Facial Reconstruction Surgery
- Post traumatic and Mohs surgery reconstruction
Reconstructive surgery is performed to improve the function or appearance of a part of the body that is abnormal because of congenital deformities (birth defects) or acquired deformities (i.e. from facial trauma, infection, disease, surgery, etc. ). Patients of all ages can be helped, whether it's a child with cleft lip, a teenager with a broken nose, a man undergoing skin cancer removal, or a patient with facial fracture.
Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery
Skin cancer is unfortunately a growing disease, with over a million new cases reported each year. While it can be fatal, many cases, especially those detected early, can be treated effectively. But after skin cancer is removed, it can leave behind unsightly scars or deformities.
Source: NCI Visuals Online. Skin Cancer Foundation.
Mohs Surgery Reconstruction
Mohs micrographic surgery is a procedure used to remove skin cancer by certain dermatologists.
Despite its high level of efficiency, Mohs surgery can leave behind large wounds in prominent areas of the face. These deformities can be unsightly and emotionally upsetting. Reconstruction surgery can be performed to repair the wound and restore your skin to a more healthy and natural appearance.
Reconstruction after Mohs surgery can often be performed the same day or the day after the removal procedure. Reconstructive procedures are performed on an individualized basis, depending on each patient's wound, and can involve a skin graft, rotational flaps or complex surgical closure.
While complete tumor resection is the main goal, reconstruction uses the remaining healthy tissue to carefully restore the area for both effective and aesthetic results.
Microvascular reconstruction, also as known as free flap surgery, is a surgical procedure that involves using a composite piece of tissue from another part of the body to the head and neck. When these pieces of tissue are moved, they require their own blood supply for survival in their new location. This is similar to how a transplant works, except we are using a patient’s own body to provide the reconstructive tissue.
After the reconstruction is carefully secured in the head and neck, the blood vessels that feed the tissue transplant are reconnected to new blood vessels in the neck.
Since these blood vessels are usually 1 to 3 millimeters in diameter, the connections must be done with a microscope - hence, the term “microvascular surgery.”