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Restoring Natural Beauty

Cancerous growths of the face must be removed as quickly as possible once identified. Swift removal is life-saving and often prevents the need for extensive repair of the resulting defect. Deformity of the face from skin cancer excision can have a negative aesthetic impact on your appearance and mental health. Dr. Givens, a top fellowship-trained facial plastic surgeon, has a reputation for excellence in facial skin cancer reconstruction in Austin

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Moh's Reconstruction with Dr. Givens

Preparation is Key

The key to a successful facial skin cancer reconstruction is patient education and trust in the treating physician. When considering facial skin cancer excision and reconstruction, Moh’s physicians and facial plastic surgeons work as a team—the former removing the skin cancer, the latter repairing the resultant defect. A Moh’s surgeon is a fellowship-trained dermatologist specializing in an extremely precise technique for removal skin cancer that prevents inadvertent excision of cancer-free tissue. This is important as larger defects are more difficult to repair. Dr. Givens, a leading female plastic surgeon in facial reconstruction after Moh’s excision, will work closely with your Moh’s surgeon to create a stress-free environment for your treatment and recovery.  

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Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction Techniques with Dr. Givens

Local Reconstruction 

Local flap repair consists of rotating adjacent facial tissues in precisely designed patterns to eliminate visible defects, restore functional deficit, improve aesthetic appearance, and boost self-confidence. The secret behind this innovative technique is the specific placement of incisions and tensionless skin closure to allow for return of natural facial symmetry.

Paramedian Forehead Flap

The paramedian forehead flap repair requires a great deal of patient education prior to surgery and patience during the recovery process. This technique involves two to three stages of surgery and is the workhorse procedure for moderate-sized nasal deformities. The treatment period is an emotional roller-coaster, but the final result is by and far worth the wait.

The Benefits of Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Issues Addressed with Reconstruction

  • Facial deformity 
  • Facial asymmetry
  • Functional deficit of the eyelid
  • Functional deficit of the nose
  • Functional deficit of the mouth

Benefits Achieved with Reconstruction

  • A defined, natural appearance
  • Improved facial symmetry
  • Restoration of functional deficits
  • Long-lasting results
  • Restored self-confidence

Why Choose Dr. Givens for Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Austin?

Dr. Givens is an exceptionally talented female facial plastic surgeon in Austin. She was chosen to participate in fellowship training by the prestigious American Academy of Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery under the direction of world-renowned Dr. Stephen W. Perkins. Her passion for aesthetic and reconstructive medicine is reflected in her attention to surgical detail, commitment to patient care, and enthusiasm for melding the elegance of aesthetics with the art of restoration.

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FAQ

What are the most common types of skin cancer on the face?

The three most common types of skin cancer of the face and neck include basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. Basal cell carcinomas are the most prevalent and tend to occur in sun-exposed regions such as the head and neck, while squamous cell carcinomas often develop in both sun-exposed and previously injured (scars, ulcerations, healed burns) areas. Melanomas form in cells that provide pigment to the body and tend to spread vertically (grow down rather than across the skin) with a high propensity for invasion and spread to other tissues. Thus, early detection and treatment are vital.

What are the most common signs and symptoms of skin cancer of the face?

A lesion that bleeds, itches, scabs, ulcerates, and/or is not healing should raise concern for a possible malignancy. If any of the above characteristics develop in a previously injured site (scar or burn), you should have a full evaluation of the lesion by a professional. Lesions or moles concerning for melanoma include those with a persistent and increasing size, a black or multicolored hue, or asymmetric borders.

Does Dr. Givens perform microvascular surgery?

Free flap surgery involves taking tissue from one part of the body area and moving it to regions of the face or neck requiring repair. While her robust training in head and neck surgery did encompass a great deal complex free flap surgery, Dr. Givens does not perform microvascular reconstruction in her private practice.

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