When you receive a skin cancer diagnosis, the goal is to treat the lesion so the chance of recurrence is very low. Moh’s Surgery is one of the most advanced, precise, and effective treatments for skin cancer. Moh’s Surgery has the highest success rate for all treatments for cancer, at up to 99%.. Mohs Surgery removes thin layers of cancerous skin until no cancerous tissue remains. This can leave a scar or even some disfigurement. So, what happens after Mohs Surgery?
Reconstructive plastic surgery can help. This can aid post-surgical appearance and self- confidence. The exact treatment plan will vary by patient. Each patient's skin has different coloring, thickness, elasticity and ability to heal. Where the Mohs surgery is on the body is also a factor.
About the procedure
Your surgeon will explore many options based on your needs. For larger wounds, your surgeon may recommend using flesh from another part of your body. This flesh is for a skin graft. Moving skin for a skin graft requires the new skin to heal in that surgical location. It is hard to find extra skin on the head and neck, so surgeons generally must use skin from elsewhere. This means the skin will differ in both texture and color.
So, another option is an adjacent tissue transfer or flap reconstruction. This means that the surgeon will borrow tissue from neighboring sites. Then your surgeon will cut through the skin and soft tissue on all but one side. Your surgeon manipulates the skin to fill the surgical defect. The skin stays connected to its original location one side. So, it maintains blood flow and heals faster.
Every procedure is different and tailored to you. Your surgeon considers what skin removed during Mohs surgery. Then, your surgeon looks to find the most similar skin to replace it.
The recovery process will vary based on the treatment plan. Important considerations include:
- Preventing infection
- Avoiding activity, using coverings and protecting any stitches
- Reducing swelling and bruising
- Avoiding UV radiation