Skin Cancer: Reconstructive Plastic Surgery

After a diagnosis and treatment for skin cancer, our board-certified plastic surgeons are committed to helping people heal without significant disfigurement or scarring.

Our experts specialize in treating all parts of the face (forehead, eyelid, nose, cheeks, and lips), the neck, arms, hands, and legs. One of our areas of expertise is Mohs reconstruction after the surgical removal of skin cancers such as melanoma, basal cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma. 

After surgery such as a Mohs procedure to remove the skin cancer, UT Southwestern Medical Center plastic surgeons apply the latest advancements in reconstructive procedures to diminish or remove scars, repair damaged tissue, and achieve excellent cosmetic results.

This includes a comprehensive spectrum of closure techniques – simple closure, adjacent tissue closure, skin grafts, and flap closure (where a patient’s healthy skin is transferred to cover the wound). Our specialists can successfully match skin color and texture as well as resolve issues that can influence long-term function.

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We use an integrated approach to patient care. Our plastic surgery team works in close conjunction with a dermatologist, embracing a patient’s skin cancer care from the beginning to the end.

James Thornton, M.D.
Associate Professor, Plastic Surgery

For example, a malignancy treated on a patient's nose may require a deep incision that affects the way the nose looks and how it functions. UT Southwestern Plastic Surgery treats the area where the cancer cells are removed, diminishing any outward disfigurement and providing nasal reconstruction.

Most plastic surgery procedures for skin cancer patients are performed on an outpatient basis. Post-operative care includes local wound care, silicone sheeting, and optional dermabrasion, typically at six weeks.

If You Are Being Treated for Skin Cancer

  • We are committed to providing care the same day as the surgery to remove the cancer, including Mohs surgery.
  • Most procedures are performed with conscious sedation or local anesthesia only.
  • Our surgeons provide a comprehensive, individualized approach to care.
  • We are committed to explaining your options for procedures, as well as post-operative support and patient education.