Mohs Reconstruction Surgery is most commonly done for basal cell and squamous cell cancers of the face. Given that the face is a very cosmetically sensitive area, Mohs surgery allows for removal of the smallest amount of normal tissue possible when having a skin cancer removed. Reconstruction of a defect following Mohs surgery (for various skin cancers) is an unfortunately common surgical procedure.
Skin cancer of the head and neck commonly affects some of the most sensitive areas of the face including the nose, ears, and eyelids – even a small defect can significantly disrupt function and appearance. After the cancer is removed, the defect or wound needs to be reconstructed in order to best mimic the normal form and function of the face. This usually requires tissue rearrangement, local flaps, and cartilage or soft tissue grafting. The nose is especially complicated to reconstruct in order to maintain a natural, functional appearance.
Dr. Steitz has extensive experience in facial reconstructive techniques and nasal surgery, including larger flaps and grafts for more extensive defects. He has authored a textbook chapter on lip reconstruction and written several chapters on reconstructive rhinoplasty.