Removing skin cancer with Mohs surgery can be a lifesaving procedure. Unfortunately, it can sometimes leave behind damaged skin tissue. Restoring your skin is possible with post-Mohs skin cancer reconstruction surgery. Our Kansas City and Overland Park locations offer this important service to people who have skin defects caused by Mohs surgery.
Our board-certified plastic surgeon can help you achieve an optimal cosmetic result. To request a consultation, call 913-588-1227. You can also request an appointment online. We frequently see people from Overland Park, Kansas City and beyond for post-Mohs skin cancer reconstruction surgery.
About post-Mohs skin cancer reconstruction surgery
After skin cancer removal, there is often a wound left behind. Post-Mohs skin cancer reconstruction surgery restores both the look and function of your skin after Mohs surgery.
This important procedure is just as valuable as removing the cancer. Many of our clients who have reconstruction surgery feel as though they are fully healed once their lesion is repaired. Without the daily reminder of their cancer, they can move on with their normal lives.
Types of reconstruction
There are 4 approaches to skin cancer reconstruction:
- Primary closure
Individuals who have very minor defects can often benefit from this approach. Primary closure includes letting the skin heal on its own or using sutures to assist with healing.
- Local flap closure
Larger, deeper wounds that are close to an area of the body where extra, healthy tissue is present can be corrected with a local flap closure. This technique uses the skin and tissue surrounding the lesion to close it.
- Skin grafting
A skin graft uses a piece of healthy skin from the body to cover the damaged tissue like a bandage would. Skin grafts are recommended for superficial lesions or those lesions that can’t be pulled together with a flap closure.
- Structural grafting
Cancer that has affected an area with underlying cartilage may require structural grafting. This is common in people who have cancer removed from the ear or nose.
Deciding which type of reconstruction surgery is right for you will depend on the severity and location of your wound and your cosmetic goals.
Who can benefit?
Anyone who has had Mohs surgery or is planning to have Mohs surgery and wants to improve the look of skin damage can benefit from post-Mohs reconstruction surgery. Usually, healthy individuals who don’t smoke are good candidates.
We often see people who have had skin cancer surgery for:
- Basal cell carcinoma
- Squamous cell carcinoma
- Other non-melanoma skin cancers
What to expect
Your surgeon will meet with you beforehand to go over the details of your surgery. They will discuss your surgical plan as well as what you can expect during recovery. Please feel free to ask any remaining questions during this time. You will then be asked to sign a consent form.
Your procedure may be performed in-office or at the hospital, depending on the degree of damage. Similarly, some people may only need light sedation to correct minor defects while those with more complex skin damage may need general anesthetic.
Surgery could take anywhere from 30 minutes to a few hours depending on how much repair is needed. Once your surgery is complete, you will be given instructions on how to care for your skin when you return home. You may also be given pain medication for comfort and/or antibiotics to prevent infection.
Some types of post-Mohs reconstruction surgeries require multiple stages. If this is the case, you may need to come back in a few weeks for another procedure. This will help you get the best cosmetic effect. Your surgeon can tell you if another surgery is needed.