Most cases of skin cancer can be successfully and thoroughly removed through an excision procedure that removes the entire tumor and any roots. Despite its high level of efficiency, skin cancer excision often leaves behind large wounds or scars in prominent areas such as the face or hand. These deformities can be emotionally upsetting and a constant reminder of the skin cancer that once existed there. Fortunately, plastic surgery can be performed to repair the wound and restore your skin to a more healthy and natural appearance. While complete tumor resection is the main goal, New York City plastic surgeon, Dr. Dana Khuthaila, also takes the patient's appearance into consideration by leaving as much healthy tissue as possible. Reconstruction uses this remaining healthy tissue to carefully restore the area for both effective and aesthetic results.
"Best Plastic Surgeon Ever!! - After receiving full body and flanks liposuction by Dr. Khuthaila, every morning as I wake up and look in the mirror, I say out loud, "Thank you God for Dr. Khuthaila!" (My wife says that as well!) After attempting several other treatment modalities for this region of my body, through liposuction, I finally achieved the goals I was searching for. She and her team at Facial Plastic,... - - After receiving full body and flanks liposuction by Dr. Khuthaila, every morning as I wake up and look in the mirror, I say out loud, "Thank you God for Dr. Khuthaila!" (My wife says that as well!) After attempting several other treatment modalities for this region of my body, through liposuction, I finally achieved the goals I was searching for. She and her team at Facial Plastic, Reconstructive, and Laser Surgery in Poughkeepsie were top notch, always professional and supportive, but not stodgy. I was made to feel right at home. Results are superb. Dr. K literally personally called me each day for several days following the procedure and although this is not common, I was able to return to work the day after the surgery, not needing even Tylenol for pain. I am looking forward to returning to the gym and for once in my life, actually see a result of all of the sit-ups that I do! I could not recommend Dr. K more highly!"- R. / RealSelf / Jan 31, 2017
"I LOVE Dr Khuthaila. She is one of the very few doctors that will not only do an amazing and meticulous job, but will take her time to explain the procedure and answer all questions along the way, and do it with the integrity of a true professional and with the best interest of the patient in mind first and foremost. I saw many plastic surgeons before I found her, at the recommendation of a very close friend, and once you meet her, you will immediately understand why her patients love her so much. She's treated me and my mom, I've recommended her to friends and will keep going back to her. She is 5 star all around. As an added bonus, her gorgeous office overlooks Central Park and is close to wonderful restaurants and the nice shops on 5th and Madison. Thank you Dr Khuthaila!!!"- S.M. / Yelp / Aug 23, 2016
"Only 3 days postop!!! To be honest, I could not let another day go by without writing a review about this phenomenal woman. I've wanted a breast reduction for the past three years now.? In that process, I have been to many consults and saw about 4 different doctors. I can't even begin to explain how nervous and worried I was about going through this surgery.? The day I met Dr. Khuthalia, was the day I knew I had nothing to worry about and every fear or concern I had disappeared. Outside of being an excellent surgeon she was a beautiful and compassionate person.? I feel extremely lucky to have found her.? I truly could not have asked for a better experience and really I wouldn't recommend anyone else!"- C.M. / Yelp / Jan 11, 2017
"Best Surgey Experience I've Ever Had !!! - She is beyond amazing. She has a great way of making you feel at ease. You don't feel like you're bothering her by asking too many questions and she has the best bedside manner I've ever experienced. She is truly a blessing in my eyes and I could not have asked for a better doctor. - - Only 3 days postop!!! To be honest, I could not let another day go by without writing a review about this phenomenal woman. I’ve wanted a breast reduction for the past three years now. In that process, I have been to many consults and saw about 4 different doctors. I can’t even begin to explain how nervous and worried I was about going through this surgery. The day I met Dr. Khuthalia, was the day I knew I had nothing to worry about and every fear or concern I had disappeared. Outside of being an excellent surgeon she was a beautiful and compassionate person. I feel extremely lucky to have found her. I truly could not have asked for a better experience and really I wouldn’t recommend anyone else!"- N. / RealSelf / Jan 10, 2017
"If you're considering cosmetic surgery, do yourself a favor and book a consultation with Dr. Khuthalia. She is AMAZING!! I was SO nervous about undergoing surgery for my breast aug, but consulting with her put me at ease. She is incredibly knowledgeable and helped guide me to make the best decision for my body. Plus the surgery itself was far less invasive than I had imagined- I was able to go to brunch 24 hours post op and was back to my normal routine within a few days. I highly recommend her!"- A.N. / Google / Dec 14, 2016
Reconstruction can often be performed the same day or the day after the removal procedure. Reconstructive procedures are performed on an individualized basis, depending on each patient's wound, and can involve a skin graft, flap of skin, stitching or surgical closure. Dr. Khuthaila will discuss the various options with the patient and together they will choose the best method or methods of treatment. Dr. Khuthaila will work with the doctor performing the patient’s skin cancer removal to perform reconstruction either immediately after the removal or later if the patient chooses.
Patients may be put under local or general anesthesia depending on the location and size of the area being treated. Once the skin cancer lesion is removed, Dr. Khuthaila will begin reconstruction using the techniques she and the patient decided on during the initial consultation. Once the reconstruction is completed, Dr. Khuthaila will close and dress the wound before the patient is allowed to leave. Dr. Khuthaila will give every patient post surgical instructions, including how to care for the surgical wound, what topical medications to apply, and other tips to help with the patient's recovery. Avoiding sun exposure and using sun protection will help the wound heal quicker and without irregularities, like raised, red, or darker skin. It may take up to 1 year for patients to see the final results of their skin cancer reconstruction. If needed, Dr. Khuthaila will discuss a secondary surgery to further refine the results.
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Will There Be Scars?@headingTag>
While Dr. Khuthaila does her best to keep her incisions small and the wound closures clean and neat, there will be some degree of scarring. Scarring can be minimized by following Dr. Khuthaila’s post surgical wound care instructions. Dr. Khuthaila also performs surgical scar revision if the patient would like to further reduce the visibility of the scarring.
Why A Plastic Surgeon?@headingTag>
Even if a dermatologist removes the skin cancer growth, it is beneficial for patients to have a plastic surgeon performing the wound closure and/or skin reconstruction. Plastic surgeons, like Dr. Khuthaila are specially trained to preserve the appearance of the skin and they are more practiced at closing incisions cleanly and evenly.
When To Have Reconstruction?@headingTag>
It is best if patients make an appointment with Dr. Khuthaila before their skin cancer removal so she can consult and coordinate with the doctor and facility performing the skin cancer removal. Patients may chose to have their skin reconstruction performed right after their removal surgery or they can wait to see how the wound will heal naturally. During the initial consultation, Dr. Khuthaila will listen to the needs and concerns of the patient and then help them determine their best timeline and treatment plan.