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 performs Mohs reconstruction to offer Rochester patients 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 board-certified 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
Vito C. Quatela, M.D., FACS
Specializes in Facial Procedures
Compassionate and dedicated to personalized patient care, Dr. Quatela is a board-certified facial plastic surgeon recognized worldwide for his expertise in facial rejuvenation. He established the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery in Rochester, New York to provide excellence in aesthetic surgery.Read On
Heather Lee, M.D.
Specializes in Facial Procedures
A board-certified facial plastic surgeon and a board-certified otolaryngologist–head and neck surgeon, Dr. Lee is dedicated to improving the lives of adults and children by using her surgical talents. She specializes in procedures of the face and head including facelift, functional and cosmetic nose surgery, blepharoplasty, and injectable treatments.Read On
Mohs Reconstruction is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation. To ensure the most successful repair after Mohs surgery, Dr. Heather Lee has 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.
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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, Dr. Lee will see you 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.