REPAIRING THE AREA AFTER REMOVING CANCERS
During their lifetime, 1 out of every 5 Americans will develop skin cancer with 80% of those cancers developing on the face, neck or scalp. Mohs skin cancer removal and surgery technique involves two critical components: 1) Removal of the cancer, after microscopically examining the cancerous area to determine how much tissue to remove, and then re-examining the area (all the margins) to ensure complete removal of the cancer. 2) Reconstruction of the defect that remains after removal of the skin cancer. Most defects (cancers) are found on the forehead, cheeks, nose and lips, and skilled reconstructive surgery is involved to avoid serious aesthetic or functional deformity. The nose, being the most prominent figure on the face, presents the greatest challenge during reconstruction, due to the complexity of its size, shape and function.