Elegant, Personalized Results After Mohs Surgery

Facial skin cancer typically requires surgery to remove the lesion, which could adversely affect the form and function of delicate areas such as the eyelids. If you need reconstructive surgery after skin cancer, award-winning oculofacial specialist Dr. Anaïs Carniciu, MD, can help. Our caring surgeon at New York Eye & Face in Westchester, NY, performs expert eyelid skin cancer reconstruction that minimizes scarring and optimizes function. Patients receive one-on-one, concierge care in a cutting-edge setting where their safety, well-being, and peace of mind are prioritized.

My father had Mohs repair for cancer on his eyelid. It was a traumatic experience for him. The doctor performed reconstructive surgery. The procedure went perfectly. When we had a concern, our doctor would respond within minutes. We highly recommend NY Eye & Face for your needs. 10 stars are more appropriate.

A.P.

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What Type of Treatment Will I Need if I Have Facial Skin Cancer?

Typically, treatment for skin cancer involves surgically removing the lesion and any affected tissues. First, your surgeon obtains a biopsy (a sample of the suspicious skin lesion) to identify whether you have skin cancer and, if so, which type. If your biopsy confirms skin cancer, the next step is to remove the lesion, typically completed using the Mohs technique by a dermatologist. This method of surgery involves removing slices of tissue and examining them under a microscope each time to look for skin cancer cells. Your surgeon repeats this process until there are no skin cancer cells left. Mohs surgery is the best technique for minimizing scarring, which is particularly important when it comes to the face.

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What Is Facial Skin Cancer Reconstruction?

Facial skin cancer reconstruction is performed to prevent infection and optimize healing after the lesion or tumor has been removed. Your oculofacial plastic surgeon typically performs reconstruction on the same day as your Mohs surgery or sometimes on the following day.
Dr. Carniciu and her team at New York Eye & Face specialize in eyelid reconstruction surgery after skin cancer. There are several ways to reconstruct your eyelids, but your surgeon won't decide on the specific reconstruction plan until after your skin cancer removal surgery. Once the final defect size and location have been established, our oculoplastic specialist will use their expertise to create a plan that restores both function and form to your eyelids. Eyelid reconstruction surgery may involve:

  • Reattaching the remaining tissue
  • Rotating tissue next to the wound
  • Using tissue from another part of the eyelid
  • Taking a skin graft from near your ear or inner arm

Eyelid reconstruction surgery is an outpatient procedure for which you need a local anesthetic and/or IV sedation. You can go home on the same day. 

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What to Expect After Surgery

Patients may return home with a patch covering the treated area that should remain in place for approximately one week. Mild bruising, swelling, and tenderness may occur after eyelid surgery, with these symptoms peaking in the first postoperative week. Dr. Carniciu recommends remaining home to recover for approximately 7-10 days. Thereafter, most patients can comfortably return to work, provided that their jobs are not physically taxing or strenuous. During the recovery period, it’s best to avoid heavy exertion and the use of eye makeup. Sutures may be removed during the first postoperative visit in one week.

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Why Choose Dr. Carniciu for Eyelid Reconstruction?

Dr. Carniciu is a rare breed of surgeon whose extensive training, skill, and artistry are balanced with genuine empathy and compassion for her patients. Dr. Carniciu never rushes but instead takes heed of even the smallest of concerns in order to ensure her patients feel confident, relaxed, and well-informed before making a decision to move forward with surgery. When it comes to reconstructive results, Dr. Carniciu is passionate about delivering natural-looking outcomes that protect each patient’s eyes and functionality. Dr. Carniciu is one of only 750 oculoplastic surgeons worldwide who have obtained membership in the elite and competitive ASOPRS (the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery). This prestigious organization ensures the highest levels of surgical excellence by requiring exhaustive oral and written examinations as well as extensive Fellowship training in the detailed art of oculoplastic surgery. Dr. Carniciu is the current Vice President of the Westchester County Medical Society, and she continues to serve her community as the only ASOPRS-certified surgeon in the area. 

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