After receiving a skin cancer diagnosis, many patients are faced with the prospect of skin cancer treatment, which often includes surgery. For example, MOHS micrographic surgery is used to treat squamous cell carcinoma, melanoma-in-situ, and primary basal cell carcinoma. Since the surgery is so detailed and technical, it’s imperative to seek treatment from an experienced surgeon who meticulously performs the surgery to effectively remove a patient’s cancer. At Couture Dermatology & Plastic Surgery, Dr. Grace Kim performs this procedure with a skill that makes her one of the most sought MOHS surgeons in the Las Vegas Valley. Contact us today to schedule your consultation.
"Dr. Grace Kim has been a family friend for years but that doesn't mean I'm biased! I got my Kybella treatment done by her and a custom acne care consultation. I couldn't have asked for a better doctor to do the Kybella. She did the treatment with precision and was super caring to my needs. The treatment worked wonders! I also had less acne problems with her recommended products and regimen. The Kybella does hurt and the swelling does last about 3 days but I would say it's worth it. 2 vials cost around 2k. My mother did get the laser fat treatment but didn't see much results but I would say all in all Couture medical's procedures most of the time work. And I would highly recommend Dr. Grace Kim as a preferred dermatologist."- N.N. / Yelp / Dec 30, 2019
"Dr. Marvin Spann and his staff were super professional. Very nice atmosphere."- L.A. / Facebook / Dec 06, 2019
"For my first appointment it was a very good experience. Everyone was friendly and Kacey was very knowledgeable!"- S.W. / Facebook / Dec 05, 2019
"I love this clinic! I have been seen by doctor Grace Kim, and I cannot thank her enough for her kindness and for making me feel welcome at her office. She always makes sure she answers all my questions and concerns and takes the time to explain to me what is going on with my health. I feel I am not just another patient, I feel Ms. Kim cares for me. Her staff is amazing, from her nurses to the ladies at the front desk. This clinic is very clean and the interior design of the lobby/waiting area is fantastic. Thank you, Ms. Kim, I truly appreciate you!"- L.S. / Yelp / Oct 31, 2019
"This is a wonderful derm office. Very clean office and kind staff. Kasie the PA is great! She is very thorough, explained everything and answered all my questions! Offered many solutions and explained treatments. Tonya is the esthetician and she is also very helpful! She is very knowledgable about all the lasers and products. I highly recommend this place!!"- A.M. / Yelp / Oct 24, 2019
Reconstruction can often be performed the same day or the day after the removal procedure. Reconstructive procedures are performed on an individualized basis, depending on each patient's wound, and can involve a skin graft, flap of skin, stitching or surgical closure. Our dcotor will discuss the various options with the patient and together they will choose the best method or methods of treatment. Following that, we will work with the doctor performing the patient’s skin cancer removal to perform reconstruction either immediately after the removal or later if the patient chooses.
Patients may be put under local or general anesthesia depending on the location and size of the area being treated. Once the skin cancer lesion is removed, reconstruction is done using the techniques she and the patient decided on during the initial consultation. Once the reconstruction is completed, your surgeon will close and dress the wound before the patient is allowed to leave. Following that, every patient will receive post surgical instructions, including how to care for the surgical wound, what topical medications to apply, and other tips to help with the patient's recovery. Avoiding sun exposure and using sun protection will help the wound heal quicker and without irregularities, like raised, red, or darker skin. It may take up to 1 year for patients to see the final results of their skin cancer reconstruction. If needed, our staff will discuss a secondary surgery to further refine the results.
Plan Your Procedure
Will There Be Scars?
While our doctors do their best to keep their incisions small and the wound closures clean and neat, there will be some degree of scarring. Scarring can be minimized by following any post surgical wound care instructions. You can also elect to have surgical scar revision if you would like to further reduce the visibility of the scarring.
Why a Plastic Surgeon?
Even if a dermatologist removes the skin cancer growth, it is beneficial for patients to have a plastic surgeon performing the wound closure and/or skin reconstruction. Plastic surgeons are specially trained to preserve the appearance of the skin and they are more practiced at closing incisions cleanly and evenly.
When To Have Reconstruction?
It is best if patients make an appointment before their skin cancer removal so she can consult and coordinate with the doctor and facility performing the skin cancer removal. Patients may choose to have their skin reconstruction performed right after their removal surgery or they can wait to see how the wound will heal naturally. During the initial consultation, the doctor will listen to the needs and concerns of the patient and then help them determine their best timeline and treatment plan.