Mohs micrographic surgery is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancers in sensitive areas, such as the face and nose. This particular procedure is named after its founder and originator, Fredric E. Mohs, MD.
Using innovative microscopic techniques during his time as a medical student (1929-1934) Dr. Mohs was able to map out cancer around nerves, blood vessels, muscle and bone. He examined cancers that he removed by shaving or saucerizing excisions. This removal technique removed thin discs of tissue so the tumor and inflammatory white-cell infiltrate surrounding the cancer could be examined. (more…)
If you chose to get a rhinoplasty procedure, you probably have put a lot of thought and time into it. You’ve spent time determining what you want changed, how you want it to look when it’s over, and envisioning yourself with your new nose. These are wonderful and exciting steps to take as you enter into getting your procedure done, but you also need to plan for your recovery to ensure a safe and quick recovery time.
Steps For Optimal Rhinoplasty Recovery
Step1: Follow the post-rhinoplasty instructions provided by Dr. Ransom.
Step 2: Make sure you show up to each scheduled appointment after your procedure. (more…)
No two noses are alike, but most noses are like all the others in many ways. While your nose has very special color, features and size, its basic anatomy is the same as all other noses. The anatomical variations may include length, width, shape or position. Here are just a few of the nasal landmarks that appear on your nose. (more…)
“Every decision I make is the right one for me.” –Louise May
When deciding if rhinoplasty is right for you, it can be challenging. It’s important to keep in mind that what may be right for someone else, may not be right for you. When sorting through the pros and cons of a rhinoplasty, make sure you’re taking into consideration how it affects you in your particular situation. (more…)
Dr. Evan Ransom is a Double Board Certified surgeon specializing in facial plastic and reconstructive surgery. He is a specialist in cosmetic, reconstructive, and functional surgery of your nose and septum, and he performs nasal surgery on patients of all ages. If you’re considering a rhinoplasty procedure, you may have questions regarding the recovery process, and more specifically when you can return to your normal exercise routine.
Exercising after your rhinoplasty surgery needs to be entered into with great consideration. After your rhinoplasty you need to be very careful to avoid activities that could pose any risk of causing a contact-injury to your nose. You do not want to compromise the surgical procedure that was just performed. In addition, trying to do overly vigorous exercises too soon post-surgery can be detrimental to your body’s healing process. (more…)
Rhinoplasty is a consideration for adults of all ages. You may think that patients who get rhinoplasty are typically younger. While this is a portion of our patients, older adults in their 40s, 50s, 60s and beyond, are rhinoplasty patients as well. Many older adults who choose rhinoplasty may be re-entering the dating scene, rejuvenating their appearance, or changing their facial appearance. Many older adults wish to look on the outside as young as they feel on the inside.
Winter is knocking on the door of the cycle of seasons. And just like all cycles, it’s going to happen whether you like it or not. Cooler temperatures are a great time to break out your cute sweaters and boots to feel ultra cozy and snug! However, the cooler temperatures can break out winter common colds as well. A common cold can make the lining of your nose swell up and produce additional mucus to aid in the flushing away of your infection. With the extra mucus present in your nose, you’ll need to consider how to properly dispose of it in a safe way. (more…)
Have you ever looked through pictures of yourself when you were younger and then glance in the mirror and wonder if your nose has grown over the years? You continue looking and comparing and you’re certain it’s grown. Could it have gotten bigger? Doesn’t your nose stop growing at a certain age?
Yes! Your nose does stop growing during your teenage years. Even though it stops growing, it will begin changing shape (and this can make it appear larger), as you grow older. (more…)
If you have a perforated septum, a procedure called septoplasty may be the solution for you. A septal perforation is a hole in the dividing wall of the cartilage of your nose. The hole will vary in size and can cause several problems for you, mostly relating to breathing. You may also experience frequent bleeding. Chronic sinusitis and dry mouth are also common problems.
There are many reasons you may have a perforated septum. Prior nose surgeries and nose traumas are common reasons for perforations. Cocaine use and other medical conditions can be the cause. Even excessive nose picking can for the perforation. Determining the cause of your perforation is an important step in knowing how to correct it. After discovering the causative agent for your perforation it is important to abstain from it. Cocaine use is one of the causative agents that needs to be stopped. (more…)
At San Francisco Center for Facial Plastic, Reconstructive & Laser Surgery, we offer reconstructive surgery after Mohs micrographic surgery. This is a surgical technique used to treat skin cancer in sensitive areas, such as the face and nose. Here is a picture of a common type of cancer on the nose called Basal Cell Carcinoma.
Specialized dermatologic surgeons who limit their practice to treating skin cancer patients perform this surgery. After the cancer removal, Dr. Ransom has extensive experience in the reconstruction of the resulting effects of the Mohs procedure.