Plastic surgeons are often consulted to remove suspicious lesions and moles, particularly in areas of the face where scarring needs to be minimized. In addition, patients are often sent to Dr. Reitzen after the lesion has been removed for wound closure and skin cancer reconstruction.
Skin Cancer Reconstruction Surgery Details
Many times, skin cancer reconstruction can be performed in the office; however, larger reconstructions may require an outpatient hospital setting. The procedure is typically performed with the patient under local anesthesia with sedation. The lesion and the healthy skin that surrounds it will be excised with a scalpel, and then the remaining wound will be repaired. The surgery takes 1-3 hours.