Skin cancer repair after Mohs’ surgery reconstructs the soft tissue defect that results from removal of skin cancer, most commonly in the face.
Dr. Codner uses specialized techniques to restore your appearance that include replacing the removed skin with grafts or flaps of adjacent skin, and using suture techniques to minimize visible scarring.
Generally outpatient, skin cancer repair is commonly performed under local anesthesia possibly with mild sedation.
You may engage in light activity the day after your surgery. A return to more normal activity may take 1-2 weeks. Your appearance will gradually refine over the following 6-8 weeks as the scars heal; secondary procedures including dermabrasion or laser treatments may be recommended to further improve your results.
Proper skincare and sun protection are essential during healing and to maintain your results and skin health.
“After the cancer was cut away it seemed my face was ruined. Your skill and kind caring manner made such a difference in my life — more than I am able to express. The physical scars will fade. You left no emotional scars to heal. Your staff made me feel comfortable and they gave me much support. I truly appreciate them. I am so happy with the results of your work! You made a nice new nose for me.”
“Thank you so much with helping me with the “residue” of my Graves Disease. Your concern and guidance is greatly appreciated. Your staff has been very kind and understanding of my needs. I am always able to get into see you in a very timely manner.”
“I just wanted to express my gratitude For everything you and your staff have done For me. When I first began this cancer nightmare I didn’t know one plastic surgeon From another. I consider it my good Fortune to have ended up in y0ur care. I will never Forget the first visit to you. I broke down in your examining room. l was so embarrassed and yet you and your nurse were so comforting toward me. You looked me straight in the eye and said, “We’re going to get you through this,” and that is exactIy what you did. I have come to respect you both as a physician and a human being. My life has been made better by having you in it.”
“I just wanted to thank you For taking care 0F me so well! I Felt so confident with you removing the Basil Cell Carcinoma (and leaving my Face with virtually no scar!) I love the results. You are a great person and I Feel so lucky to know you!”
Articles and Lectures
ASPS, Perspectives and Advances in Plastic Surgery, Difficult Cases and Management of Complications, Lower Lid & SOOF, MOHs Reconstruction of the Face, , Vail, CO, 2008.
Chairman, Perspectives and Advances in Plastic Surgery, Mohs repair of Nasal and Lip Defects, Eyelid Anatomy and Reconstruction, , Vail, CO, 2000.
Reconstruction Following Mohs’ Surgery, American Society of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons Nursing, Atlanta, GA, 1998.
Sasoon, EM, Codner, MA. Eyelid Reconstruction. Operative Techniques in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, 6(4), 250-264, 1999.