ABOUT ONE IN FIVE AMERICANS DEVELOP SKIN CANCER SOMETIME IN THEIR LIFE.
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.
WHAT IS MOHS RECONSTRUCTION?
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.
WHAT IS 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.
MOHS RECONSTRUCTION PROCEDURE
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.
TYPES OF MOHS RECONSTRUCTION
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:
- Primary closure is a useful approach when dealing with minor defects and allowing your skin to heal on its own.
- Local flap closure is a technique that utilizes your skin and the tissue surrounding the lesion to close larger and deeper wounds as long as there is enough extra tissue present.
- Using a healthy piece of skin, skin grafting is excellent for certain lesions, specifically superficial ones or lesions that cannot be pulled together with a flap closure, to cover damaged tissue.
- Structural grafting is effective to deal with an area with underlying cartilage, especially when cancer has been removed from the ear or nose.
TOP 10 BENEFITS OF MOHS RECONSTRUCTION
After having successfully completed Mohs surgery, there are significant benefits to also get a Mohs Reconstruction procedure done.
- 99% success rate
- This can usually be done on the same day as the Mohs surgery
- Decreases the amount of healthy tissue lost
- Enhances the function of your skin
- Ensures complete removal of your cancer
- Immediate results
- Increases your confidence after your surgery
- Minimal scarring
- Removes harmful tissue
- Restores the appearance at the treated site
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Am I a Candidate for Mohs Reconstruction?
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.
What is the recovery from Mohs Reconstruction?
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.
CONSULTATION FOR MOHS RECONSTRUCTION IN HOUSTON
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.