Skin cancers are now more common than all other cancers combined. Our plastic surgeons and other specialists work with the Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center and with you, to create a treatment plan that supports your needs.
Depending on the severity and location of the cancer, skin cancer reconstruction options will vary from simple closure to flaps.
Excise and closure
Excise with skin graft: A skin graft is a thin piece of skin taken from one area and placed on a prepared recipient site.
Local flap: If the affected area is larger, excision is often followed by local tissue rearrangement. This is tissue that is moved from an area adjacent to the wound.
Free flap: A free flap is a piece of skin, fat and muscle that is completely removed from a donor site with an artery and a vein and transferred to the recipient site, where the artery and vein are connected to vessels in that area. The flap is trimmed and sutured into place.