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Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Voorhees & Sewell, NJ.

Board-certified otolaryngologist (ear, nose, and throat specialist) and facial plastic surgeon Dr. Joanna Kam, MD, performs skin cancer reconstruction in Voorhees, NJ, at Kam Facial Plastic surgery. She can remove small facial skin cancers in the office and immediately reconstruct the area. In other cases,

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Skin cancer removal leaves a defect in the skin. Reconstruction helps restore appearance.
Skin cancer removal leaves a defect in the skin. Reconstruction helps restore appearance.

Benefits of Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Skin cancer removal leaves a defect in the skin. Reconstruction helps restore appearance and functionality after cancer is removed from delicate areas on the face and neck, eyelids, lips, nose, ears, chin, and ears.

Skin cancer reconstruction benefits include:

  • Reduced scarring
  • Restore symmetry
  • Restore functionality to areas affected by skin cancer
  • Same day results

patient results

* All patients are unique and individual results may vary.

Dr. Kam works with a dermatologist or Mohs surgeon, who removes the skin cancer before Dr. Kam performs the reconstruction. She uses advanced techniques to restore the form and function of the affected area while minimizing any disfigurement or scarring.

Skin cancer is the most frequently diagnosed form of cancer in the United States. The most common types of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinomas and melanoma. Skin cancer is usually found on the face, neck, scalp, arms, and other areas exposed to the sun. After the skin cancer is removed, reconstructive surgery improves the resultant deformity.

What is Skin Cancer Reconstruction?

Approximately 5 million people are treated for skin cancer yearly, including squamous cell carcinoma, basal cell carcinoma, or melanoma. Skin cancer is removed using cryotherapy, laser surgery, excision, or Mohs micrographic surgery (also known as Mohs). The removal typically leaves defects or scars. While it is critical to remove cancer, it is also essential for the patient to have access to the best reconstructive surgical options.

Mohs technology is especially effective for removing skin cancer in critical areas like the eyelids, face, ears, and nose. Mohs removes and examines thin layers of tissue under a microscope to ensure that the margins around the area are clear of cancer. During the procedure, tiny frozen layers of skin are scanned to check for cancer cells, reducing the incision size and ensuring cancerous cells’ removal.

Skin cancer reconstruction restores defects caused by skin cancer removal, especially on aesthetically sensitive areas like the face, nose, and ears. After skin cancer removal, Dr. Kam performs reconstructive surgery. She addresses minor or extreme disfigurement on delicate areas of the face, head, and neck and restores the area as closely as possible to its original form and function. Dr. Kam specializes in intricate restoration and provides outstanding results. Ask for before and after photos at a skin cancer restoration consultation.

Skin cancer is removed using cryotherapy, laser surgery, excision, or Mohs micrographic surgery.
Skin cancer is removed using cryotherapy, laser surgery, excision, or Mohs micrographic surgery.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction Consultation

During the skin cancer reconstruction consultation, Dr. Kam examines the patient and discusses options fore reconstruction. She specializes in skin cancer reconstruction after skin cancer is removed using excision, laser surgery, cryotherapy (freezing), or Mohs surgery. Even if the excision was performed months or years ago, she can reconstruct the scarred region. Dr. Kam creates a surgical reconstructive plan based on the area of the excision, the size, and the surrounding skin. 

Dr. Kam explains the best reconstructive method to the patient during the consultation. She also discusses the expected outcome, risks, benefits and aftercare. Her ultimate goal is for the patient to return to daily life feeling confident with their results. 

Patients receive detailed instructions during their skin cancer reconstruction consultation.
Patients receive detailed instructions during their skin cancer reconstruction consultation.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction Preparation

Patients receive detailed instructions during their skin cancer reconstruction consultation with Dr. Kam. Typically:

  • Stop smoking at least 4 weeks before the surgery because it hinders healing.
  • Advise the doctor of all medications, and follow instructions for pausing medications
  • Report medical information, including devices like a pacemaker or stent. 
  • Avoid medications, vitamins, and supplements that can cause excessive bleeding, including ibuprofen, aspirin, garlic, ginseng and ginkgo.
  • Avoid sunburn and sun exposure before the surgery.
  • Avoid alcohol for 24 hours before the surgery. 
  • Ask a loved one for a ride to and from the surgery.

Patient Reviews

Mrs. Kam was very skilled and accommodating she was both fast and precise and fun to talk to would definitely recommend her, she made the whole experience very easy with how sweet and personable she was. I’m more than happy with my results and I couldn’t recommend this place more.

