For patients with carcinomas or skin cancer, removal of the cancerous cells requires MOHS reconstruction. Typically a dermatologist will remove the cancer in small chunks, in order to place each piece under a microscope and determine if it contains cancer. This helps them get all of the cancer, but not the healthy skin surrounding it.
Following MOHS surgery, there is a hole in the skin where the cancer was removed. For larger holes, many dermatologists recommend that a plastic surgeon, such as Dr. Rednam, perform the repair, to ensure the scar is less visible and looks as most natural as possible.
During post MOHS reconstruction, Dr. Rednam will close the wound in the most aesthetic way possible. This sometimes involves moving some of the skin and tissue around to fill in the gaps left by the cancer. This is known as a local flap. She may also take a piece of skin from another area of the body to fill in the gap. This is called a skin graft. There are a variety of flaps such as rotational flaps, transposition flaps, and interpolated flaps.
Each individual is unique and requires different care. At an initial appointment, Dr. Rednam discusses the options with each patient, to determine the treatment plan that is best for them.
Results from this reconstructive procedure are both immediate and progressive. While the wound is closed during surgery, swelling, redness and any scarring takes longer to heal. Patients are asked to refrain from strenuous activity for at least a week, to insure proper recovery. Post MOHS patients can also improve any scarring through silicone treatment such as Biocorneum scar gel.
Schedule Your Consultation
To learn more about post MOHS reconstruction, or to schedule a consultation, email Dr. Rednam’s patient coordinator Stephanie, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (713) 791-0700.