Mohs micrographic surgery is one of the most efficient surgical skin cancer treatment that offers following advantages to the patient:
Mohs surgery includes the stage of defect reconstruction immediately after the tumor excision or with some delay depending on the situation. Reconstruction means that the postoperative wound is closed in a way that is most suitable in each specific case that allows minimizing of an aesthetic defect. If the wound is small, it may recover without additional efforts. In other cases, skin is stitching side-to-side. If the wound is extensive, the surgeon performs either a graft or a skin flap.
Time frame for wound healing
Stitches on the face or neck are usually removed within 7-10 days.
Stitches on the ears, scalp, limbs, chest and back are usually removed within 14 days.
The scar is tightened in about a month.
The postoperative wound heals in 4-6 weeks.
The scar will continue to heal and develop over the next 6-12 months.
Yes. All surgical operations leave scars. However, scarring left after the Mohs surgery is minimal as compared to other surgical methods. That’s not an insurmountable problem. The scar could be reduced with the help of anti-scarring medication injections, dermabrasion, or laser treatment. These measures are typically taken between 4 to 8 weeks after the surgery.
In the first months, the scar will be reddish and become lighter gradually. The appearance of the scar will improve within the first year. You should avoid direct, unprotected sun exposure if you don’t want it to become more severe or get an uneven skin tone.
What places you at increased risk of complications?
Your doctor will necessarily discuss the risks related to your individual health condition and medications, especially blood-thinning drugs. We just want to put the particular emphasis on the hazards of smoking. It negatively affects your healing process and increases your risk of skin cancer recurrence along with the appearance of other types of cancer. The benefits you get if you quit smoking are enormous.
What should you do to make rehabilitation faster and more efficient?
When you return home, follow these steps to ensure a normal recovery:
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