Skin Cancer Reconstruction with Dr. Anthony Wilson
Dr. Wilson and his team work closely with local dermatologists to provide comprehensive skin cancer treatment and reconstruction.
What Is the Process for Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
A dermatologist typically removes facial skin cancer using advanced techniques of MOHs micrographic surgery. This method results in the smallest possible defect. Dr. Wilson will examine the site of the cancer removal and determine the best technique for the reconstruction. This reconstruction is typically done the day following the initial removal. At times the reconstruction is done immediately following the removal in the evening. Patients requiring sedation for larger reconstructions and those patients who elect for sedation will be done in an outpatient surgical setting. Patients will small excisions are candidates for reconstruction the day of the initial procedure in the office setting.
The excision site is treated in one of three ways. If the site is small and in an area with sufficient skin mobility, Dr. Wilson will perform a layered linear closure much like other excision sites. If the site is larger or there is insufficient tissue such as areas near the eyes or nose, Dr. Wilson will perform either a local flap, where tissue is transferred from the immediate vicinity, or a skin graft, where tissue is transferred from a distant area. The decision to perform a skin graft or flap closure is dependent on the location of the site as well as patient preference.
For patients undergoing closure in the operating room it is essential that you do not eat or drink after midnight the night prior to your procedure.
Please see our patient documents section for post-operative instructions.
For management of postoperative scars, Dr. Wilson and his team recommend Biocorneum scar gel. In cases where scars are pink following the procedure laser therapy may be indicated. In most cases, this laser is not covered by insurance plans. All other components of skin cancer reconstruction are covered by insurance.
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From Breast Augmentation to Non-Surgical Rhinoplasty and everything in-between, Board-Certified plastic surgeon Anthony Wilson, MD, FACS offers a wide range of procedures at his Portsmouth, NH office. If you are interested in booking a procedure, take the next steps by scheduling a consultation today.
Meet Dr. Wilson
Anthony Wilson, MD, FACS has vast experience performing facial, body, and reconstructive procedures. After receiving an undergraduate degree from Harvard University and completing training with a medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Wilson has continued to improve his technique to ensure the best results possible. Learn More about Anthony Wilson, MD, FACS and why you should choose the Board-Certified plastic surgeon for your next procedure in the Seacoast Region.