Skin Cancer Reconstruction in Houston, TX

Surgery Overview
  • AnesthesiaLocal or General
  • Surgery LengthVaries
  • Recovery Time1 to 2 weeks

Causes of Skin Cancer

The cause of most skin cancer is excessive exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet or UV rays, which is known to impart damage to skin cells. Scientists agree that the free radicals in the sun’s UV rays are among the chief causes of skin cells genetically mutating into malignant cancer cells.

Following the removal of skin cancer, many patients want to restore their appearance and remove the scar or deformity left behind by the cancer treatment. Dr. Olga Bachilo at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa in Houston is a specialized plastic surgeon with extensive experience in reconstructive surgery performed on patients who have had skin cancer excisions.


Skin Cancer Types

There are three most common types of skin cancer, known as basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, and melanoma. They are categorized as follows:

Basal Cell Carcinoma

is the least dangerous, but the most pervasive, type of skin cancer, although it can grow and spread quickly by gnawing away at neighboring cells and tissue as it expands, causing a sore or ulceration that may eventually pose a significant threat. When this cancer mutates and spreads, it usually becomes increasingly aggressive, growing and spreading more rapidly, and causing more severe damage, which may necessitate a more complicated treatment later on if not treated in time. This cancer usually appears and begins to develop slowly in the area of the scalp, face, neck, and ears, and may affect the chest, shoulders, arms and hands. Basal cell carcinoma accounts for approximately 75% of all cases of skin cancer.

Squamous Cell Carcinoma

accounts for an estimated 20% of all cases of skin cancer, and is typically less dangerous than melanoma, but pose a dangerous threat to neighboring tissue if left untreated and it can migrate to other areas of the body. Squamous cell carcinoma typically presents a far more severe threat when it affects areas with mucous membranes, including the lips, eyelids, nostrils, sexual organs, or rectum.


is the most aggressive form of skin cancer and can spread to other organs and body parts for instance the lungs, liver, lymphatic system, and brain. Although melanoma represents a mere 5% of all skin cancers, melanoma accounts for an alarming 75% of deaths resulting from skin cancer. Melanoma typically appears as a dark spot or lesion with rough edges, that begins to grow noticeably or changes color.


Warning Signs of Skin Cancer

If you notice any dark spots or skin lesions, moles, or birthmarks that conform to the subsequent “ABCDE” list of descriptors, these should be immediately examined by a doctor and a biopsy performed to exclude the possibility of melanoma.

A: Asymmetrical shape
B: Borders marked by irregular, jagged, or scalloped edges
C: Color that vary between tan, brown, blue, and black in the same lesion
D: Diameter that grows in size or is larger than 6 mm
E: Evolution in shape, size, color, or appearance that may include crusting, scabbing, or ulceration.


Skin Cancer Excision Surgery and Reconstruction

When skin cancer invades a relatively large area, it usually requires extensive surgery to remove the malignant lesions. This surgery may leave skin cancer deformities that are visually unappealing and may even interfere with comfort or normal functioning. Thanks to advanced skin cancer reconstructive surgery techniques, an experienced plastic surgeon can repair the affected area in order to restore its natural form, appearance, and function to a large degree.

If you are planning to have a cancerous lesion removed, speak with Dr. Bachilo beforehand to plan for your reconstruction treatment immediately following your procedure.  Whenever possible, patients choose to undergo reconstructive surgery immediately or as soon as possible after excision surgery.

Planning for Your Reconstruction Surgery

Several techniques may be used in the reconstructive surgery, depending on the treatment area and condition. Dr. Bachilo will work closely with your oncology team to help you plan for your reconstructive surgery in the manner most beneficial for your condition, bearing in mind that performing the reconstruction surgery immediately may optimize healing and reduce the recovery period. Nonetheless, there are cases in which, due to a patient’s particular needs or situation, reconstruction surgery may need to be postponed or performed at a later date.