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I cannot say enough great things about Dr. Kam!!! I will start by saying Doctor Joanna Kam has changed my life!!! Starting with the first appointment I went in with an idea of what my dream nose would look like and she was able to take what I was thinking, pull up photos and actually describe what that would/could look like. I expressed that I did not want…

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I am currently about 1.5 months out from my rhinoplasty with Dr. Kam and could not be happier with my decision. During my first consultation, Dr. Kam helped me navigate what I did and did not like about my nose and what I wanted my outcome to be. I asked for a very natural look and she was very honest about how to achieve this. She helped me make subtle…

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A specialized dermatologist treats basal cell carcinoma or squamous cell carcinoma by removing the skin cancer while sparing as much of the surrounding healthy tissue as possible. The careful removal of the cancer while limiting damage to the surrounding tissue is essential in sensitive facial areas, including lips, eyelids, nose, and ears. Dr. Kam can close complex skin cancer deficits after the dermatologist removes the lesion. 


Local anesthetic (numbing medicine) can be used alone or in combination with an anxiolytic to help the patient relax. The surgery can be performed awake in the office, or asleep in an operating room. 

Removal of a cancerous lesion

Depending on the nature of the skin cancer, Dr. Kam may remove the cancer, or may refer the patient to a specialized dermatologist, also called a Mohs surgeon, for cancer removal. After removal of the cancer, Dr. Kam reconstructs the area. 

Skin cancer reconstruction

If the skin cancer is extensive, its removal can cause disfigurement. Dr. Kam will reconstruct the area using a procedure known as adjacent tissue rearrangement. She repositions the healthy adjacent tissue to cover the wound, and the sutures are positioned along natural creases of the face, when possible, to reduce scarring. 

Other options include using tissue from another area to create a skin graft, using a skin substitute, or a tissue expander. Reconstructive surgery and wound healing is a complicated process, and it may take more than one procedure, along with minor touch-ups, to optimize the final result. Dr. Kam explains the planned procedures during the consultation.

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Skin Cancer Reconstruction Recovery

Dr. Kam provides each patient with recovery instructions during the consultation. Follow her instructions to ensure the best possible results.  Patients can call the office at any time to ask for assistance.

Patients are encouraged to call the office at any time if they have concerns during their recovery.
Patients are encouraged to call the office at any time if they have concerns during their recovery.

Patients should avoid the sun right after surgery because sun exposure can cause irregular pigmentation, raised, red or dark scarring. Sun exposure can also increase the risk of cancer developing in another area. Dr. Kam will examine the area within one week and provide additional instructions for resuming activities.

The incision site may be sore, and drain small amounts of fluid immediately after the surgery. Follow all wound care instructions. Limit activity and keep the incisions and wounds clean and protected. 

The wound will heal during the first several weeks, and the scar will fade. Patients are encouraged to follow the scar care instructions for the first year to help the lines fade. In some cases, Dr. Kam may recommend additional procedures to achieve the best results.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction Cost

The cost of skin cancer restoration varies depending on the extent of the wound. Medical insurance usually covers the cost. Dr. Kam creates a customized reconstruction plan and discusses the cost, if insurance coverage is declined.  The friendly office staff are available to help. 

Common Questions About Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Who is a good candidate for skin cancer reconstruction?

Good candidates for skin cancer reconstruction are patients of any age who have had melanoma, basal or squamous cell carcinoma, an irregular mole, or skin lesion removed. Reconstruction patients should also be in good health, have no active infections and be cancer free.
Dr. Kam examines patients during a private consultation to determine their candidacy for reconstructive surgery. She specializes in intricate surgeries on delicate facial skin, the ears, nose, ears, and throat. Dr. Kam helps patients feel like themselves again after cancer.

Are there risks associated with skin cancer restoration?

There are risks associated with any surgery, but the risk of major complications after skin cancer reconstruction are low. Risks can include infection, bleeding, numbness, delayed wound healing, and other problems. During the consultation, Dr. Kam will explain the risks and benefits of skin cancer restoration.

How much time will I need to take off of work?

Most patients return to work the day after the surgery, but this depends on the extent of the repair and the type of work. Dr. Kam usually recommends that patients avoid strenuous activity for 7 days after surgery.

What can I expect during the recovery?

The area will be sore for a little while. Aftercare depends on the type of surgery, and Dr. Kam will instruct you on how to care for the wound. You may need to wear a pressure bandage for the first 24 hours. Or in some cases, you may need to wash the wound with clean water twice a day, apply ointment and cover the area with a non-stick bandage. 
Most wounds heal in one to three weeks. When a skin graft is needed, healing may take longer. Soreness around the site is normal in the first week. 

Will I have scars after reconstructive surgery?

Dr. Kam specializes in reconstructive surgery and uses advanced techniques to restore the affected areas, minimizing disfigurement and scarring. She meticulously creates fine line scars and places them in the natural creases of the face.
Some visible scarring and changes in color and texture may be visible when large areas of skin must be removed. Dr. Kam may recommend additional reconstructive procedures to achieve the best outcome.

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