To reduce a self-conscious appearance after melanoma removal, cancerous tissue is only removed in small sections during Mohs micrographic surgery. This lifesaving procedure also offers the potential of restoring your appearance using post – Mohs skin cancer reconstructive surgery. Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Edwin Austin is skilled in performing Mohs surgery to effectively treat melanoma and provide aesthetic reconstruction after skin cancer removal.
Mohs Micrographic Skin Cancer Surgery and Reconstruction
Visible tumors and roots extending beneath the skin surface are removed. Many layers of skin can be affected by this procedure resulting in large wounds or scars. Fortunately, these post-Mohs surgery conditions can be repaired with reconstructive plastic surgery by repairing the wound, diminishing scarring, and overall improving the appearance of the skin.
Candidates for Mohs Reconstructive Surgery
A high percentage of people who undergo Mohs cancer removal surgery do need to have reconstructive plastic surgery. Dr. Austin will assess the wound or scars caused by skin cancer removal and determine a reconstructive surgery strategy addressing the issue with the goal of restoring a natural look.
If your cancer treatment is complete and you’re in good overall physical health, you should be considered a candidate for Mohs reconstructive surgery.
Skin cancer candidates for Mohs post-surgery reconstruction include those who have suffered from:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Nonmelanoma skin cancers
- Squamous cell carcinoma
Benefits of Mohs Reconstructive Surgery
Reconstruction after melanoma surgery can be performed on the same day – or – at a later date depending on the location, size, and extent beneath the skin the tumor lies.
When performed post-removal of the tumor on the same day, Mohs reconstructive procedure entails:
- Stitching the wound closed
- Taking skin from another body area for grafting the wound
- Shifting the skin flap from a nearby area to reconstruct the wound
The experience of a skilled plastic surgeon is necessary to perform Mohs reconstructive surgery, post skin cancer removal.
Aesthetics and functionality are important to prominent facial areas affected by cancer:
Choose a Plastic Surgeon Experienced in Mohs Reconstructive Surgery
You must be proactive in choosing a plastic surgeon who is skilled in performing Mohs reconstructive surgery. To receive the outcome you expect, consult with Edwin Austin, MD, at his Salem, OR practice by calling 503-561-7000.