Unsightly scars in the head or neck region due to previous trauma or surgery can often be revised to hide them in natural skin creases. Scar revision can usually be done in the office under local anesthesia. In addition, hypertrophic scars or keloids can be excised and treated with injections of steroids or 5-Fluorouracil in the office.
The head and neck are the most common locations for skin cancer to occur. Excision of cancer in this delicate region often involves Mohs micrographic surgery, performed by a specially trained dermatologist. After cancer removal, Dr. Irvine uses many specialized techniques to reconstruct the lost tissue using surrounding tissue or using grafts from more distant sites. She has the training and skills to reconstruct all types of tissue including mucosa, cartilage, bone, skin, and soft tissue in this delicate and intricate region of the body.
As a board certified head and neck surgeon and a fellow-ship trained facial plastic surgeon, Dr. Irvine has extensive experience in cancer surgery and in facial reconstruction procedures throughout the entire head and neck.
Dr. Irvine can remove benign birthmarks or moles in any region of the head and neck. The incisions used to remove these moles are oriented in the most cosmetically-pleasing way to hide the scars as much as possible.