Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Skin grafts are often employed after Mohs surgery. Mohs surgery is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. During Mohs surgery, thin layers of cancer-containing skin are removed until only cancer-free tissue is left.
Skin grafting can reduce the course of treatment needed and improve the function and appearance of the area of the body where the graft is placed. There are two types of skin grafts; the more common type is partial thickness skin graft where a thin layer is removed from a healthy part of the body (the donor section) or a full thickness skin graft, where a full-thickness layer is removed from the donor section. A full thickness skin graft is more risky, in terms of the body accepting the skin but leaves only a scar line on the donor section. For full thickness skin grafts, the donor section will often heal much more quickly than the injury and is less painful than a partial thickness skin graft.
Flap surgery is a piece of tissue that is still attached to the body by a major artery and vein or at its base. This piece of tissue with its attached blood supply is used in reconstructive surgery by being set into a recipient site (injured area onto which a flap or graft is placed). Sometimes, the flap is comprised of skin and fatty tissue only, but a flap may also include muscle and cartilage from the donor site (the area from which the flap is raised).
Adjacent Tissue Transfer
Adjacent tissue transfer involves moving healthy skin to replace damaged skin. When done on the face, this procedure requires an expert’s touch and experience. The physicians at Desert Cliffs Surgery Center are leaders in the field of facial adjacent tissue transfer. If you have recently undergone skin cancer treatment and are struggling with scars or disfigurement, talk to your physician today about what adjacent tissue transfer at Desert Cliffs Surgery Center can do for you.
The physicians at Desert Cliffs Surgery Center are experts in performing linear closures. In fact, it’s our most common procedure. When performing a linear closure, the physician shapes the wound so that it can be closed along a single line. He or she then utilizes sutures to bring the facial tissue together. The result is a thin closure that heals without leaving scarring.