A skin cancer diagnosis can be alarming, but modern treatments are more advanced than ever. Mohs surgery is a highly effective and popular option.
What Is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is the gold standard in skin cancer treatment. It has a 99% five-year cure rate for the most common type of skin cancer, basal cell carcinoma. During the procedure, your provider will remove thin layers of tissue and analyze them until no cancerous cells remain. This advanced technique spares as much healthy tissue as possible for better aesthetic results.
Types of Mohs Surgery Reconstruction
Reconstruction is typically performed on the same day as your Mohs surgery, but it might be done later if your provider chooses healing by granulation (allowing the wound to heal on its own). If your skin cancer lesion is in a highly visible area like the face, you might be referred to a reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Foster to minimize scarring.
Benefits of Mohs Surgery Reconstruction
Mohs surgery only removes as much tissue as is necessary, but you might still need reconstruction to achieve the aesthetic results you want. Choosing a board-certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon like Dr. Foster is the best way to make your skin look much like it did before skin cancer.
For many patients, a noticeable scar on the face or other areas of the body is a distressing reminder of having skin cancer. Reconstruction can minimize the appearance of scarring or uneven skin texture and allow you to move on with your happy, healthy life.
Risks of Mohs Surgery Reconstruction
All surgeries carry some risk of bleeding and infection. In rare cases, nerve damage, scarring, or skin grafting that doesn’t “take” is possible. These risks are significantly minimized by seeing a board-certified surgeon with extensive experience in Mohs reconstruction like Dr. Foster.
Schedule Your Skin Cancer Reconstruction Consultation
Whether you’re interested in meeting with Dr. Foster before your Mohs surgery or you want to correct an undesirable cosmetic outcome, schedule a consultation at our Toms River, New Jersey practice by calling 732-914-2233. At Ear, Nose & Throat of New Jersey, we love helping our patients say goodbye to unwelcome reminders of skin cancer and look just as healthy as they feel.