Since skin cancer is most commonly found on the face and nose, surgeries to remove cancerous tumors from the face are relatively common. Mohs reconstruction is an advanced procedure that is designed to correct abnormalities and issues with functionality after a skin cancer tumor is removed. While Mohs reconstruction can have a positive effect on the overall appearance of the face, it is specifically designed to address issues with functionality following skin cancer removal. Depending on the size of the defect, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Matthew Malamet uses a wide range of advanced techniques, including Mohs reconstruction, allowing for functional and aesthetic reconstruction.
The Mohs Reconstruction Procedure
Mohs reconstruction surgery is a highly individualized procedure designed to repair functional and aesthetic attributes of the face. Mohs reconstruction surgery takes into account different factors that can vary from patient to patient including location, amount, and type of tissues affected during skin cancer removal. Each of these elements will impact how Dr. Malamet will approach the procedure. Common techniques that are often performed as part of a Mohs reconstruction surgery are flap techniques, bone grafting, cartilage grafting, tissue expansion, and skin grafts. Depending on the amount of correction necessary, Dr. Malamet may use any or all of these techniques to restore a more natural function and appearance.
Mohs Reconstruction Key Facts:
- Anesthesia: Topical Numbing Agent, Local Anesthetic
- Length of Procedure: 30 Minutes-2 Hours
- Length of Stay: Patients generally return home shortly after the procedure
- Discomfort: Some minor swelling, bruising and discomfort
- Anticipate: Minor swelling and bruising may persist for a couple weeks, but daily activities can be resumed within a few days
- Final Results: Visible once swelling and bruising subside
- Duration of Results: Lasting
Mohs Reconstruction Results
The results from Mohs reconstruction will vary from patient to patient, but every patient should experience improvement in functionality and appearance. Depending on the amount of correction necessary, Dr. Matthew Malamet uses every option available to ensure the very best results are achieved from Mohs reconstruction surgery.
If you would like to learn more about Mohs reconstruction surgery and the effects that it can have on facial appearance and function following skin cancer removal, schedule a consultation with Dr. Matthew Malamet. He meets with each patient individually to address any questions or concerns that may come up prior to the actual procedure.