results.

To find out if you are a candidate for cosmetic laser resurfacing, we encourage you to contact Mesbahi Plastic Surgery. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form to get started today. As a board-certified professional, Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you during your initial consultation!

shutterstock_206631058If you’re like many people, summer is likely one of your favorite times of the year. However, as you enjoy all that the warm weather has to offer, it’s important that you protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays. Aside from applying a broad-spectrum sunscreen and taking cover in the shade whenever possible, here are a few other tips that can help keep your skin looking youthful.

Cleanse and Exfoliate

Prolonged exposure to the summer heat can break down skin cells, leaving you looking dry and dull in appearance. By cleansing and exfoliating, you are removing dead skin cells and promoting the healthy cells beneath to put forth your most vibrant skin possible.

Drink Water

A considerable amount of time spent in the sun will eventually dry out your skin. One of the easiest things you can do to take care of your skin is to hydrate from the inside out. Eight glasses of water per day is usually sufficient, but you may want to drink more if you’re in the sun for extended periods of time.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals, which attack healthy cells, can cause aging, and are precursors to cancer. By applying skincare products that contain vitamins C, E, and green tea, you can protect your skin from premature aging and even reverse the effects of sun damage.

Avoid Tanning Beds

With the popularity of tanning, it’s easy to get swept up in the craze of regularly visiting the tanning salon. What you may not know is the lights used in these tanning beds produce the same UVA and UVB rays that the sun emits and increase your risk for developing skin cancer. For a healthy tan, sunless tanning lotions can give you the sun-kissed glow you desire.

To keep your skin looking as youthful as possible, Dr. Mesbahi offers laser skin resurfacing along with other skin care treatments.

If you feel like your skin is in need of a little revitalization, we encourage you to contact our Maryland practice today. Call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Dr. Alex Mesbahi looks forward to meeting you and discussing how your skin can be improved. Enjoy the rest of your summer!

With summer officially upon us, you will likely be spending more time outdoors. While you enjoy the warmer weather and the other great benefits that this season has to offer, now is also a great time to touch on skin cancer. As the most common cancer in the United States, skin cancer is also one of the easiest to prevent. Below, are some helpful tips to help protect you from developing skin cancer.

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Of course you know about sunscreen and the basis of how it works, but do you know how often you’re supposed to be using it? According to the American Cancer Society, sunscreen of at least SPF 15 should be applied to the skin on a daily basis. To fully protect your skin, use a broad spectrum sunscreen, as it wards off both UVA and UVB rays.

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The sun’s harmful rays can also cause cancer in the eyes known as ocular skin cancer. Shielding your eyes with sunglasses not only averts this type of skin cancer, but also preserves your vision as well. When deciding on a pair that is suitable for protection, choose sunglasses that are wrap-around styled and deemed safe by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).

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Avoid Tanning

With the craze of tanning beds over the last few years, many individuals can now get that summer glow without ever stepping outdoors. However, various studies have proven that tanning beds pose the same risks as the sun when it comes to skin cancer. If you still wish to have sun-kissed skin without soaking in the sun, then sunless tanning lotions and sprays are a safer route to go.

If you already developed some any cancerous skin lesion, Dr. Alex Masbahi can help. Skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma can easily be treated under local anesthesia at his state-of-the-art practice.

To schedule your consultation with our Virginia based board-certified plastic surgeon, we welcome you to call (703) 287-8277 or fill out our online contact form today. Enjoy your summer!