Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery
973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000
Fax: (585) 271-4786
Monday–Friday: 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m.
Mohs Skin Cancer Reconstruction
Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Mohs surgery here in Rochester, New York, has become the method of choice for ensuring that skin cancers involving the face are completely excised while still creating minimal disturbance in the surrounding tissue. This technique is preferred when dealing with delicate features of the face, especially the lips, nose, eyes, and ears.
At the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Heather Lee and Dr. Alex Montague perform Mohs reconstruction to offer patients from Syracuse, Buffalo, and throughout New York restored form and function to the head and neck after a lesion has been removed by a Mohs surgeon. Entrusting your Mohs reconstruction to a facial plastic surgeon ensures the most aesthetically pleasing repair with optimal restoration of function.
Ideal Candidates for Mohs Reconstruction
Patients who have received confirmation from their Mohs surgeon that the skin cancer has successfully been removed are candidates for this surgery. Your appointment at the Quatela Center will be scheduled at your consultation with your dermatologist.
Preparing for Your Appointment
There are a few important ways you can prepare for your appointment:
- Stop smoking for at least 2 weeks before your appointment
- Do not drink alcohol in heavy quantities for 1 week before your appointment
- Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications to minimize excessive bleeding and bruising
Dr. Vito C. Quatela is a double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon with over 30 years of experience performing facial rejuvenation procedures. Dr. Quatela is a past president of the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery and is highly respected by his peers as a recognized expert in all areas of facial plastic surgery, including rhinoplasty, facelift, and other facial procedures.
Dr. Heather Lee is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist who has trained extensively with Dr. Quatela. She specializes in both aesthetic and functional procedures and is known for her meticulous surgical results and compassionate care.
Dr. Alex Montague is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon and otolaryngologist who trained under Dr. Quatela for a facial plastic and reconstructive surgery fellowship. He has exemplary skills in both technique and patient care and specializes in aesthetic and functional procedures.
Mohs Reconstruction is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation. To ensure the most successful repair after Mohs surgery, Dr. Heather Lee and Dr. Alex Montague have extensive training and skill in various reconstruction techniques by recruiting healthy skin, muscle, or bone to repair the defect. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home.
After the procedure, you will be sent home with a dressing for the wound and are advised to rest for the remainder of the day. Many people can resume normal activities the next day. Within a few days to a week, you will be seen for a follow-up appointment to remove the sutures. If spending time outdoors, it is important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing to protect your skin against UV rays. If interested, we do offer an array of medical-grade sun care products for purchase at our med spa.
People who live in Buffalo, Syracuse, and other areas of New York travel to the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery for Mohs reconstruction surgery and other facial rejuvenation procedures. Request your consultation using the online form to meet personally with one of our facial plastic surgeons or give our office a call at (585) 244-1000 to schedule an appointment.
As a destination practice offering world-class care, the Quatela Center attracts patients from around the globe. Our virtual consultations and support program take the effort out of travelling for surgery.