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.
"When searching for a plastic surgeon for a tummy tuck, I relied on Google searches. I called two surgeons and my first appointment was with Dr. Martin. I found all of his staff to be super friendly. From the phone call, to checking in, to my nurse and with Dr. Martin himself. He made me feel comfortable and answered all of my questions directly. I left his office feeling peace about my consult that I never went to meet with the second surgeon I called. I’ve recently gone back for my second follow up appointment and it was another pleasant experience. I am 6 weeks out from my procedure and am so happy I finally had this done. And my new belly button looks so natural. If you are looking for a plastic surgeon, this is the place for you. I am already planning on using Dr Martin again in the future."- J.P. / Google / Jun 17, 2022
"I went to Dr.Martin for a consultation back in November of 2021 after my drastic weightloss. The office was clean, the staff is so sweet and caring, and was given multiple options for my surgery. He was very clear on what to expect, healing time, and aftercare of my surgery. In March of 2022 I had a 360 Lower Body Lift and every phase I went through he answered my questions, nurses called me back, and reassured me to trust the process. Even though I wanted my tubes pulled early and hated every minute of it, he was right on with leaving them in. Without his expertise on it I probably would of had swelling I didn’t want. In the end Dr Martin is a gem in the Dothan plastic surgery area. I’m so happy I went with him and I’m amazed on how well my scars are so minimal! What ever you do, don’t sleep on seeing him. He’s really great at what he does. Go see him!"- A.T. / Google / May 17, 2022
"For my 40th birthday I wanted to give myself the gift of a tummy tuck. Dr Justin Martin came highly recommended to me by a co worker. After a very thorough consultation I scheduled the surgery. Dr Martin told my husband as I was being taken back for surgery that , "he would see him tonight", at almost 8pm we had given up on seeing him but sure enough here he came walking in the door. Dr Martin told me I wouldn't have any pain just soreness and that was definitely the case. I was up walking around by 7am the next morning when Dr Martin made his rounds. I cannot rave about my results, Dr Martin or his staff enough! Best thing I ever did was have this surgery! My confidence is through the roof and I just love the way I look and feel in my skin now!"- K.B. / Google / Apr 27, 2022
"He and his entire office staff are very pleasant and caring - Dr Martin is absolutely the best Plastic Surgeon around. He and his entire office staff are very pleasant and caring from the very first time you walk in the office. The results are amazing and you won’t find a better plastic surgeon. Also, let me add that I had almost no pain at all."- P. / RealSelf / Mar 31, 2022
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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.