Mohs Reconstruction is a surgical procedure employed to repair facial defects that result from the removal of skin cancers. This can involve simple closure of the wound or, in more complicated cases, may require the transfer of adjacent tissue. Our goal is to minimize any change and restore your appearance using techniques that maintain the same aesthetic approach that we use for our cosmetic patients.
Am I a Good Candidate for this procedure?
Any one or combination of the following conditions may indicate that you are a good candidate for Mohs:
Basal cell carcinoma surgery
Squamous cell carcinoma surgery
Scarring from other nonmelanoma skin cancers
Skin cancer can damage skin around the nose, lips, and eyes. Mohs is meant to remove the cancer and preserve as much skin as possible with minimal scarring.
How Will My Plastic Surgeon Evaluate Me?
You should come to the consultation prepared to discuss your medical history including previous surgeries, past and present medical conditions and current medications.
Dr. Bundrick will guide you to do what is best for you and your health is her upmost priority.
What is the Procedure Like?
After the cancer is removed fully, Dr. Bundrick will rebuild the affected facial features using complex and proven surgical techniques. She will use skin grafted from another part of your body, or a donor site, to increase healing and reduce scarring.
Mohs reconstruction is most often done in an office or surgery center as an outpatient procedure. This means you go home after the surgery is done. The surgery can take up to 4 hours or even longer.
It may take four to six weeks for the wound to heal completely, depending on the size of the area.
Mohs micrographic surgery has the highest cure rate of all treatments for basal cell and squamous cell skin cancers. For basal cell carcinoma, the cure rate is up to 99% for new cases and up to 94% for recurrent cases.
Using these techniques, any scarring or disfigurement left in the skin tissue after Mohs surgery can be repaired or improved to achieve the best aesthetic result.
Depending on the extent of your skin trauma, post-Mohs reconstruction may be performed in multiple stages. With the consultation of Mohs surgeons and oncology experts, our surgeons can formulate the most effective approach to repair the wound and minimize any visual scarring.