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Reconstruction After Skin Cancer

Published on October 3, 2017 by
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Hearing the diagnosis of “cancer” is very difficult to accept. Understanding that treating your skin cancer may result in scars or disfigurement can also be troubling. Dr. Tirre understands your concerns and will guide you through the skin cancer treatment and explain the resulting effect on your health and appearance.

Dr. Tirre, a board certified plastic surgeon, is skilled in performing the removal of basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma, unsightly moles and other skin lesions. He frequently partners with local dermatologists to coordinate your skin cancer treatment plan and perform post Moh’s plastic surgery reconstruction.

There are several different techniques used in skin cancer reconstruction depending on the depth, size, and location of the defect from the skin cancer removal. Dr. Tirre will consult with you to evaluate your defect and recommend the best treatment.

Some of the common treatments include:

  • A local skin flap, which moves skin from an adjacent area without disconnecting the blood supply and is placed over the defect to cover the wound.

  • A skin graft, skin is removed from behind the ear, in the groin area, or another portion of the body and placed over the defect.

  • A forehead flap or more extensive flap surgery may be required if the skin cancer is in a difficulty location or the size or depth is large.

Visit The Skin Cancer Foundation for more information regarding skin cancers. Also, view our videos on skin care for early detection and prevention of skin cancer.

Dr. Tirre carries an extensive assortment of EltaMD sunscreens, which are medical grade sunscreens necessary in our high-altitude state. There is no prescription necessary and we offer free shipping! Simply call to place your order at 303.832.3965.

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