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.
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"I am 64 years old and decided to get a lower face lift (neck and jowls) I went to one surgeon for consultation . He turned out to be very insulting and extremely rude. Well, I lost heart. It took me several months, researching and with the help of my daughter (she is an esthetician). I finally decided to try one more surgeon in the same area where I live . Dr Justin Martin of Martin Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery in Dothan , AL. I was so apprehensive about another consultation, however, I really wanted to have the surgery. Well, I walked in and his staff, Monica, Sabrina and Kate, were so welcoming, I felt so comfortable. Had my consultation and Dr Martin was just as awesome and professional as his staff. By the time I left that consultation, I was ready for surgery. We had decided along with the Neck and jowls lift I would also get fat injected into my cheeks. Dr Martin informed me of what to expect and of the healing process. It is now four weeks out from the day of surgery. My stitches are out, I have had no problems and very thankful for Dr Martin's professional technical skills. And so very thankful to his beautiful staff. As a result of my surgery, I am looking hot! All kidding aside, I am very happy with the results. I am seeing a much fresher, healthier, happier me. I have a ways to go in the healing process, but I am thrilled."- I.B. / RealSelf / Nov 22, 2019
"Dr. Martin and his staff are the very polite, professional and kind. I went in for a consultation, he answered all my questions gave me all the information. I left that day with a surgery date. I got amazing results from my surgery. I highly recommend his office for any cosmetic procedures you will glad you did."- A.F. / Google / Nov 20, 2019
Mohs Reconstruction Surgery Ideal Candidates
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.
Mohs Reconstruction Surgery Surgical Technique
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 with Mohs Reconstruction Surgery
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.
Mohs Reconstruction Surgery 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.