Defining a New You With Mohs Reconstructive Surgery
Different Types of Mohs Reconstructive Strategies
The Mohs surgery involves strategic removal of your skin tissue. Doctors will excise a specific skin section, and evaluate the remaining edges for any residual cancer cells. Although the removed section might be less than one-inch square, this area may be on your nose, cheeks or neck. You want to cover this section with healthy skin as soon as possible.
During reconstructive surgery, your doctor has several strategies to choose from, including:
• Creating skin grafts
• Transferring tissues
• Rearranging skin flaps
Every patient is unique because their cancer excision and skin type will all dictate the best reconstructive strategy. Ideally, the doctor wants to use the patient's own skin in order to reduce any inflammation or infection. It's possible to take a skin section from an inconspicuous area, and cover the excised region.
Benefiting Those in Need
Many skin-cancer sufferers can benefit from this reconstructive surgery. The best candidates have these traits, such as:
• Multiple skin-cancer bouts
• Sensitive skin-cancer locations
• Large lesions
When you have many skin-cancer lesions, your body can appear dotted with scars. Being a cancer survivor doesn't mean you should deal with low self-esteem either. Reconstructive surgery is meant to improve your skin's health, but it also needs to please the patient. Looking in the mirror after Mohs reconstructive surgery should be pleasing and inspirational as you move on with your life.
When you schedule your Mohs procedure with our Orange County facility, it's important for most of the reconstructive surgery to be performed immediately after the skin-removal process. You're already under the proper anesthesia, and the lesions are open for grafting or other tissue processes.
After all of the cancer is removed from the area, the reconstructive doctor can get to work. They'll cover the lesions and affix them with stitches. When you awaken from the surgery, you aren't greeted with extensively bandaged lesions. You'll have protective dressings on, but they'll only be covering your new skin tissue that's cancer-free.
Returning for More Sessions
In some cases, you'll need to return for another reconstructive appointment. There are several reasons for these extra procedures, including:
• Deep skin-cancer lesions
• Challenging lesion locations
Patients might be sensitive immediately after their cancer-excision treatment. As a result, lesions are covered with a minimal skin section while the patient is allowed to heal over several weeks. Your doctor will determine when the skin is strong enough for another tissue transfer during subsequent followup appointments. Every patient will heal differently so these time-period intervals are estimates based on the average skin-cancer patient.
Possible Scars and Solutions
Scars occur through several processes, such as
• The Mohs skin-cancer removal itself
• Suture insertion
• Personal health history
The goal of any doctor is to make your Mohs reconstructive history as subtle as possible. Talented doctors will remove skin and cover the lesions with as little scarring as possible. Some areas on the body are more prone to scarring than others, including the face and neck.
Your doctor might suggest laser resurfacing for your potential scars. Resurfacing is the systematic process of removing a fine, upper skin layer to encourage natural healing. Scars are essentially faded as your Mohs surgery becomes an experience of your past.
When you opt for Mohs reconstructive surgery, you might believe that an extended hospital stay and recovery is required. In fact, these procedures performed by a board certified surgeon are considered outpatient treatments. You'll return home to relax while only returning in about a week for an evaluation and possible stitch removal. To see what our talented, Fashion Island doctors can do for you, contact our office at 949-200-1615. Your skin-cancer scars can be systematically faded away to almost nothing.