Skin cancer can be a scary diagnosis, but having spots on the face that need to be removed can make patients worry about unattractive or disfiguring results. For many years, Mohs surgery has been the gold standard in treatment for skin cancer thanks to its low recurrence rates and minimal scarring. At Inside Look MD of Chicago, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Robert Paresi is highly skilled in performing Mohs surgery on the face along with skin reconstruction so his patients in Downers Grove, Illinois have their skin cancer removed without unnecessary damage or scarring to their skin. As a plastic surgeon, Dr. Paresi is not only interested in removing the skin cancer with Mohs surgery, but also considering the patient's appearance after the surgery.
"Dr. Paresi is an excellent plastic surgeon! I was welcomed by his classy educated staff, my consultation was amazing! Kim was fabulous, and Adi is an excellent patient consultant! I felt so confident because Dr P was the first surgeon who actually measured me and helped me select the perfect implants for my size body. Im an NPC womens figure/physique athlete and Dr Paresi incorporated science and beauty to make my breast augmentation a success! Im so glad i choose him, im 11 days post surgery and they look exactly how i wanted them to , i have an athletic body with perfect 36DD breasts!!! Hes amazing i had no pain because he used Experal as a pain desensitizer! I woke up from surgery and was like amazed at the only feeling i felt was sleepy! Im glad they used experal because its like i didnt feel anything!! Dr P and his staff also sent flowers to my house and his nurse Sheena was so sweet and nice , his surgical tech was great they all work amazing as a dream team !! I recommend this Dr and surgical center to everyone! If you want to be treated by educated trained professionals who know how to meet your needs then go to Inside Look! There silicon gel naturell implants are perfect! Dr P even took extra time to release some pectoral muscle so i have the perfect round full voluptuous cleavage i could ever dream of! They made me a new woman im so happy!!"- C.M. / Google / Nov 26, 2016
"I searched and made many calls the instant Insidelook MD answered the phone I knew I had found my doctor! The entire office staff made me feel like family, safe , and very informative with every question I asked! I would recommend Dr Paresi and have to all my friends and family. He has changed my life with the procedures he’s done form me. Thank you ??"- T.S. / Healthgrades / Jan 13, 2018
"Tummy tuck and lipo - I have never written a review on anything before but my results are so fantastic that I needed to share! After having 2 children, I had lots of weight on my midsection. Most of my weight was in my hips. Diet and exercise were not effective to lose the weight. Dr. Paresi is an artist! I had full tummy tuck, muscle repair and lipo to abs and flanks. I now have confidence and feel like a new..."- K. / RealSelf / Jan 05, 2018
"Dr. Paresi and the WHOLE staff made my experience a breeze. Very professional and very kind. Dr. Paresi is the truth. ;)"- R.T. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
"The insidelook , the employees and Dr. Paresi gives not only a friendly atmosphere but a family atmosphere. I put my face in his hands, it magically is what I expected! Beautiful. Thank you all so very much an definitely will be back for anything else I may want done! I was definitely beyond blessed for making the right choice and finding Dr Paresi."- S.O. / Google / Jan 01, 2018
Mohs surgery can be time-consuming since thin layers of the growth are removed, then examined under a microscope before a new layer is taken. This prevents unnecessary damage and removal, which makes the final result more attractive. Thin layers will continue to be taken and examined until the layer is cancer-free. Reconstruction can often be performed the same day or the day after the removal procedure. Reconstructive procedures are performed on an individualized basis, depending on each patient's wound, and can involve a skin graft, flap of skin, stitching or surgical closure. Our doctor will discuss the various options with the patient and together they will choose the best method or methods of treatment. Following that, we will work with the doctor performing the patient’s skin cancer removal to perform reconstruction either immediately after the removal or later if the patient chooses.
Patients may be put under local or general anesthesia depending on the location and size of the area being treated. Once the skin cancer lesion is removed, reconstruction is done using the techniques decided on during the initial consultation. Once the reconstruction is completed, the surgeon will close and dress the wound before the patient is allowed to leave. Following that, every patient will receive post surgical instructions, including how to care for the surgical wound, what topical medications to apply, and other tips to help with the patient's recovery. Avoiding sun exposure and using sun protection will help the wound heal quicker and without irregularities, like raised, red, or darker skin. It may take up to one year for patients to see the final results of their skin cancer reconstruction. If needed, our staff will discuss a secondary surgery to further refine the results.
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Skin Reconstruction FAQs
Will There Be Scars?
While doctors do their best to keep their incisions small and the wound closures clean and neat, there will be some degree of scarring. Scarring can be minimized by following any post surgical wound care instructions. You can also elect to have surgical scar revision if you would like to further reduce the visibility of the scarring.
Why A Plastic Surgeon?
Even if a dermatologist removes the skin cancer growth, it is beneficial for patients to have a plastic surgeon performing the wound closure and/or skin reconstruction. Plastic surgeons are specially trained to preserve the appearance of the skin and they are more practiced at closing incisions cleanly and evenly.
When To Have Reconstruction?
It is best if patients make an appointment before their skin cancer removal so she can consult and coordinate with the doctor and facility performing the skin cancer removal. Patients may chose to have their skin reconstruction performed right after their removal surgery or they can wait to see how the wound will heal naturally. During the initial consultation, the doctor will listen to the needs and concerns of the patient and then help them determine their best timeline and treatment plan.