One of Dr. Funcik’s most satisfying procedures is treating skin cancer of the face and reconstructing the resulting defect in an inconspicuous fashion. Patients present at a low point, having been diagnosed with cancer and fearful of permanent facial deformity. Yet most facial cancers are very curable and with skilled skin cancer reconstruction can be quite inconspicuous.
The nose is the most common area of the body for skin cancer to form. Yet it is one of the more challenging areas of the face for skin cancer reconstruction. There are no wrinkles to hide the scars, so they must be camouflaged by directing them to areas of shadow or contour change. Dr. Funcik was of good fortune to learn the technique of the bilobed (two lobe) flap for nasal reconstruction from his late friend and mentor, Dr. Paul Davis, of Florence, SC, to whom Dr. Funcik will always be grateful. Dr. Davis published the single largest series of bilobed flaps for nasal reconstruction in all the medical literature. Dr. Funcik is also indebted to his skilled friend and Dermatopathologist, Dr. Jim Phillips without whom our outstanding cure rate would not be possible.