Cosmetic treatment to repair the visible damage caused by the cancer and/or its cure can be an important part of the rehabilitation process for many people.
Skin cancer patients often suffer from aftereffects ranging from scarring to loss of certain facial features such as the ears, nose, or lips. In many cases, a reconstructive cosmetic surgeon can help to restore both appearance and self-confidence.
“One of the most common types of reconstruction I perform for skin cancer patients is scar revision,” says Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a reconstructive cosmetic surgeon in Beverly Hills, California.
Scar revision procedures might entail any of or all of the following techniques, including:
· Non-surgical cosmetic procedures – Many available non-surgical cosmetic procedures can minimize the scarring left after skin cancer treatment. Procedures such as microdermabrasion, which buffs away scar tissue, chemical peels, fractionated laser or filler treatments, can help the skin by reducing the appearance of scars and other blemishes.
· Steroid injections – Scars that are irritable and inflamed can often be effectively treated using injected or topical steroids.
· Surgical scar revision – if other scar revision procedures have been unsuccessful, a second surgery can be performed to remove excess scar tissue, and allow the skin to heal again. Also, procedures can be performed to reposition the scar, allowing it to align with the contours better, such as a Z-plasty.
Facial reconstructionFor people who have suffered from serious trauma involving structural damage to the facial features, there are reconstructive surgical options available that can help rebuild and restructure facial features to restore appearance and self-confidence.
Depending on the type and severity of the damages, this might include various techniques, including bone, tissue, and skin grafting; or prosthetic replacements for features such as the ear or nose. This type of procedures is usually quite involved and may require multiple procedures before it is complete.
To evaluate your options please schedule an initial consultation with an experienced reconstructive cosmetic surgeon like Dr. Babak Azizzadeh, a plastic surgeon located in Beverly Hills, California for an initial consultation.