Another benefits of Mohs micrographic surgery is the ability to reduce surgery scars. The healing is done over the course of time after the area is stitched up following the procedure. Bay area patients who have had Mohs micrographic surgery will have minor scarring depending on how large the treatment area is. However, it causes much less scarring than traditional methods of excision used to areas of concern.
There are many methods available for patients who need to reconstruct the treatment area afterwards. If Mohs micrographic surgery is performed on places such as the face or other visible areas, patients will want to consider ways of dealing with the scars left behind. Some options available for reconstruction include:
- Granulation (local wound care and allowing natural healing)
- Grafting (harvesting skin from elsewhere on the body to cover scarring)
- Flat closure
- Tissue expansion
Our practice encourages patients to be proactive about skin cancer by booking annual skin cancer screenings. This is the perfect time to catch problems early enough for appropriate intervention to keep the cancer from spreading and becoming larger and more problematic.
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