No matter who you are, learning that you have cancer can be devastating and overwhelming. After receiving the news of the diagnosis, you may face a series of treatments, including medications, radiation, and surgery.
Once you’ve completed treatment, you begin your life as a survivor. Although this is a milestone to celebrate, it’s often a time of mixed emotions due to the physical and emotional impact cancer has had on your life. In the case of skin cancer, you may be left with scars that make it difficult for you to move past the disease for good. And, the majority of skin cancers are located in very visible locations such as the face and neck.
Plastic surgery has made amazing strides in the field of skin cancer reconstruction. In the hands of a skilled surgeon, scar revisions, skin grafts, and reconstructing facial features can produce remarkable results that would not have been possible in the past.
How a plastic surgeon can help
If you worked with a dermatologist for skin cancer treatment, consult with him or her about when you can meet with a plastic surgeon to discuss reconstruction. Everyone’s timeline may be different, depending on where your cancer was located and what kind of cancer it was. One thing is certain: even the most minimal skin cancer removal can leave a very noticeable mark on a person’s face or body. And, an experienced plastic surgeon is the person you want to see when you’re ready to leave those scars behind.
Using a skilled plastic surgeon for skin cancer reconstruction cannot be emphasized enough. Facial structures are unique and complex, so make sure you choose a surgeon who is experienced in performing facial plastic surgeries. Make an appointment to speak with the plastic surgeon so you can discuss your expectations and the best possible route you can take to restore your appearance. Ask to see before-and-after photos of reconstructive work on other patients.
Ask any questions you may have during your consultation, and take time to think about the procedure. Make sure the surgeon is attentive to your concerns and compassionate toward you and your needs.
An extra boost
Some patients opt for complementary procedures in addition to skin cancer reconstruction. Some people decide on facial rejuvenation such as Botox® or a dermal filler to give them a youthful boost, while others may enjoy getting eyelid surgery or another procedure they’ve always wanted. This can further boost confidence and make a person feel and look years younger as they move past the scars of skin cancer once and for all.
Would you like to learn more about your options for skin cancer reconstruction? Contact Monarch Plastic Surgery to schedule your consultation.