Reconstruction of the Lip
The main goal of lip reconstruction following removal of skin cancer is to maintain the integrity, function (eating and speaking) and contour of the lip by placing incisions along the lip lines. Following Mohs surgery on the upper or lower lip, the patient will either have a defect of the skin, skin and muscle, or skin, muscle and the internal lining.
Ways of reconstructing ear defects include:
- Primary Closure (suture the wound)
- Local Flaps (using skin from the area adjacent to the defect)
*In very rare occasions a skin graft will be used.
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.