Facial Reconstructive Surgery
Dr. Schwartz maintains an active reconstructive practice for patients afflicted with face and nose skin cancer. Such patients often present with potentially devastating facial defects as a result of treatment for this serious and common problem. These patients require the highest level of reconstructive plastic surgical skill in order to be able to resume normal social interactions without feeling self conscious about their appearance. There is no part of the human anatomy that more defines personality and affects how we are perceived by others than the face. As it is literally the first thing anyone sees of us, a deformity of the face can lead to embarrassment or low self esteem and insecurity. This is when facial reconstructive surgery can be helpful. To find out how facial reconstruction is defined, how it is performed and who can benefit from it please see the information below.
- Facial Reconstructive Surgery
- Face Skin Cancer Reconstruction Before and After Photos
- What is Facial Reconstructive Surgery?
- How is Facial Reconstructive Surgery Preformed?
- Who is a Candidate for Facial Reconstructive Surgery?
- What are the Benefits of Facial Reconstructive Surgery?
- How Much Does Facial Reconstructive Surgery Cost?
- Indoor Tanning is as Bad as Sun Exposure
- It’s Curable
- You Can Minimize Your Risk
- Facial Reconstruction FAQ
- Case Studies
Face Skin Cancer Reconstruction Before and After Photos
* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
What is Facial Reconstructive Surgery?
Facial reconstruction is plastic surgery that re-forms the face after serious injury or after the loss of facial tissue to disease such as cancer. It can include reshaping the eye or lip area, reconnecting damaged muscles or nerves, or filling in tissue excised during the removal of tumors or cancerous cells.
How is Facial Reconstructive Surgery Preformed?
Facial reconstructive surgery is a highly individualized process and a qualified plastic surgeon must carefully assess a patient’s health and needs before deciding on a treatment plan. Dr. Schwartz has experience working in these special instances and will work with you to determine your desired result and offer his expert insight. The exact process depends on the cause of the deficit and what tissue has been damaged or lost. It can include bone and cartilage transplants, the rearranging of skin and muscle, and sometimes the use of artificial implants. The procedure may require two or more separate operations with healing time in between, especially if some of the underlying structures of the face – such as the nose or cheekbones – must be rebuilt.
Who is a Candidate for Facial Reconstructive Surgery?
Anyone who has a facial deformity and who is healthy enough for surgery can benefit from the procedure. This can include people who have had a traumatic injury to the face, have had skin cancer lesions removed, have suffered facial nerve damage from disease, or who have had cancer of the lips or mouth.
What are the Benefits of Facial Reconstructive Surgery?
Self esteem and restored functionality are vital aspects resulting from the. Reconstructive surgery can, for example, return a patient’s ability to breath, speak and eat normally and can restore normal sensation and the ability to expression emotions.
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How Much Does Facial Reconstructive Surgery Cost?
This is completely dependent on the type of surgery and the extent of the repairs. Some procedures may be performed on an outpatient basis while others may require a hospital stay. Because many facial reconstructions address serious health concerns and quality-of-life issues, they are often covered by medical insurance.
Indoor Tanning is as Bad as Sun Exposure
In some circles, lying out in the sun and sunbathing is considered risky, while tanning in a tanning bed is considered safe. In fact, indoor tanning is just as dangerous as real sun exposure when it comes to skin cancer risk, if not more so. Using a tanning bed exposes you to considerably more ultraviolet radiation than lying in the sun. More than 400,000 skin cancer cases are connected to the use of indoor tanning beds each year. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, using a tanning bed just once increases a person’s risk for developing melanoma by 20 percent.
Now for some good news about skin cancer: If diagnosed early enough, it is usually curable. Treatment depends on the type of cancer and its stage. In a very early stage, surgery to remove the cancer might be sufficient. In later stages, a doctor might recommend immunotherapy treatment or radiation therapy, to be sure that all of the cancer is destroyed.
After the tumor is removed, many patients consider reconstructive surgery to correct any deformity created when the cancer was removed. Reconstructive surgery is particularly useful when the cancer was on the face or another visible area of the skin.
You Can Minimize Your Risk
While there’s no 100 percent guaranteed way to prevent skin cancer, there are ways to greatly minimize your risk. Avoiding the sun is one of the best ways to reduce the chances of developing skin cancer. Staying out of the sun completely is ideal, but there are other ways to protect yourself when some sun exposure is unavoidable. For example, always wear sunscreen with an SPF of 30 or more. Reapply the sunscreen every few hours, throughout the day. Wearing clothing made from opaque fabrics can also reduce your sun exposure, as can wearing a wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses.
Facial Reconstruction FAQ
While modern plastic surgery techniques can produce amazing results, every case is different. Usually improved function and a more normal appearance is achieved, but most patients will not look exactly as they did before their illness or injury.
As with all surgical procedures, there will be some postoperative discomfort. Dr. Schwartz will be able to prescribe pain medication if you need it.
Reconstructive surgery can cause some scarring. Your surgeon will take measures to reduce the amount of new scarring, but, in some cases, additional procedures may be needed to minimize the appearance of new scar tissue.
Dr. Schwartz presents these case studies on his aesthetic website because he believes that the high level of expertise, training and experience that is gained from this part of his practice also enhances the techniques and results he can provide for his aesthetic patients. As the following case studies demonstrate Dr. Schwartz’ training and experience has him well prepared to correct or enhance any facial deformity.
Warning! The following case studies contain medically graphic photos of facial defects and deformities. Do not proceed unless you are comfortable viewing such types of information.
* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.
The patient is seen following reconstruction of a complete through and through defect of the left nostril and rim.
Before and after repair of complete nasal skin loss with extension to the right cheek.
The patient presents with 2 defects of the nose following cancer removal (repair not shown).
Six months later he presents with recurrence of disease on the left side with superior extension (top photo). Because of the rapid recurrence and malignant transitional nature of his skin it was elected to remove all nasal skin entirely. He is seen before removal of any lesions (bottom left) and after total reconstruction (bottom right).
The patient is seen on left after previous skin cancer removal and reconstruction by a different surgeon. She now has recurrent cancer. Middle photo shows extent of removal needed to treat recurrent cancer. She is seen on right following reconstruction of middle photo defect by Dr. Schwartz.
Why choose Dr. Schwartz?
- Dr. Michael Schwartz is certified by both the American Board of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and American Board of Otolaryngology.
- MD from Baylor College of Medicine, where he completed his General Surgery Residency at Beth Israel Medical Center and ENT Residency at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.
- He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, and the American College of Surgeons.
- Dr. Schwartz is an active staff member with Good Samaritan Medical Center, West Palm Beach, Florida.
- He has over 30 years of experience as a surgeon and is extensively trained in the latest advancements in facial plastic surgery.