Recovery After Skin Cancer Reconstruction

Most skin cancer excisions and reconstructions are performed on an outpatient basis under local anesthesia in the comfort of the doctor’s office and requires only minimal downtime. You will receive detailed post-operative care instructions following your procedure, explaining how long you must rest, when you can resume normal activities such as bathing, and when to see Dr. Bachilo for a follow-up appointment.  Recovery time will vary, depending on the severity of the original surgery and the reconstructive process, but the focus will be on protecting the wound to ensure that the suture is not subjected to injury or impact. By carefully following all of Dr. Bachilo’s post-operative care instructions, you can optimize proper healing and minimize scar formation.

What's Next?

Need to schedule an appointment?

If you’re undergoing a skin cancer excision procedure and want to make sure that you have a competent plastic surgeon lined up for the reconstruction surgery, contact Dr. Olga Bachilo at Glamour Plastic Surgery and Med Spa, where plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures are provided with excellence for residents of Houston and nearby areas in Texas.


Our Testimonials


I Am so Happy with My Breast Implant Results
Tamera Danna

Dr. Bachilo is such a wonderful surgeon. I am so happy with my breast implant results. Several friends who also had surgical procedures with Dr. Bachilo are extremely thrilled with her expertise! Eva does such a fantastic job on facials and skin treatments. The hydro facials are GREAT!!! I am so thankful for Dr. Bachilo’s advice and knowledge of what looks good and what will be realistic. GREAT SURGEON!!!

Clean place, friendly personnel, professional care
Lika Aslan

nice, clean place, friendly personnel, professional care. Easy to make an appointment and they never make you wait. - Google

This place will not disappoint!
Karmen Mataro

Beautiful office the staff are all very knowledgeable and the doctor has a wonderful bedside manner. You can purchase medical grade skin care products, have a facial, recieve botox and fillers, take a health and fitness class, have noninvasive procedures (my new fav emsculpt) and finally get your body back from childbirth with a custom mommy make over. This place will not disappoint! - Facebook

Azmi Attia

My wife looks better every visit. This is great place to look your best and they treat her A++++++ - Google

Dr. Bachilo is an incredible doctor
Megan Shea

Dr. Bachilo is an incredible doctor and has a very friendly and kind personality. I had been to many plastic surgeons and none made me feel comfortable and respected the way she did when talking with her. I will continue to see her no matter where I am in the U.S. - Google

Dr. Bachilo is excellent bedside manner.

Dr. Bachilo performed this procedure on me in March 2019. I am a 50-year-old female, 5‘4“, 170 pounds. Dr. Bachilo removed 10 L of fat, which is a very aggressive surgery. I felt comfortable with her, and asked her to push the limits, which she did. I spent the night in the hospital as a precaution as my blood pressure dropped and needed to be stabilized and monitored. Dr. Bachilo is excellent bedside manner. She checked on me several times during the day and night before I left. I am now 8 days post-op and pleased with the results. - RealSelf

She has been wonderful
Lindsey Coats

Dr. Bachilo has now completed an arm lift and thigh lift for me. She has been wonderful with me through both procedures and her work is remarkable. I have asked a lot of her throughout both procedures that are difficult enough without me asking her to go above and beyond. She continues to deliver truly incredible results. - Google

I recommend Dr.bachilo!!!
Diana Rosas

She needs to be cloned!

Dr. Bachilo is warm, and very welcoming. She explains the procedure clearly, listens intently, and answers all of my questions. She is extremely knowledgeable and is an excellent, skilled surgery. I recommend her to all of my friends and family. She needs to be cloned! - HealthGrade

I Am so Thankful We Found Olga!
Elvira V.

I am so thankful we found Olga! She has changed my life! I've gotten breast augmentation with Olga, I went to 3 different surgeons for a consultation and the moment I met Olga my mom and I both knew she was the one. She was so personal, warm and made me feel like my concerns were her priority! She was always there for me, before and after the surgery. Answering my late night texts and making sure I was in a good place. My mom has also gotten treatments at their med spa and she couldn't be happier with her results. All the staff are very sweet, kind and welcoming! I would highly recommend this place! - Yelp

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