Mohs surgery is one of the most popular and effective approaches for addressing larger skin cancer lesions. Yet, the nature of the procedure requires plastic surgery as a follow-up. While health is the primary concern when it comes to treating cancer, appearance is still important for men and women too, after their health is once again assured. Our doctors can improve the appearance of your skin following Mohs surgery performed by a surgeon outside of our practice.
Contact us online today to learn more about your options for Mohs reconstruction following skin cancer treatment. The Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas helps men and women from Austin, Round Rock and throughout Texas. Count on our team to help restore full health to your skin through a wide range of procedures.
Reconstruction Following Mohs
Since Mohs surgery removes a section of skin and tissue, a noticeable scar would be left behind without reconstructive surgery. Mohs reconstruction creates a smooth, natural look again. Typically, the reconstruction is performed at the same time as the surgery itself.
Small areas can be repaired more rapidly, while a larger treatment spot takes longer. Extensive reconstruction might have to be done in stages with multiple surgeries. There are different approaches used for reconstruction, depending on the level of correction needed. A small flap reconstruction either with or without a skin graft is the most common. Additional treatments such as fat transfer may be incorporated as well.
Understanding Mohs Surgery
Traditional skin cancer surgery removes all the cancerous cells in an area. However, this surgery typically removes a lot of healthy cells at the same time. Although being thorough is an important part of lasting skin health, Mohs surgery offers a less invasive solution.
During Mohs surgery, very thin layers of skin from the affected area are removed. Each one is examined to check for any abnormal cells. If evidence of abnormality is present, another thin layer of cells is taken. The process continues until a clear skin sample is seen. By using this approach rather than guessing blindly at where the cancer cells end, Mohs surgery is simultaneously more effective and less invasive.
Mohs surgery spares the greatest possible amount of healthy tissue compared to other surgical treatments, but it can still leave scarring and other skin imperfections. Our team has experience in creating a more attractive look following Mohs surgery.
Recovery and Results
Healing is rapid after surgery and reconstruction. Most patients return to work in about a week. It’s important to protect the area from the sun during the healing process. This helps minimize the possibility of scarring and protect the new tissue as it heals.
Mohs reconstruction surgery from the Institute of Reconstructive Plastic Surgery of Central Texas removes cancerous skin cells while restoring a smooth, even look to the treated area. After reconstruction, you can expect to see the absence of abnormal skin cells, and enjoy a return to whole-body health.