about reconstruction surgery
The feeling that comes with conquering skin cancer is both exhilarating and relieving. Despite this huge victory, many patients are faced with the displeasure of having an unsightly scar or blemish as a result of their cancer removal surgery. If a Mohs procedure has left a deep scar or an unattractive, pitted mark, men and women can feel discomfort or dissatisfaction with their appearance. Advancements in modern cosmetic techniques, however, have made it possible to achieve a smoother look. With skin cancer reconstruction surgery, board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque can improve the blemish left behind from Mohs. Using his skill and experience, he can tastefully repair the integrity of your skin by concealing small or large areas of tissue loss and reducing the look of shiny scar tissue. If you think skin cancer reconstruction surgery could improve the way you look and feel, schedule a one-on-one consultation at Levesque Plastic Surgery.
"I went to Dr. Levesque for some liposuction on the hard to lose areas of my thighs and flanks. He made sure my expectations were realistic and exactly what he could and couldn't do. He was very detailed in describing the procedure and very patient with questions. It is very obvious he truly cares about his patients and won't just do any procedure a patient wants, but will do what he can to ensure the patient will be happy with the results. For example, I wanted lipo on my rear end. Alot of it. He told me that if he did too much, I would get saggy and explained clearly why what I wanted wasn't a good idea. Other plastic surgeons might have just done it anyway. I felt extremely comfortable with him and trusted him completely. I'm very glad I did! I am extremely happy with my results and would never hesitate to do another procedure with him."- J.H. / Google / May 10, 2019
"Dr. Levesque is a kind, caring, calm surgeon. I went to him for a rhinoplasty (open approach with osteotomy as well as tip refinement) and cannot express enough thanks for the effortless experience - consultation to post-op. I was able to communication directly with Dr. Levesque whenever I had a concern or question, both pre and post op. I am in disbelief I felt fully recovered after only 3 days post-op and ready to go back to work. I had minimal pain for 3 days post op then switched to NSAIDs, as needed. There was some bruising, which I covered up with makeup. His longtime assistant Helen Klingensmith does my botox and dermal procedures. She is so cheerful, and great at finding the best prices for you!"- E. / Google / Dec 27, 2019
"Love this Doctor and his staff. After being hit by a drunk driver my right hand/wrist had some major repairs that needed to be done. Dr. Levesque walked me through the entire procedure, how/why, and answered any questions I had while I laid in the ER. Knowing and seeing that I was upset that I needed surgery he calmly explained reassured me that my hand wouldn't be "gone". I had 2 pins taken out of my wrist after a few weeks. That's not a "no pain" procedure. He did his best to be gentle and quick. Every time I've been to his office for follow ups he never rushes me, takes time to talk about life in general, always wants to make sure I'm happy with the results, and explains to me different options for the future. Thank you for everything."- J.H. / Google / Oct 26, 2019
"What a great experience. Office is clean, people are nice, and they listen to your concerns the entire time. Most importantly, a great result. Thank you!"- T.R. / Yelp / Oct 18, 2019
"I had a dog bite that resulted in a 3 sided laceration to my lower lip and a puncture wound on my chin that needed to be repaired. Dr. Levesque did such a wonderful job that even though I'm only a week out it's not even noticeable. I am so lucky he was on call. I would 100% see him again for other elective procedures. Thank you!"- M.R. / Yelp / Sep 09, 2019
Patients of all ages who have scars left behind from Mohs surgery could be ideal candidates for skin cancer reconstruction. If you are currently being treated for cancer, Dr. Levesque is happy to work with your Mohs surgeon to achieve the best result with as little wait time as possible. He can also perform cancer excision for some lower risk types of cancer and benign lesions. From there, he can appropriately mend the remaining skin.
Candidates for this procedure should have no traces of infection. They could also have:
- Scars or blemishes as a result of Mohs surgery
- Certain types of low risk cancers (Dr. Levesque will let you know during your consultation if he can remove your skin cancer; if not, he may refer you to a Mohs surgeon.)
- Lesions caused by radiation
- Depressions left by the removal of large moles
Skin cancer reconstruction surgery can be performed on the day of or the day after your Mohs procedure. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will assess the condition of your skin and scar and decide the best course of action from there. Reconstruction surgery is highly personalized because every individual's area of concern is different. Depending on the blemish, your skin cancer restoration procedure could require a skin graft, the flap technique, simple surgical closure, or adjacent tissue transfer. Dr. Levesque always tries to restore the missing tissue by replacing "like with like." Careful consideration must be made for hiding potential scars in natural creases or shadow areas, which is why choosing a qualified reconstructive surgeon to perform this procedure is crucial. The surgery could last anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 hours based on the severity of the issue and the technique employed.
What to Expect
Following your Mohs reconstruction, you will be sent home to recover. A member of our team will give you detailed instructions to care for your incisions so they heal well. Dr. Levesque will provide or recommend a topical ointment for you to apply to the area, which will lower your risk of developing an infection. Before you are released, a follow-up appointment will be scheduled at Levesque Plastic Surgery so we can monitor your recovery. It's important to avoid any strenuous activity, such as exercise, for 2 – 3 weeks or until you are cleared to resume your normal activities. Protecting your skin from the sun is also crucial, so you should ensure that your treated area is shielded from UV rays. The results from your surgery should start to be noticeable after around 2 – 3 weeks.
Frequently asked questions
How much does skin cancer reconstruction surgery cost?
The costs for your skin cancer reconstruction will depend on the size of the area being treated, as well as the complexity of the techniques used. Other factors that will play into your costs are any anesthesia or facility fees. During your consultation, Dr. Levesque will go over your options and formulate your personalized treatment plan. From there, he will be able to estimate pricing. Our office accepts many forms of insurance, payment, and medical financing.
Will I have scars?
You will have some scarring as a result of your surgery. However, the scars you receive from skin cancer reconstruction should be significantly less drastic than what you had to start out with. It will take about 3 weeks for the treated area to heal, and your fullest results can be noticed about 6 months after your operation. Dr. Levesque uses his years of experience to ensure that any scarring from your procedure is discreet and well concealed.
Why is a plastic surgeon better than a dermatologist?
While dermatologists and Mohs surgeons are certainly qualified to remove skin cancer growths, plastic surgeons are highly trained in preserving the appearance and integrity of the skin to ensure the most natural-looking results. For reconstructive surgery, it is best for patients to select an experience, board-certified plastic surgeon so their aesthetic goals can be met safely and effectively.
When should I have my skin cancer reconstruction surgery?
You can have your skin cancer reconstruction procedure as soon as the day of or the day after your Mohs surgery. Dr. Levesque will happily coordinate with your surgeon to ensure that your results are achieved with as little wait time as possible. Some patients, however, may wish to see how their incisions heal naturally following their skin cancer excision. If this is the case, you may receive the surgery later on.
Reconstruction after mohs
Selecting a skilled surgeon is crucial if you are ready to take the last step on your road to recovery by receiving skin cancer reconstruction surgery. This procedure can have dramatic effects for patients who have dealt with anxiety or discomfort over the look of their skin resulting from Mohs. Board-certified plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Andre Y. Levesque is proud to offer this procedure to Austin, TX residents who have overcome skin cancer. Contact Levesque Plastic Surgery to learn more about repair surgery after Mohs.