Skin Cancer and Flap Reconstruction

Skin cancer is often treated by surgically removing tissue from the face. When this occurs, reconstruction may be performed using a local skin flap. In this procedure, skin adjacent to the defect is cut to create a flap that is then stretched over the affected area and secured in place with sutures, creating a closure. Over time the incisions fade, and scars can be smoothed over with techniques such as dermabrasion.