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.