May 20, 2021 | By Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery

Reconstructive Options After Skin Cancer

Reconstructive Surgery Options After Skin Cancer

Treating skin cancer can impact the appearance of the treatment area, potentially causing large scars or even disfigurement. This can be distressing for patients who are already managing the stress of a skin cancer diagnosis. 

Consulting with a plastic surgeon who is experienced in skin cancer removal and reconstruction, like Dr. Mosiello at Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery, can help minimize the effects on your appearance after the procedure. Dr. Mosiello is highly skilled in reconstructive surgery for skin cancer and can implement an approach to successfully remove your cancer and optimize your results. Patients will be counseled that scars are permanent but they will fade over time. The ultimate goal is to be cancer-free! 

Skin Cancer Removal

Scarring from skin cancer removal depends on the size and location of the lesion. Whenever possible, your surgeon will conceal the incision in the body’s natural lines and folds. Additionally, to minimize scarring, your surgeon will use fine sutures.

Unfortunately, the visible lesion may only be a small part of the entire skin cancer growth. This may mean that the removal procedure is more extensive than was first expected. However, it is essential to remove all the cancer cells so that you can make a full recovery. Regardless of the extent of the procedure, Dr. Mosiello can implement reconstructive techniques to optimize your results after skin cancer removal. 

Reconstructive Options

Depending on the size and location of the lesion, reconstruction after skin cancer removal may range from fine sutures to a skin graft or skin flap. 

  • If the skin cancer lesion is small and the tissue that needs to be removed is minimal, fine sutures alone may be used to close the incision. Scarring from the incision typically fades over the next 2  years after the procedure. 
  • For somewhat larger lesions, a skin graft may be used to restore the appearance of the skin. A skin graft involves moving unaffected skin from a different area of the body to the lesion, then securing it with sutures. 
  • For much larger lesions, a skin flap may be required. A skin flap is a transfer of multiple tissue components, which may include skin, fat, and muscle. The flap is partially detached, then moved to the close-by lesion.

Contact Tampa Palms Plastic Surgery to schedule an appointment with Dr. Mosiello about skin cancer reconstruction.


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Dr. Mosiello, plain and simply put , is the BEST ! I did a lot of research and he was the one I chose and am very thankful and grateful that I did, as I had consulted with other plastic surgeons from other cancer centers. Dr. Mosiello surpassed in every area. He and his staff truly care and are warm, friendly, compassionate and knowledgeable. Which takes the stress out of any pre surgery or procedure. Knowing you have the best surgeon in your corner is the most important part. Post surgical procedures look amazing and he has saved my life, and has made me whole again. Look no further, he IS the best.

Stacy Kurnot

Dr. Mosiello taught me how to live again after having breast cancer. His staff is truly a blessing. He is an amazing artist and a wonderful Doctor and friend.

Susan Harrigan

I came to Dr. Mosiello’s practice as a reluctant patient who had just been given the diagnosis of breast cancer. I have been in several doctors’ office’s during my diagnosis and treatment and Dr. Mosiello’s office is my favorite. He is a very kind, competent surgeon who patiently answered questions and explained things fully. I was given clear post op directions and checked on by the nurse before my first post op visit and someone was always available if I had a question or concern. His staff is amazing! Melissa, Paula, Mary and Carol are all very personable and caring. This is also an office where I did not wait long periods of time to be seen. Things run smoothly and timely. I would highly recommend Dr. Mosiello to anyone in need of a plastic surgeon.

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Dr. Mosiello is an absolute pleasure and privilege to have when in circumstances requiring his knowledge and care. His staff are fantastic as well, all welcoming with a kind smile. Highly recommend this is a doctor and team you can put your trust in.