Skin Cancer Reconstruction Specialist

Suzie Kuhnen, DO -  - Cosmetic & Plastic Surgeon

Suzie Kuhnen, DO

Central Iowa’s only Female Plastic Surgeon in West Des Moines, IA

Removing skin cancer is important to protect your overall health, but this procedure can compromise your appearance. If you’re worried about skin cancer scars impacting your self-confidence, talk to Suzie Kuhnen, DO, at Iowa Specialty Surgeons in West Des Moines, Iowa. She helps men and women through skin cancer reconstruction. To learn more about how she can remove skin cancer while protecting your appearance, call the office or schedule a visit online today.

Skin Cancer Reconstruction Q & A

What is skin cancer reconstruction?

Skin cancer reconstruction is a specialty that focuses not just on removing skin cancer, but also on minimizing the visibility of the results from that surgery. While skin cancer removal is generally a minimally invasive surgery, it can possibly leave scarring. 

Fortunately, when you choose Dr. Kuhnen for skin cancer reconstruction instead of traditional skin cancer removal, you choose to protect the appearance of your skin even as you protect your overall health. 

Dr. Kuhnen ensures that the skin cancer is fully removed. As she works, she also prioritizes minimizing the cosmetic effects of the procedure. As an expert plastic surgeon, she’s experienced at minimizing the visibility of any incisions required to remove your skin cancer. 


How does skin cancer reconstruction work?

It depends on the type of procedure you require. For example, if you need Mohs surgery, a procedure during which thin layers of skin are removed until all of the cancer is excised, you will first be seen by your dermatologist to undergo Mohs prior to meeting with Dr. Kuhnen. 

The defect caused from excision of skin cancer can be repaired in multiple ways including a skin graft from another part of your body or rotating adjacent tissue to close the wound. 

In other instances, she may be able to perform the procedure to remove your skin cancer along naturally occurring lines in your skin. This helps to mask the appearance of the incision.

If you need skin cancer removed from a visible part of your body where you’re concerned about scarring, talk to Dr. Kuhnen about your skin cancer reconstruction options. 


What is the healing process like after skin cancer reconstruction?

It depends on the type of skin cancer removal you need and the location of your skin cancer. 

Dr. Kuhnen talks with you about what to expect, both during your skin cancer reconstruction procedure and during your recovery.

After your procedure, she sends you home with specific care instructions. This further helps to minimize lasting cosmetic ramifications from your surgery. 

If you want to have your skin cancer removed with minimal scarring, call Iowa Specialty Surgeons or make an appointment online to learn more about skin cancer reconstruction.