Skin cancer is very common in the South. Larger skin cancers or even small ones involving the nose, lips, eyelids, and ears may need reconstruction to avoid disfiguring scarring.
The options for reconstruction include transferring skin one from one place on the head and neck to the defect (skin graft) or moving adjacent skin (local flap or adjacent tissue transfer.
Significant defects of the nose, such as those with exposed or removed cartilage and internal lining are particularly complex and may need multiple stage procedures.
Facial skin cancer reconstruction is performed as an outpatient. The final results usually take 3-6 months to be apparent.