What is Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is performed by specially trained dermatologists to treat certain skin cancers. In order to save as much skin as possible and make sure that the entire carcinoma is removed, patients are referred for Mohs surgery. This surgery is done in stages. The number of stages required depends on the pathology. Until the margins are completely clear, the Mohs surgeon will have to continue taking layers of skin. Our physicians have vast experience in reconstruction of a multitude of facial defects following skin cancer removal.
What Should I Expect?
After your surgery, you will be sent to our office for evaluation by Dr. Finn or Dr. Elkins-Williams. If we are able to do a repair the same day, we will; if not, you will have a consult with the doctor, and we will schedule you for the near future. Also, many people planning to have Mohs surgery will schedule ahead of time with our office to have Dr. Finn or Dr. Elkins Williams do their repair no matter how small or large the defect may be; they just feel more confident in the hands of a plastic surgeon.
There are several different approaches to repair these defects. During the consultation, all options for repair will be discussed, and we will also show you photos of patients’ surgery sites they have repaired. Some defects do best if allowed to heal on their own. Some defects do best with a relatively simple skin graft. Others do better with local or regional flaps to artistically hide scars and restore facial contours. We will show you your options and results of real patients with similar problems. Rest assured, we will work to give you your best possible result.