Reconstructive Surgery

The University of Michigan remains a leader in the treatment of basal cell and squamous cell carcinoma as well as melanoma. Performed by specially-trained dermatologists, this process has close to a 100% cure rate for non-melanoma skin cancers, while at the same time preserving a maximal amount of normal tissue. For more extensive skin cancers, care is coordinated through a multidisciplinary team of Mohs (a form of skin cancer surgery) surgeons, facial plastic surgeons, head and neck surgeons, oculoplastic (structures around the eye) surgeons and radiation oncologists.

Reconstructive options range from local tissue rearrangement (called “flaps”), to skin grafts, to complex transfer of skin, bone and/or cartilage to achieve optimal facial balance and symmetry. With your guidance, your surgeon will choose the optimal reconstructive option for your particular needs. The surgeon will attempt to balance the complexity of the reconstruction with your desire for the final outcome, to achieve the best possible functional and aesthetic results.

We have a seamless transition between our Department of Dermatology and our reconstructive surgery team, so you will enter into the process knowing exactly what to expect, from the repair that is required to what happens after surgery.