Mayo Clinic-trained, board-certified Nashville plastic surgeon Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., uses a finely detailed hand to restore appearance after skin cancer. He performs skin cancer closure surgeries for men and women in Nashville and Franklin who wish to restore a more normal appearance to their face after suffering defects from skin cancer.
Relief from the Scarring Effects of Skin Cancer
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers. It accounts for nearly half of all cancers in the United States. The most common in this region are basal and squamous cell. Most basal and squamous cell cancers develop on sun-exposed areas of the skin, such as the face, ear, neck, lips, and the backs of the hands.
Although being diagnosed with and treated for skin cancer can be a scary time, rest assured that Dr. Robbins has the plastic and reconstructive surgery expertise needed to close skin cancer regularities with precision, so you look and feel your best following treatment. Dr. Robbins underwent advanced plastic surgery training at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., one of the world’s leading hospitals for medical treatment and surgical training. He is confident he can minimize the appearance of damage from skin cancer.
Skin Cancer Closure Treatment Options
There are many options for the closure of skin cancer defects. Most commonly, Dr. Robbins treats these with skin grafts or local flaps. The choice of closure technique depends on size and depth of defect. Dr. Robbins pays close attention to your skin type and skin texture, taking care to conceal scars in the anatomic landmarks of the face. An example of this would be to conceal the scar in the groove where the nose meets the cheek.
What to Expect During Consultation
Upon your consultation with Dr. Robbins, you will be well informed of the procedure. However, depending on the size of the defect, Dr. Robbins will not know what closure will be necessary until after the cancer has been removed. Our qualified nurses will take photographs, discuss the procedure and answer any questions you may have, including pre- and post-op care instructions.
Each skin cancer closure surgery is an individualized procedure. In the initial consultation, Dr. Robbins discusses each patient’s goals realistically. Once a date for surgery is set, Dr. Robbins and his staff will give instructions on how to prepare.
Skin Cancer Closure Surgery Procedure Details
The majority of all skin cancer wounds from Mohs surgery may be repaired on the same day, in the office, and under local anesthesia. Having your reconstructive surgery under local anesthesia is safer and more cost-effective. There is no need to fast, and, generally, most medications may be continued except blood thinners. Rarely, repairs may need to occur on another day or in a surgical center.
Recovering From Skin Cancer Closure
Once a wound is repaired, time is the best medicine. Even when a wound is sealed, there is still active healing underneath for many more months. The scar will not mature until 12 months or more after surgery. Patience, following wound care instructions, not smoking, and avoiding stress on the wound are all critical to optimize your results.
Dr. Robbins is a compassionate plastic surgeon who is dedicated to helping patients overcome the difficulty of being diagnosed with and treated for skin cancer. He understands that cancer patients have been through a trying time, and he strives to help them get back to normal and feel like themselves again through surgical reconstruction.
Am I a Candidate for Skin Cancer Closure Surgery?
Men and women in the Nashville area who have facial scarring as a result of skin cancer may be ideal candidates for skin cancer closure surgery.
How Much Does Skin Cancer Closure Cost?
Cost for skin cancer closure surgery will depend on the extent of the surgery as well as the number of treatments required to achieve the desired result. Insurance may cover your skin cancer closure. For payment information, please contact the office to see what options are available to you.
Chad Robbins, M.D., F.A.C.S., is board certified in plastic surgery, and he is skilled in the most advanced cosmetic and reconstructive surgery techniques for men and women in and around Nashville and Franklin. In addition to performing facial plastic surgery, he is a leading provider of breast augmentation, liposuction, and other body contouring procedures. His focus is on helping patients enhance their quality of life as they achieve their aesthetic goals. Please contact us to schedule a consultation with Dr. Robbins in Nashville.