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Our skin is our largest organ, covering our entire body with its soft, protective layers. But sometimes, birth disfigurements, diseases, or accidents can leave our skin looking a little worse for wear. That’s where the expert providers at Rochester Regional Health’s Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery come in. We treat a wide range of reconstructive skin procedures, helping you find confidence in your skin once more.
Offering high-quality results, our providers are specially trained to treat a variety of conditions, including lesions, melanomas, reconfiguring scars, and grafting skin. Whatever the reason you are seeing reconstructive surgery, you are in experienced, compassionate hands.
Skin lesions are any type of abnormal growth that develops on the surface of the skin. They may be benign (non-cancerous), precancerous, or malignant (cancerous).
The most common benign skin lesions we treat are:
Our experienced plastic surgeons can remove the lesion with minimal trauma to surrounding tissue and the best possible aesthetic result, whether for medical or cosmetic reasons. Schedule a consultation with us so that we may assess and determine an appropriate treatment for you.
A cyst is an abnormal sac of tissue that can appear anywhere on the body but is most often found on the face and scalp. While usually benign (non-cancerous) and slow-growing, cysts can rupture or become infected which is why careful removal is often recommended.
Common cysts our experts remove include:
Cysts can occur in men and women of all skin types. They can be caused by skin damage or irritation or may appear for no apparent reason. If you have a cyst that you want to be evaluated and removed, call our experienced plastic surgeons.
Surgery is often the best way to cure early-stage melanoma (melanoma that has not spread to other areas of your body), as well as treat more advanced melanoma. The experienced plastic surgeons at Rochester Regional Health prioritize completely removing your cancer while also preserving your quality of life. We know that no two melanomas are alike, and we work closely with our oncologist, dermatologist, and imaging specialist colleagues to ensure we are accurately diagnosing and offering the most effective treatment possible.
Used commonly for patients whose melanoma is likely to metastasize (spread) to their lymph nodes, sentinel lymph node biopsy involves the removal of the first lymph node to which cancer cells are most likely to spread. Then, a pathologist will examine your lymph node to see if there are cancer cells present, which arms your team with information to make the right treatment decision for your melanoma.
Scars are the unavoidable results of surgery or injury, and their development is often unpredictable. Poor healing can cause disfiguring or unsightly scars, or they may just be noticeable because of their location, shape, or size. Scar revision surgery may be the perfect option if a scar bothers you.
Scar revision surgery can improve the appearance or condition of a scar anywhere on your body and can treat many types of scars, including:
Your scar type will determine your recommended treatment plan. While no scar can be removed completely, our experienced plastic surgeons can improve the appearance of a scar, making it less obvious.
You may be a good candidate for scar revision surgery if you are a year or more after an injury or surgery.
Reconstructive skin grafting can be used to replace damaged or missing skin caused by severe burns, injury, or illness. Skin grafting involves removing healthy skin from one area of the body (known as the donor site) and relocating it to another area of the body (known as the recipient site) to restore appearance and function.
Skin grafts may be used for:
Your plastic surgeon will discuss your options depending on the needed skin size and location. Please note that your treatment plan may require multiple procedures done in several stages.