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Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

At Hessler Plastic Surgery, you can receive a biopsy if you are having symptoms. Dr. Hessler performs skin cancer reconstruction to restore the skin to its previous appearance after the cancer is removed. 

What is skin cancer reconstruction?

Plastic surgery goes hand-in-hand with surgical cancer excision or Mohs surgery. It is a very important part of the recovery process for patients, as it helps them feel more like themselves by repairing the noticeable wounds — often which are on the face. Skin cancer reconstruction is done at the same time of cancer removal, directly after the skin cancer is removed. The procedure repairs and closes the wounds that are caused by the cancer removal. 

Skin cancer symptoms and diagnosis

Skin cancer presents as a change in the skin. This is usually a new lesion that is raised and waxy yellow, with vessels near the edges. The lesion may also be a flat red spot which is irritated, with flaking and/or crusting.

You should consider the possibility of skin cancer whenever you see a new lesion that persists longer than a month and peels, itches, or bleeds.

If you experience this, a biopsy needs to be performed. Dr. Hessler can perform a biopsy for you, which the pathologists will review. 

Skin cancer reconstruction details

Dr. Hessler works with dermatologists and Mohs surgeons who remove the skin cancer. Once they have removed it, she performs the plastic surgery repair and closure. The procedure is usually done under local anesthesia with sedation, and takes 1 to 3 hours, depending on the how large the wound is, and where it is on the body.

Commonly reconstructed areas:

  • Eyelids
  • Cheeks
  • Nose
  • Lips
  • Forehead
  • Hands
  • Ears
  • Feet


Most patients are able to return to work within a few days, although recovery will vary from person to person.

You may also have minimal bruising, swelling, and discomfort. Be sure to avoid baths, hot tubs, pools, and strenuous activities for two weeks. 

Hessler Plastic Surgery for skin reconstruction in Palo Alto, San Jose, and the Bay Area

Skin cancer reconstruction is a delicate surgical procedure that requires the skilled hand of an experienced professional. Dr. Jill Hessler is a distinguished national and local leader in the field of plastic surgery. She is an award-winning trainer and teacher in the industry, and she is deeply passionate about her patients. Under her careful hand, extraordinary skin cancer reconstructions are achieved. Dr. Hessler is involved in the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive surgery, and currently serves as Chair of the Women on the Facial Plastic Surgery committee at the American Academy of Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. She is a double board-certified facial plastic surgeon providing exceptional care to her patients. If you’re in Palo Alto, San Jose, or the Bay Area and you would like a skin cancer diagnosis or skin cancer reconstruction, we invite you to contact us to schedule an appointment.

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