Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Atlanta, GA
Skin cancer is an overwhelming diagnosis to have, but when the condition is found early, you have many treatment options. Once the cancer is removed, you may want to consider skin cancer reconstruction by double board certified plastic surgeon, Marisa Lawrence, M.D., whose boutique practice serves men and women in Alpharetta, Atlanta and surrounding areas in Georgia.
What is Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Surgeons who perform skin cancer removal tend to consider only the clinical benefits of the procedure, and the aesthetics after the surgery may be a lower priority. Skin cancer reconstruction by Dr. Lawrence is intended to give the treatment area a more pleasing and natural appearance.
What Are the Benefits of Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Surgically removing skin cancer can leave a significant wound or scarring in prominent areas. Skin cancer reconstruction is recommended for patients who wish to improve the appearance of the skin after the cancer is treated.
Am I a Candidate for Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
When post-Mohs surgical reconstruction is needed, it can be performed immediately by a well-qualified and experienced reconstructive plastic surgeon. It is important to understand there is no one procedure for performing post-Mohs reconstructive surgery since the locations, amounts, and types of tissues affected are different from patient to patient. Skin cancer reconstruction may be performed under local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia. Techniques commonly used by Dr. Lawrence include flap reconstruction, tissue expansion, and skin grafting. At your consultation, Dr. Lawrence will recommend the best choice for you.
What Should I Expect from Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
For skin cancer removal, the Mohs micrographic surgery technique is performed by certified dermatologists to meticulously remove cancerous tissue one layer at a time. After removal, the specimen’s surface area is examined under a microscope. If there are any cancer cells seen at the outer edges of the specimen, more of the surrounding tissue is removed and the process is repeated until the sample’s margins are examined and come up negative. This technique eliminates the guesswork from determining tumor margins, and is less likely than other surgical techniques to damage healthy skin surrounding the lesions. This technique provides the highest cure rate and lowest recurrence rate for basal and squamous cell cancers.
Regardless of the techniques used, Dr. Lawrence will take care whenever possible to ensure the resulting suture line is positioned to follow the natural creases and curves of the face, in order to minimize the appearance of your scar. In approximately 15% of cases, reconstruction after skin cancer excision must be performed in two stages. This occurs most often when certain types of flap techniques are used. The first stage creates and repositions the flap, and the second stage “sections” or separates the flap from its original location and blood supply. Therefore, once you have recovered and blood supply to the wound has been sufficiently established, a second surgery may need to be scheduled to complete reconstruction.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Reconstruction Cost in Atlanta, GA?
Skin cancer reconstruction varies by patient, and we discuss this information during the consultation. Our payment methods include cash, check, credit card and CareCredit® financing.
If you have a scar or wound from skin cancer treatment, double board certified plastic surgeon, Marisa Lawrence, M.D., can help with skin cancer reconstruction surgery. To learn more about this treatment for men and women in Alpharetta, Atlanta and surrounding areas in Georgia, contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lawrence at our boutique practice.