About Reconstructive Surgery
While treatment of your skin cancer is your primary concern, reconstruction of the target area is also important. Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Justin Martin offers post-Mohs reconstructive surgery for beautiful, natural-looking results. Dr. Martin utilizes local flaps and skin grafts to address specific areas on the face where cancer has been excised, such as the nose, ears, lips, forehead, and eyelids. Typically, once all the skin cancer is removed, Dr. Martin will work with your Mohs surgeon to coordinate the reconstructive procedure. If you plan on having Mohs surgery and desire a seamless look, call Martin Plastic Surgery in Dothan, AL to schedule a consultation today. Dr. Martin will be happy to sit down with you to determine if you are a good candidate for this procedure.
"I’m so glad I decided to make that first consultation with Dr Martin. It turned out to be the best cosmetic decision I’ve made yet. I have had procedures done by 2 other PS in Dothan so I have had experience with them all and Dr Martin is hands down the best choice of them all. From his friendly bedside manner to his amazing work he’s an amazing PS. He is confident in his work and what he can accomplish when other PS say it can’t be done. He was very patient with me with all ...of my questions and the 3 consultation appts I made before my surgery 😬I had more questions and I wanted to be 100% sure we were on the same page with my expectations and because of my past experiences with other PS. He listened to every concern I had and at 1 week PO those concerns are history. So far no issues in recovery and Dr Martin and his nurses have taken excellent care of me. His office is just a friendly environment and you can see that Dr Martin appreciates these 3 precious ladies he has by his side everyday. That says a lot about a person in my book. Anyway search no further cuz believe me I’ve done it for you. 😉Dr Martin is the right choice!! I plan to use him for other procedures I need from here on out 😍♥️💜♥️"- S.G. / Facebook / Aug 28, 2019
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"6 weeks post BREAST surgery!!! ... ... 100% SATISFIED!!! More than 100%... ... I had consultations with Dr. Baker, Destin Plastic Surgery and 3 others. All of them told me they “weren’t sure” or they simply COULDN’T give me the results I wanted. And ALL quoted me higher than Dr. Martin! When I met with Dr. Martin he was absolutely SURE he could give me what I wanted and was more than confident in his ability to do so! I am VERY picky and VERY VERY hard to please!!! You WILL be happy with Dr Martin, his work, and his very sweet and helpful staff in the office!!!"- K.B. / Facebook / Jul 24, 2019
"I recently had a rhinoplasty done by Dr. Martin and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out. He took the time to answer all of my questions and one of his amazing nurses even scheduled me an (free) appointment to help ease my nerves before my operation when I had tons of questions. My first appointment here I was able to schedule my surgery and even had a payment plan set up before I left. Everything turned out exactly how I wanted and was done within a month of my first appointment. Would highly recommend!!"- T.H. / Google / Jul 03, 2019
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Post-Mohs reconstructive surgery is for anyone who has already undergone a Mohs surgery or who is planning on having Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer. The overall goal of reconstructive surgery is to attain an optimal cosmetic result. If you are considering this procedure, you will need to undergo a thorough consultation with Dr. Martin to determine if you are an ideal candidate. During this time, Dr. Martin will also coordinate with your Mohs surgeon to discuss your condition. Your safety and comfort is our top priority.
Once the affected area is determined cancer-free, Dr. Martin will go over all your options for reconstruction. The method used will depend on the size, location, and depth of the removed skin cancer/tumor. Typically, Dr. Martin will use one of the following approaches:
- Local flaps – This is the most common technique used for post skin cancer facial reconstructive surgery. It utilizes the surrounding tissue to address the affected area(s). In some cases, this is performed in two stages. First, the flap is created and repositioned, and then it's separated from its original location and blood supply.
- Skin grafts – For this method, healthy tissue is taken from another area of the body, such as the thighs and transplanted to the recipient site to correct damaged skin. Typically, a patient's own skin is used, but in some cases, animal skin or synthetic tissue may be an option.
- Tissue expanders – Generally, this is only used in very rare cases but involves placing an expandable balloon-like device in the injured area to grow more tissue to cover the wound site.
What to Expect
After surgery, you will be closely monitored and given detailed aftercare instructions to follow at home. Post-Mohs reconstructive surgery is usually completed on an outpatient basis, with patients able to drive themselves home later. Even though the treated site will be bandaged, it's likely you can resume regular activities the following day. This rules out any strenuous exercise or significant tasks for up to two weeks.
With any cosmetic surgery, it's important to have realistic expectations. In some cases, post-Mohs reconstructive surgery will need to be done in two stages, especially if the flap method is used. Reconstructive surgeries that use other methods may also require a secondary procedure to attain desired results. It's important to talk to Dr. Martin about all your questions and concerns during your initial consultation to understand the reconstruction process before moving forward.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does it cost?
Post-Mohs reconstructive surgery may be covered by your insurance. Our office will contact your provider to determine your coverage benefits and if you will have any out-of-pocket costs. We accept many payment options and will help you find medical financing to make your procedure affordable.
Is it painful?
Since anesthesia is used, most patients experience little pain during surgery but may feel mild discomfort. After surgery, most patients experience minimal pain so medication usually isn’t required. If there’s pain associated with the surgery, Dr. Martin will normally advise an over-the-counter painkiller.
Will I have a scar?
Scarring will differ based upon the technique used and your specific case. Patients with larger treatment areas or complex cases are more likely to have a scar. However, Dr. Martin will do all he can to minimize scarring as much as possible. Once you have healed, he may recommend scar revision surgery to help diminish the appearance of scarring even further.
Will I need more than one treatment?
Every patient case is different and presents its own unique needs. During your initial consultation, Dr. Martin will discuss the likelihood of you needing multiple treatments. There are some patients who may require a second surgery to attain optimal cosmetic results.
Plan Your Procedure
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Seek Superior Care
When considering reconstructive surgery, it's imperative to do thorough research and locate a trained plastic surgeon who's a good match for your expectations and needs. Success rates of this process are directly connected to a physician's ability and expertise. To find out more about the experience, training, and success rates of Dr. Martin, call Martin Plastic Surgery today to schedule an appointment.