Facial scar revisions, reconstruction after skin cancer excision, treatment of basal cell
carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma and melanoma skin cancers in Orange,
Anaheim, Newport Beach, Irvine in Orange County and in Long Beach
What is facial reconstructive surgery?
If you have a scar or skin cancer that requires excision, Dr. Ng performs reconstructive facial
plastic surgery. Some skin cancers require "wide local excision", which means that the resulting defect
on the face or body is larger than the original skin cancer, in order to minimize cancer recurrence
and to ensure clear margins. Dr. Ng is skilled at recruiting local or regional tissue or skin to
give you the most optimal appearance after your reconstructive surgery.
Why would a skin graft be used in facial reconstructive surgery?
If you have a large defect on your face, sometimes it is not possible to use local tissue or skin
for reconstruction, because the hole is too big and there is not enough extra tissue. In such situations,
sometimes Dr. Ng will take a skin graft (which is a piece of skin) from another part of your body, such
as your neck where there may be extra skin, and place it over the defect so that the skin cells can heal in.
Dr. Ng will talk to you about whether or not this is indicated for you at your consultation.
How do I optimize the appearance of my scars?
It takes scars up to 1 year after surgery or injury to reach their final form. Diligent daily care can
include massage and sun protection. Dr. Ng will talk to you about how to improve the look of your scars
at your appointment, so that you have the best outcome possible.