Facial reconstruction surgery is different from facial cosmetic surgery as it is designed to restore normal function and form to the head, face and neck in order to improve a patient’s self-esteem and appearance. Reconstructive surgery is usually performed following a birth defect, trauma or injury, tumor removal, disease, or serious infection.
Skin Cancer Treatment
Skin cancer is the most common type of cancer and it may appear anywhere on the body; although, it most frequently appears on skin that is exposed to sunlight. More than one million new cases are diagnosed each year.
There are three major forms of skin cancer:
- Melanoma is the most serious form that affects melanocytes, which produce melanin in the skin.
- Basal cell carcinoma affects basal cells, which produce new skin cells.
- Squamous cell carcinoma affects squamous cells just below the surface of the skin.
Treatment depends on the location, size and type of tumor. The most effective treatment, however, is removing the entire growth.
Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) is a common surgical technique that carefully removes layers of tissue to examine under a microscope. Thin layers are removed to ensure the entire cancer growth is excised while sparing healthy tissue. After Mohs surgery is performed by a dermatologic surgeon, patients may be referred to a reconstruction surgeon like Dr. Hobgood.
After Mohs surgery, a hole or depression will remain, which can be very significant and disfiguring. Facial reconstruction surgery can be performed immediately to repair damage and reconstruct the facial tissue. Most defects are repaired with skin flaps, which is the local redundant tissue that is advanced or “flapped” over to cover the defect from the Mohs surgery. A skin graft may also be used.
Dr. Todd Hobgood
Double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Todd Hobgood has dedicated his career to treating and improving the head and neck. His focused expertise ensures that your results reflect your own unique desires and the complex anatomy of your face.Meet Dr. Hobgood
Facial Trauma Reconstruction
Trauma to the face can impact patients physically and emotionally. There are several causes of facial trauma; although, the most common are car accidents, falls, sports injuries, violence, and work-related injuries. Facial trauma is classified as soft tissue injury (gums and skin), bone injury (fractures) or injury to a special region, such as the facial nerves or eyes.
Dr. Hobgood provides restoration of a patient’s aesthetic appearance without sacrificing long-term function. He will use specific methods that depend on the type of injury and the type of tissue that must be replaced. In some cases, multiple procedures will be required to achieve the desired goal.