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Local Flap Reconstruction Specialist

Koch Facial Plastic Surgery

R. James Koch, M.D.

Facial Plastic Surgeon located in San Mateo, CA

If you have a facial deformity or undergo surgery because of cancerous or noncancerous lesions, turn to Koch Facial Plastic Surgery in San Mateo, California, to achieve flattering cosmetic results. R. James Koch, MD, offers local flap reconstruction to close wounds or reconstruct skin abnormalities. Call the office to learn more or book an appointment online today.

Local Flap Reconstruction Q & A

What is local flap reconstruction?

Local flap reconstruction is a procedure in which Dr. Koch takes a flap of skin from one part of your body and moves it to another part of the body during a minor surgical procedure. The tissue stays attached to your body during the transfer, allowing blood supply to continue during and after tissue transfer.

Why might I need local flap reconstruction?

Dr. Koch might recommend you undergo local flap reconstruction if you experience one of the following:

  • Large wounds
  • Skin cancer
  • Benign lesions
  • Other skin imperfections
  • Eyelid surgery
  • Facial imperfections

He uses highly effective techniques during facial surgery to ensure aesthetically pleasing results. Skin flap reconstruction at Koch Facial Plastic Surgery is a simple procedure that can produce dramatic outcomes with little to no downtime.

What happens during local skin flap reconstruction?

Prior to a skin flap reconstruction, Dr. Koch reviews your medical history and examines the skin on your face. He discusses your desired results before personalizing a treatment plan.

The first step in the process of skin flap reconstruction is for Dr. Koch to numb the treatment area - so you don’t feel any discomfort. He makes a tiny incision, removes tissue when needed, and uses a nearby tissue flap to cover the affected area. He might apply stitches to secure the flap in its proper place.

What should I expect after the procedure?

After skin flap reconstruction, you can expect redness, swelling, and tenderness at the treatment area. Follow all of Dr. Koch’s instructions after surgery. That includes keeping the surgical site out of the sun, avoiding strenuous activity and hot tubs or swimming pools until he says it’s okay, and not wearing makeup or lotion until it’s safe to do so.

Keep the treatment area clean and apply ointments if Dr. Koch asks you to. Attend follow-up visits to have stitches removed and ensure the affected area heals properly. If you experience numbness, tingling, or scarring, these side effects often go away over time.

To learn more about skin flap reconstruction and find out if it’s right for you, call the Koch Facial Plastic Surgery office or schedule an appointment online today.