Reconstructive Surgery

Skin Cancer Reconstruction (Mohs Repairs)

Losing precious facial tissue can be a very disconcerting prospect for patients diagnosed with skin cancer, especially when it affects the nose, lips or tissue around the eyes. At UC Health, our goal is not only to cure your cancer, but also to restore your appearance. Our dermatologic and facial plastic surgeons commonly work in tandem to ensure the patient achieves the best possible result. The facial skin cancer is first removed, often by a dermatologic surgeon through Mohs Surgery, a technique that allows maximal preservation of normal surrounding tissues using real-time microscopic evaluation of the removed lesion. Cure rates with this technique approach 99%.

After the cancer is removed fully, a facial plastic surgeon may repair the resultant defect using a myriad of intricate and proven techniques. UC Health Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery has tremendous expertise in reconstruction after Mohs Surgery as national educators, lecturers and authors in this field. The key to our success lies in seeking to understand each patient’s specific desires, and then matching the reconstructive strategy with the unique characteristics of the skin cancer defect at hand.

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Facial Paralysis Treatment

In addition to allowing us to smile, grimace, or frown, our facial muscles are needed to protect the eye, maintain an open nasal airway, and keep saliva in our mouth. Losing the function of these vital muscles leaves us with a facial droop devoid of expression, often with embarrassing issues with drooling and tearing. It is no surprise that the diagnosis of facial paralysis can be devastating and socially isolating to the patient affected.

At UC Health Facial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery we offer unique and cutting edge treatment opportunities available at only a handful of institutions nationwide. Our surgeons take exceptional interest in this condition, and are national experts in the field, authoring medical literature and lecturing at national conferences on facial paralysis topics.

Facial paralysis may be congenital in nature, related to trauma or tumors in the salivary glands or skull base. Most commonly though the cause of paralysis is unknown, a condition broadly referred to as Bell’s Palsy. Treatment options are based upon the specific nature of a patient’s paralysis and may include both non-surgical and surgical strategies. Non-surgical options include specially designed physical therapy as well as Botox or Dysport treatments. Surgical options range from re-routing functional nerves to the paralyzed facial muscles, sling procedures, or muscle transfer or transplant procedures. Additionally, brow-lifting, eyelid lifts, and even facelift-like procedures can improve facial symmetry.

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Functional Nasal Surgery

Some noses are not built to breath, even after maximal treatment for allergies. Functional nasal surgery is the reconstructive answer. Surgeries are designed to realign the nasal septum, open the nasal valves and reinforce the sidewalls of the nose to improve airflow.

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Aesthetic Surgery

Cosmetic facial plastic surgery changes the shape and appearance of the nose, jaw, neckline, ears, cheeks, eyes, or forehead. It is often used to reduce the signs of aging.

Nasal Surgery/Rhinoplasty

Rhinoplasty is a surgical procedure designed to shape and re-contour the nose. Communication between a patient and his/her surgeon is critical to the success of the operation. To improve our ability to communicate the nuances of rhinoplasty, we are one of few centers in the region to offer Vectra 3D Imaging. This technology allows us to specifically understand your intentions with remarkable clarity. The surgery itself may be performed in either a “closed” or “open” fashion. The “closed” fashion is for modest changes and does not require any external incisions, and an “open” fashion is designed for more significant modifications, especially to the nasal tip, and requires a small V-shaped incision beneath the nose. The surgery is completed through a myriad of suture and cartilage grafting techniques. As rhinoplasty is commonly felt to be among the most complex facial plastic surgical procedures, it is important the rhinoplasty surgeon is expertly trained and experienced. Functional nasal surgery (see above) is often performed in conjunction with cosmetic rhinoplasty during a single procedure.

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Head and Neck Skin Cancer

UC Health Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery provides expert care in facial skin cancer. In addition to reconstruction after Mohs Surgery (above), we also treat head and neck melanoma, Merkel cell carcinoma, and squamous cell carcinoma with our head and neck surgical oncology colleagues.

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy

Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy is a procedure for patients with melanoma skin cancer, merkel cell carcinoma or advanced squamous cell carcinoma of the skin. At the time of the skin cancer resection, the surgeon uses a special imaging technique, SPECT CT, along with radiolabeled colloid and blue dye injections to isolate the first lymph node to which the cancer would spread. That important lymph node is removed from the body and carefully evaluated by the UC Health Oncologists for signs of cancer. If the node is negative for cancer, it is unlikely the cancer will spread from the primary location, and the patient is observed. If the node is positive for cancer, the head and neck surgical oncology team would perform complete lymph node dissections in the neck and/or salivary glands.

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Non-Surgical Facial Rejuvenation

UC Health Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery offers a full line of non-surgical facial rejuvenation procedures including our state of the art Palomar Icon Laser technology.

 Palomar Icon Laser Treatment

UC Health Facial Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery is the first in Ohio with Palomar Icon technology. This new technology ushers in a new era in laser and optimized light treatment. The Palomar Icon is the new standard of light-based cosmetic and dermatologic care. The Palomar Icon Laser treats sun damage, vascular lesions, hair removal, surgical scars, acne scars and facial wrinkles.