According to the American Cancer Society, over five million skin cancers are diagnosed yearly, with those numbers continuing to climb.
Approximately 80 percent of all cancers appear on the face, head, or neck.
Surgeries to remove these cancers can cause unsightly scarring, particularly when in the area of the face. Mohs Reconstruction is a procedure to aesthetically repair the wound or damage are caused by Mohs Surgery.
Following a Mohs surgery, a reconstruction procedure can be performed to repair a wound or damaged area in the face, arms, hands, neck or features. It restores the appearance and function of the skin, giving the patient more confidence after undergoing skin cancer. A Mohs reconstruction allows patients relief from the unsightly aftermath which may follow Mohs Surgery.
Mohs surgery is a procedure that treats skin cancer and removes as much of the cancer-containing tissues as possible. Mohs Surgery can treat skin cancers in problematic areas like the ears, lips, and nose, as well as the hands and feet. Depending on the size of cancer, the surgery can leave conditions requiring reconstructive surgery, i.e. Mohs Reconstruction.
A local or general anesthesia or intravenous sedation may be provided before your reconstruction surgery begins. The size of the wound will determine the procedure required to address it.
The wound is closed using the best option available, depending on the size of the area addressed. The scar will be minimized as well as possible, often with the suture line following the natural creases of your face.
The type of reconstruction procedure will depend on the location of your wound and how the tissues were affected. Dr. Patel and Dr. Truong will discuss with you the best cosmetic goal for you and your unique situation. Here are the most common techniques used for skin cancer reconstruction:
After having successfully completed Mohs surgery, there are significant benefits to also get a Mohs Reconstruction procedure done.
If you have had a Mohs Surgery to address basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, you are an appropriate candidate for a Mohs reconstruction procedure. You should otherwise be in good physical health, a non-smoker, and have realistic expectations about the results of this surgery.
Your recovery depends on the technique and location of your procedure. You may receive stitches to close the wound while a skin flap or graft can be used to cover it. You may feel some discomfort after your surgery. Medication for pain can be made available. Over-the-counter pain reliever like acetaminophen can be taken but avoid aspirin, which can cause bleeding.
Once you get home, be on the lookout for any signs of redness or discharge or if you experience any symptoms of infection. You should avoid any heavy lifting, bending over, or strenuous exercise for at least a week to allow your wound to heal properly and prevent damage to your stitches. Of course, it is important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when out in the sun.
You may experience some swelling and bruising, especially a few days following your procedure. It usually goes away after a week or so. If your surgery involves your nose or forehead, you may have swelling of your eyelids. You can apply an ice pack for 20 minutes each hour for the first 48 hours after your surgery.
For more information about Mohs Reconstruction in Houston, contact us at Lift Plastic Surgery. Moreover, you can use our online booking features to schedule an appointment.
If you have received a Mohs Surgery to address basal cell carcinomas, squamous cell carcinomas, skin cancer, and are looking for an aesthetic solution to restore the affected area, then Mohs Reconstruction is the answer.
At Lift Plastic Surgery, we form a close-knit team with you. We utilize our years of collective experience in all aspects of plastic surgery.