Skin Cancer Reconstruction
If you have a skin cancer lesion, Dr. Nguyen can remove it and reconstruct the area if needed.
Who is it for?
If you have a skin cancer lesion, Dr. Nguyen can remove it and reconstruct the area if needed. He will use all necessary techniques to excise the cancer completely and reconstruct the area to achieve the most natural looking result.
How does it work?
After you have been sedated using local anesthesia, intravenous sedation, or general anesthesia, Dr. Nguyen will begin the removal of the cancerous tissue. If the lesion is small or contained, excision will be fairly straightforward and simple. Sometimes, however, the visible portion of the lesion is only a small part of the cancer. Cancerous cells may cover a large area beneath the skin, and require special testing to detect. Once the pathologist has indicated that there is a clear margin— a cancer-free region—around the excision site, Dr. Nguyen will close the incision primarily or using other plastic reconstructive techniques to repair the defect.
If Dr. Nguyen has had to remove a large amount of skin and/or tissue in order to
excise the cancerous cells, the result may be disfiguring. In order to reconstruct the surgery site, he may reposition healthy adjacent tissue to cover it. He may also use a skin graft from another area of the body to cover and reconstruct the site of the lesion. Regardless of the technique, Dr. Nguyen will make scarring as inconspicuous as possible.
What happens after the procedure?
During your recovery, be sure to care for your incisions as instructed by Dr. Nguyen. You may experience soreness, and the incision sites may be red or drain fluid. It is important to avoid sun exposure as your incisions heal because it can often lead to irregular pigmentation and scarring. Over the course of the year following your surgery, you should see your incision lines diminish, and some patients require a secondary surgery to refine their reconstruction.