Reconstruction after Mohs Surgery

Have you recently undergone Mohs surgery which then left behind unsightly depressions or scars on your skin? At Bourhill Plastic Surgery, we understand how this procedure can damage your self-esteem. Even if Mohs surgery was essential, the after-effects can be devastating. Fortunately, our plastic surgeon will be there to help.

What Is Mohs Surgery?

Mohs surgery is a procedure that is used for the treatment of basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas. The first step in this operation is to remove a sample of the suspectvcells to determine if cancer is present. If this is the case, additional layers of skin will bevremoved until no more cancerous cells can be found.

How Reconstructive Surgery Works

Many different methods can be used for skin reconstruction after Mohs surgery, which include:

  • Direct closures.
  • Skin grafts.
  • Tissue expansion.
  • Flap surgery.

For wounds that have straight edges, Dr. Bourhill may utilize the direct closure methods to offer the best results.

When wounds cover a larger area, skin grafts can be the most beneficial. Skin grafts involve taking skin from another part of your body to cover the area affected by Mohs surgery.

If new tissue is needed to help patients reconstruction, tissue expansion could be the best modality to use. This procedure involves placing a balloon-like apparatus under the skin. The apparatus is then slowly filled with silicone over time to help it expand and allow new skin to grow. When enough new tissue has formed, the expander apparatus will be removed.

Flap surgery is one final method Dr. Bourhill can administer. It involves taking tissues, including fat, skin, blood vessels, and muscles from one area of the body to the wound. This method is similar to skin grafting.

Skin damage caused by life-saving Mohs surgery does not need to last. Our plastic surgeon is well versed in reconstructive surgery and helps restore your appearance to pre-surgery levels. If you’ve recently undergone Mohs surgery, and are looking for what to do next, be sure to contact us.