New Skin Cancer Surgical Procedure Reduces Facial Scarring

Mohs surgery has been proven effective for reducing facial scarring after skin cancer surgery, and is quickly becoming the preferred surgery of choice at several cosmetic surgery and dermatology offices around the United States.

Many plastic surgeons, cosmetic surgeons and dermatologist perform this type of surgery when investigating suspicious moles or tumors to determine if they are cancerous, and the procedure can effectively reduce the risk of extensive scarring.

The surgery involves removing the tumor plus a small amount of skin around the edges. The skin mass can then be cut into several slices and placed on slides for examination. With Mohs surgery, the surgeon is able to remove the entire tumor with less skin around the edges, compared to other procedures. This means that the physician is able to remove extensive tumors around the lips, eyelids, nose, ears and other facial regions without causing excessive scars.

The procedure can be performed under mild sedation, and the skin grows back relatively quickly after the treatment. Mohs surgery has one of the highest success rates for basal cell carcinomas, and is best used to treat skin cancer on the face because it allows the physician to cut deeply into the tissue planes beneath the skin’s surface. Mohs surgery effectively removes the “roots” of the tumor or mole, and most surgeries can be performed in a single day. In most cases, the removal and preparation of the tissue takes approximately one to two hours for each layer of skin.

After the surgery is complete, the skin needs to heal for several months before any other types of skin rejuvenation procedures can be performed. Some patients may benefit from microdermabrasion and other facial rejuvenation procedures after the healing process is complete, as these procedures can help to eliminate and reduce any remaining scars, and create a smooth, contoured appearance.

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