Reconstruction of the Cheek
The main goal of cheek reconstruction following removal of skin cancer is to maintain the contour of the cheek by placing the incisions along the smile lines. Following Mohs surgery on the cheek, the patient will have either a skin or a skin and soft tissue defect.
Ways of reconstructing cheek defects include:
- Primary Closure (suture the wound)
- Local Flaps (using skin from the area adjacent to the defect)
Your physician will choose the type of reconstruction based on the location, size and depth of the skin defect. In addition, the patient’s goals with the reconstruction (simplicity of the reconstructive process versus the best cosmetic outcome possible), the patient’s health status and past medical problems will also be important in the decision-making.