Miami Facial Reconstruction after Skin Cancer
One of the most common cancers diagnosed today is skin cancer. Individuals with a lifetime of sun exposure or a history of sunburns, both severe and minor, are especially prone to this kind of cancer. That is why it is so important to consult your doctor immediately if you find a skin lesion on your body. When you go to an appointment, your doctor may take a biopsy to run tests. The most commonly found cancers of the skin are basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. While such a diagnosis is indeed serious, we are fortunate to live in a time when many advances in skin cancer treatment have been made. Certain cancers can be removed by a dermatologist who specializes in Mohs surgery. This surgery has a very high success rate for curing some skin cancers, without damaging or removing normal, healthy skin. Even so, scarring can occur, which may be very prominent and make you uncomfortable with your appearance afterward. Fortunately, specialists like Dr. Bared at Facial Plastic Surgery Miami can help reduce the appearance of skin cancer surgery scars with facial reconstruction. You don’t have to wear the evidence of your fight against skin cancer prominently on your face. Depending on the specific needs of the patient, Dr. Bared may recommend you be seen by a specialist and may refer you to another provider.
Facial Reconstruction with Miami Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Bared
When to Consider Miami Facial Reconstruction
If Mohs surgery has been suggested for you, or you have already received the surgery and you want to reduce the resulting scars, then you are a candidate for facial reconstruction surgery at Facial Plastic Surgery Miami. Dr. Bared can help you if your surgery has already been performed and you are currently living with scars, but he can also help you before your Mohs surgery has occurred. He will consult with the dermatologist who will perform your cancer removal and they can work together to carefully plan methods that will achieve the best possible results. It is understandable that you may be concerned about the resulting scars that a cancer removal surgery will cause, and you don’t have to handle it alone. Dr. Bared can help you return to a more normal appearance after your cancer removal.
It is important that you lead a healthy lifestyle in order to maximize the results of your facial reconstruction. For example, smoking is a bad habit that is not only detrimental to your health, but can negatively impact your skin too. Your recovery from a facial reconstruction surgery will be significantly better if you don’t smoke. You should also practice skin safety by applying sunscreen if you expect sun exposure and keeping your face clean and moisturized. These can make you a more successful candidate for reconstruction as well. If you are ready to get professional information about facial reconstruction after skin cancer removal, you can set up a consultation with Dr. Bared.
The Facial Reconstruction Consultation with Miami Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Bared
Dr. Bared is a fellowship trained facial plastic surgeon, and he has received advanced facial reconstruction training for skin cancer patients. He will work directly with you and your Mohs dermatological surgeon to delicately plan your procedure and post-care for the best results possible. During your consultation, you should be as open and honest as possible to get the best help available for your personal situation. You can expect to discuss:
- Medical history
- Current state of health
- Results you expect and desire
- Your lifestyle and habits
If you have questions of your own, Dr. Bared encourages you to bring them with you. He will be happy to provide all of the answers that he can and give you a thorough look at the reconstruction process from start to finish. There are no bad questions, so don’t hesitate to ask about anything that concerns you. When you and the doctor have determined the appropriateness of this procedure for you, then you can schedule your reconstruction procedure.
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The Facial Reconstruction Procedure
Each case is unique, but all reconstruction procedures follow a similar pattern. You can get more information specific to your personal case, but the general process is as follows:
- Anesthesia: There are several types of anesthesia, and the kind you need depends upon the severity of your scar or wounded area. In some cases you will only need a local anesthetic, and the repair can be performed in the office, but in others you may need intravenous sedation. You can discuss your anesthesia method with the doctor during your consultation. After the anesthetic has taken effect, the procedure can begin.
- Incision: More minor cases won’t require an incision, but rather some resurfacing or laser correction. In others, Dr. Bared may need to make incisions in the affected area to achieve the results you desire. If this is the case, they will be carefully planned so that any resulting scars will be minimal and concealed in the contours of your face. After the damage is repaired, he will close the area.
- Sutures: If incisions were made, sutures may be required. They may be dissolvable or require removal at a follow up appointment, depending on your specific case.
After your facial reconstruction procedure, you will have a fairly quick and easy recovery process.
Recovery and Results from a Miami Facial Reconstruction
You will receive a detailed set of instructions for the care of your surgery site, and these should be followed closely for the best recovery possible. You may experience:
- Pain medication
In more minor cases, the downtime will be minimal, and you can take over the counter medication for your discomfort. If more is required, the doctor will inform you. Within a few weeks, you should be back to normal, though the results may take longer than that to settle into a more normal appearance. By the end of your recovery, you will have reduced scarring and will feel more comfortable with your appearance.