If you have been diagnosed with skin cancer, treating the lesion(s) will likely be a priority for you to ensure that you do not have any recurrences of this disease.
However, oftentimes there is a large wound left after removal. Mohs Reconstruction is designed to help ensure that your wound is closed and your ordeal with skin cancer is concluded.
Board-certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS), Dave Lee, MD, is a Stanford-educated Chelmsford plastic surgeon who specializes in reconstructive surgery, particularly skin cancer reconstruction. He can help you through the final steps of overcoming your skin cancer and allow you to regain your self-confidence and ease your fears.
Many of our high-profile patients prefer to be private with their cosmetic procedures and prefer that their photographs not be placed online. At your consultation, you will be shown photographs of patients who have given us permission to display their before and after pictures.
While Mohs surgery is a technique for directly treating skin cancer, Mohs reconstruction is specifically meant to close the large open wound and damaged tissue that result from removing affected areas of skin. This type of reconstructive surgery often occurs one or two days after the skin cancer removal. Mohs reconstruction is designed to return functionality and the look of your skin once the cancerous tissue has been removed.
Because skin cancer can happen on any part of the body, there are several surgical reconstruction techniques employed by Dr. Dave Lee for Mohs Reconstruction in Chelmsford. These procedures are also dependent on how big the wound is, how deep the wound is, and what structures are missing from the cancer removal. Dr. Lee will work with you to determine which is the right procedure for you. The procedure can take up to a few hours to complete. Dr. Lee will stitch the wound closed with sutures to finish the surgery. Most procedures can be done in the office under local anesthesia.
After graduating from Stanford and attending medical school at the University of Rochester, Dr. Dave Lee completed an extra year of advanced cosmetic surgery training with an aesthetic fellowship at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, Marina Plastic Surgery in Marina del Rey, and the Rox Center in Beverly Hills.
He is also a member of both the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) and the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS). Dr. Lee specializes in skin cancer reconstruction, rhinoplasty, nasal airway reconstruction, breast reconstruction, breast surgery, and facelifts. In addition, he’s an accomplished classical pianist. His many years of training as a musician and surgeon have given his hands the highest technical precision. More than anything, Dr. Lee believes that his patients always come first and strives to be available for them. His outstanding service allows him to ease fears and build lifelong relationships.
Flap Closure: These kinds of techniques are the most common for facial reconstruction, though they can occur wherever there is healthy tissue near the wound. In this case, Dr. Lee will use nearby skin and tissue to close the defect.
Cartilage Grafting: With this technique, cartilage is taken from another part of the body and used to rebuild the area that has suffered a loss. This technique is often used for patients who have had cancer in their nose or ear. Cartilage from the ear, septum, or rib is often used.
Skin Grafting: This technique takes a piece of healthy skin from another part of the body and uses it to cover the damaged tissue in much the same way as a bandage does. These are often used for superficial wounds or when a wound is too large for flap closure.
If you’ve had Mohs surgery to treat your skin cancer and are in need of Mohs reconstruction to close your wounds, call or message us today to set up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Lee. Chelmsford Mohs Reconstruction expert Dr. Dave Lee is ready to discuss your aesthetic goals and establish a tailored treatment plan to meet them.
If you have undergone Mohs surgery for skin cancer and there is a large open wound that’s been left behind, Mohs reconstruction will close your wound. Many doctors recommend Mohs reconstruction in the case of extensive skin cancer.
Once your procedure is done, you’ll head to a recovery room and be monitored as you come out of anesthesia. It’s likely that the closed wound will be sore, but the discomfort is mild and can usually be managed with over-the-counter medications.
Because skin cancer and the accompanying Mohs surgery can take place on any part of the body and treatment options are based on the extent of your wound, costs vary for Mohs reconstruction in Chelmsford. Most insurance providers cover Mohs reconstruction, but there are also financing and payment options available.
That depends on the extent of the wound(s) to be closed. Sometimes, it’s necessary for you to undergo a series of procedures in order to have the best results. Recovery time for a procedure depends on the extent of reconstruction. Many people are back to their normal activities in two to three weeks.
Mohs surgery is designed so that you know right away if all cancer has been removed. Mohs reconstruction focuses on repairing the wound left behind after the skin cancer has been removed. It’s important to note that skin cancer can reoccur in other parts of the body. It will be important for you to follow-up with your dermatologist to monitor for any additional skin cancers.
Your beauty is a symphony. Don’t trust it to anyone less than a true performer and a master at his craft. Chelmsford plastic surgeon, Dr. Dave Lee brings the virtuosity of a concert pianist and the artistry of a renowned plastic surgeon to each procedure. Schedule a consultation today to discover why patients across New England are singing the praises of Dr. Lee and his staff at PURE Cosmetic Center.
15 Village Square, Chelmsford, MA 01824
15 Village Square,
Chelmsford, MA 01824