Mohs Surgery Repair
Also known as Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS), Mohs surgery is a highly effective skin cancer treatment, particularly for removal of basal cell carcinoma (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinoma (SCCs). With the help of Mohs surgery, men and women diagnosed with skin cancer can be treated quickly and effectively without sacrificing the appearance of their skin. The Mohs procedure is typically done by a board-certified dermatologist.
Board-certified plastic surgeons Dr. Jennifer Harrington, Dr. Tracy Kayan and Dr. Stephanie Peng take great pride in their skillful skin closure after Mohs surgery. During your consultation, your surgeon will take the time to discuss the details of the procedure with you, addressing your options and concerns so you can feel comfortable moving forward.
Harrington + Associates Plastic Surgery has helped men and women from Minneapolis and the surrounding area heal more naturally after Mohs surgery. Contact us online or call our Plymouth office today at 651-290-7600 for more information about Mohs surgery closure, including pricing.
Mohs Surgery Coverage
Because Mohs surgery is considered to be a medically necessary procedure for anyone with a skin cancer diagnosis who is a good candidate, most health insurance providers will cover most or all of the costs wound closure. Your surgeon and her staff can work with you to determine whether your case meets the criteria set out by your insurance plan.
Your Skin Cancer Treatment
Mohs surgery wound closure is a same-day procedure. Mohs skin closure may be performed under local anesthesia, sedation or general anesthesia, depending on the individual case. Your procedure will be performed in a licensed surgery center. You should plan to arrive at the surgery center 1 hour before your treatment start time and stay for 1 hour after your treatment is finished. If you were put under general anesthesia, an adult will need to drive you home, and someone should plan to stay with you for at least 24 hours after your skin cancer surgery.
Depending on your aesthetic concerns, your surgeon may recommend treatments to minimize the appearance of scarring. After your scar from Mohs surgery heals, you may wish to use injectable fillers to fill in the depressed area or SkinPen® treatments to encourage the regeneration of healthy skin cells.
Mohs Surgery Recovery
The length of recovery from skin cancer treatment depends on the extent of your surgery and how your body responds to the procedure. Many people only take a few days away from work, while those whose cancer was in a particularly conspicuous location may wish to take more time away so their incision can heal. Some bruising and soreness is to be expected and should subside over the coming weeks. Your surgeon may ask you to wear a bandage over the wound for 1 to 2 weeks after your Mohs surgery. She also might recommend a topical treatment to use for the first weeks or months of your healing process.
Some people experience some lumpiness or bumps in the surgical site for 3 to 5 weeks after getting Mohs surgery due to sutures or tissue redundancy. However, this should smooth out on its own as your body heals. Scars typically take 6 to 12 months to mature, and some people report that their scars continue to diminish over the next couple of years. Your surgeon and her staff can advise you on the best scar care for the most discreet results.
Mohs surgery is the most effective method of fully treating skin cancer while maintaining the appearance of the surrounding skin. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact us online or call our Plymouth office at 651-290-7600 to schedule your skin cancer treatment consultation and learn more about how to love and care for your natural appearance.