Nasal reconstruction is a complex topic due to the variety of causes that require reconstruction, as well as the multitude of techniques required to repair these different problems.
The nose is unique in that it possesses unique aesthetic and functional characteristics that other areas of the face do not. Most commonly, removal of skin cancer leads to a wound that needs to be reconstructed to maintain the shape of the nose and preserve its function, as well as its aesthetics. In addition to skin cancer, trauma is also a common cause for reconstructive problems such as broken bones which obstruct the airway and/or change its appearance.
How does nasal reconstructive surgery work?
In the case of skin cancer, ideally you will meet Dr. Correa prior to removal of the cancer in order to discuss the expected defect and the method to reconstruct it. This can be anything from simple closure, to a skin graft, to using local tissue as a ‘flap’ to cover the wound. Inherent in the treatment of cancer is a component of unpredictability. Most often, nasal skin cancer is removed by a Moh’s surgeon (a dermatologist with special training to remove the minimal amount of extra tissue to obtain clean margins) and the subsequent wound is then treated by a plastic surgeon.
Conditions potentially corrected by nasal reconstructive surgery
- Skin cancer of the nose
- Accidents and trauma
- Previous surgery
- Congenital anomalies
Thankfully, the recovery for most nasal reconstruction is relatively mild and often doesn’t require prescription pain medicine. However, depending upon the complexity of what is done, the recovery period can be longer – for example, if a staged surgery needs to be done.
How to get started
The first step is to contact Dr. Correa’s office to arrange your initial consultation. Depending upon your needs, another physician may refer you to Dr. Correa. Alternatively, you may also contact Dr. Correa directly to discuss your needs and questions.