If you are a resident of Miami, Fort Lauderdale, or anywhere else in greater South Florida who is need of facial/skin cancer reconstruction to restore normal functioning and appearance to your face after the removal of skin cancer lesions (or sometimes coinciding with the removal of the same) then please do take the time to schedule a consultation with Adam J. Rubinstein, M.D., F.A.C.S., in his easily accessible Aventura office to learn what treatment option may be the best course of care for you or your loved one.
What is Facial/Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Skin cancer affects nearly one in five adults in their lifetime, and every year a million new cases are diagnosed. Usually, skin cancer is treatable if treatment intervention is early enough, but the removal of skin cancer lesions can sometimes leave unsightly marks and blemishes. During the entire skin cancer reconstruction procedure, Dr. Rubinstein will be doing everything possible to minimize scarring while restoring normal appearance and functioning to your face.
Who Can Benefit From Cancer Reconstruction?
If you have an area of your body that is visually unsightly after successful skin cancer treatment, then a skin cancer reconstruction procedure may be appropriate for your needs. If so, then contact Dr. Rubinstein’s office to schedule a consultation. Dr. Rubinstein will guide you through the range of treatment options available to reconstruct damaged skin tissues, including free tissue transplants, skin grafts, and local tissue flaps, all procedures that rely on utilizing your own existing healthy tissue to replace and repair any irregularities left after your cancer surgery.
What is the Facial/Skin Cancer Procedure Like?
The complexity of the skin cancer reconstructive procedure depends largely on the size of the affected area to be treated. If that area is small, Dr. Rubinstein can perform the procedure on an outpatient basis, using a local anesthetic, allowing you the freedom of not having to spend a night in the hospital. In some cases, however, a larger surface area of affected skin will necessitate the use of a general anesthetic, and perhaps several days in the hospital recovering from surgery.
What Can I Expect During Recovery?
While outpatient procedures on small areas often have a relatively easy recovery process, in the case of more complex skin cancer reconstructive surgery it is not atypical to have bruising, and a sensation of numbness, alongside some swelling and pain in the affected area particularly in the immediate aftermath of surgery. Dr. Rubinstein will provide you with detailed instructions on how to change your dressings and how to wash and bath yourself, along with a prescription for pain medication and an appropriate antibiotic. In such cases, you will need assistance in driving home from the hospital, and you may need to depend on additional help around the house until you can normally return to work and other daily activities. Your post-operative consultations with Dr. Rubinstein will guide you to a successful recovery. Once you have recovered, a key to sustaining your successful recovery will be taking strict measures to avoid a recurrence of skin cancer, by avoiding any unnecessary exposure to the sun, always wearing a sunblock of 30SPF or higher and wearing a broad-brimmed hat as well as sunglasses if you spend much time out of doors.
Will Insurance cover Facial/Skin Cancer Reconstructive Surgery?
While the majority of health insurance policies do pay for reconstructive surgery, when it comes to facial/skin cancer repair procedures, it may really depend on your plan as to whether or not the procedure will be covered by your insurance and to what extent, as every plan is different and also varies in its coverage options. Some insurers will cover all of the reconstructive procedure costs, whereas others will only pay a portion of it, leaving it to the patient to pay the rest. After checking with your insurance provider to learn what sort of coverage is available to you, if it turns out that you aren’t covered by insurance, or if there is a gap in your coverage, Dr. Rubinstein does offer financing
options in just such cases so that his patients can make easy payments every month for their treatment. If you are a resident of Miami, Fort Lauderdale or South Florida, and you need facial or skin cancer reconstructive surgery, then please contact Dr. Rubinstein today as you will benefit from his skillful surgical expertise as well as the patient-friendly atmosphere in his Aventura office.
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