So, to be an exceptional nose surgeon, you really have to take several things into account. One, you have to be able to cure the cancer and know how to analyze it and get that cure rate so that it is a 99 % cure rate, which is what's unique with nose surgery. No other treatment in the world for treating cancer has a 99 % cure rate, so this the beauty of nose. And then the next part of that is really being an artist when it comes to reconstructing the patient, and so you have to really understand the anatomy. Noses are a particular area that my practice has a lot of, and that's because most of the cancers happen on the nose, and it's also because it's a very challenging area, and so somebody with expertise is really who you want doing that repair at that time. So, with me, I always study the nose before I operate, before I remove the cancer. I really try to define what their nose looks like and analyze it. Then, when I do the reconstruction, I take into account function and form, so I want to ensure that they maintain the function of their nose as well as get the optimal cosmetic outcome.
Treating Cancer and Reconstructing the Face
Doctor Shawn Allen discusses the process Mohs Micrographic Surgery which is used for the treatment of complex skin cancers.