What Is Dr Gene's role after M
Learning you have skin cancer can be a scary experience and deciding your treatment plan means learning about all of the options. Of all the surgical techniques available today, MOHs surgery offers the lowest recurrence rate of malignant lesions and maximum preservation of healthy tissue. It is only performed by specialized dermatological surgeons. However, after the malignant lesion is removed, a depression or hole in the skin often remains. Since obvious scars on the face can be disfiguring and make you feel less confident, which is where double board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. Eugene "Gene" Alford offers reconstructive surgery after MOHs surgery. Dr. Gene specializes in carefully reconstructing the facial tissue in his patients at Alford Facial Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX restoring the skin’s natural appearance. This is especially important in such high profile areas as the nose, lips, eyelids, and other areas of the head and neck that draw a lot of attention, and help you make a great first impression.
"Gene Alford is always honest and trustworthy, which is why I respect his opinion."- Anonymous / Office Visit / Jan 15, 2018
"I could not be happier with the results of my procedure. Having never really been a fan of my neck, I decided it was time to do something. I honestly don’t know if I would have felt comfortable with anyone else other than Dr. Gene. Not only does he listen, encourage and fully explain all you can expect, he is outstanding in his profession. He gives you all the time you need to work your way through the process and his staff is exceptional. Wonderful! Results...superb!"- J. / Healthgrades / Jun 27, 2018
"Dr Alford and those that are a part of his team are absolutely wonderful!! He is simply amazing - he listens, is able to see the issue, come up with a resolution that addresses all issues and does so with the most positive, experienced and honest answers. I have had many procedures for sinus and have not experienced the positive results that doctor Alford was able to correct. Additionally, he corrected facial issues associated with prior surgery and age. The surgery simply had me looking refreshed rather than 'pulled'. They prepared me well prior to surgery. knowing all the steps and giving answers before I asked - Even had makeup for the bruising as a gift - what a nice surprise! They new exactly what I would need, how I would feel and heal, and were there for me every step of the way and each time I called. The most positve and supportive group that is so important in healing. I cannot recommend Dr Alford enough - he listens, is so very knowledgable and continues to teach, is patient and sensative to my needs, answering and resolving all issues in the most positive and supportive manner with perfect results!! I highly recommend Dr Alford!!"- B. / Google / May 14, 2018
"Had the pleasure of working with Dr Alford during my training. An excellent surgeon and human being!"- L.B. / Facebook / Apr 26, 2018
"Dr. Alford is my favorite doctor of all time, and I've had a LOT of doctors. When others docs told me there was nothing they could do to repair my nose after cancer resection caused it to deviate and sit beneath my eye, he scoffed and said he could help. His life experiences have made him a doctor with rare insight into what his patients are experiencing ... losing the life we once had, handling depression, and trying to make the most of what we have. He is a kind and gentle man but tells the truth about expectations. I cannot say enough good things about him. If you have found him and decide to be one of his patients, you are a lucky person indeed."- S.H. / Google / Apr 06, 2018
It takes about 2 – 4 hours to surgically remove the skin cancer with MOHS surgery which is done by a dermatologist. The patient then sees Dr. Gene to provide a reconstructive operation for patients who have lost a significant amount of their tissue to cancer.
Following your reconstructive surgery Dr. Gene will have you stay overnight in the hospital so your recovery can be carefully monitored. Dr. Gene will come see you in the hospital the next day to determine if you are able to continue your recovery at home. Depending on the approach for reconstruction most patients take about 1 – 4 weeks for recovery before returning to their normal activities and work.
Because MOHS surgery by itself has a 99% cure rate vs. traditional excision, whose cure rate can be as low as 70%, the accuracy of the reconstruction is enhanced by a lower chance of reoccurrence. This high cure rate allows for immediate reconstruction without the delay of waiting for traditional pathology results.
What Does Reconstruction follo
Since each case is unique, there is no average cost for MOHS reconstruction surgery, but Dr. Gene will go over expense estimates during your initial consultation. MOHS reconstruction surgery is usually covered at least in part by health insurance, so our office will communicate with your insurance company to determine your benefits and coverage.
Plan Your Procedure
- Recovery Time
- 1 - 4 Weeks
- Average Procedure Time
- 2 - 4 Hours
- Post-op Follow-up
- 1 Day
- Procedure Recovery Location
- Overnight Stay in Hospital
Reconstruction following MOHS
- Aggressive skin cancer
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Larger cancers
- Merkel cell carcinoma
- Nonmelanoma skin cancer
- Skin cancer on the head or neck
- Skin cancer with undefined borders
- Squamous cell carcinoma
MOHS reconstruction surgery is best for patients who have areas of skin cancer on their face and neck that need to be removed while leaving as much healthy skin and tissue as possible. Skin reconstruction after the cancer excision should also be performed by a skilled facial plastic surgeon like Dr. Gene to give you the best, most natural results.
Incisions and Scars?
Since the goal of MOHS reconstruction surgery is to fully remove unhealthy tissue and restore your appearance, Dr. Gene makes every effort to place surgical incisions in easily concealed areas of the face and neck. Since the head is a highly visible area, it is important to follow all of Dr. Gene’s instructions and recommendations on scar care management to ensure smooth, flat scars that blend into the normal skin.