Learn more about our skin cancer reconstruction surgery at SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach, VA.
Patients in Virginia Beach consider Mohs Surgery to remove skin cancer from their faces and bodies. Named after Dr. Frederic Mohs, who invented the technique in the 1930s—today, this surgery is used to treat a variety of skin cancers such as basal cell carcinoma (BBC), squamous cell carcinoma (SCC), and some melanomas—one of the deadliest forms of skin cancer. A specialized dermatologist will perform the Mohs procedure to remove the skin cancer. After removal, one of the surgeons at SJ Plastic Surgery will perform a reconstruction procedure to address the excision site. Learn more about reconstruction after Mohs by scheduling a consultation.
Mohs or micrographic surgery is a specific procedure designed to excise cancer cells in layers so your dermatologist can determine if cancer cells remain. The process continues until no cancerous cells are detected.
Reconstructive surgery by a plastic surgeon may be needed depending on your tumor and its depth, size, location, and type of tumor. Our surgeons at SJ Plastic Surgery routinely perform facial reconstruction after Mohs simultaneously.
There are several benefits of Mohs reconstruction, including offering same-day testing, a cure rate of up to 99 percent for untreated skin cancers, taking less healthy tissue, and leaving a smaller scar. These and other benefits make Mohs an ideal option for patients battling cancerous tumors of the skin. You can book a consultation with one of our surgeons at SJ Plastic Surgery to know if you are a good candidate for Mohs reconstruction. Your doctor will educate you and confirm if your face needs Mohs reconstruction.
After your Mohs procedure, you will be evaluated. A large majority of the time, the reconstruction can be performed with you awake using local anesthesia. While the surgery is not painful, some patients feel the anesthesia injection is uncomfortable. The entire procedure takes about 15 minutes to an hour.
You may experience swelling, bruising, and some tenderness in the next few days. Most patients take several days off of work to rest and heal. It is important to follow post-procedure instructions for cleaning your face and keeping the wound clean. Once your skin cancer is removed, it is permanently gone. Mohs has the highest cure rate compared to other surgical cancer approaches.
Our surgeons offer compassionate and empathic care throughout your reconstruction process. Consider Mohs Reconstruction if you are ready to remove the skin affected by skin cancer from your face. You can book a consultation with your doctor today at SJ Plastic Surgery to learn more about the procedures and other reconstruction cosmetic surgeries.
Mohs Reconstruction is an effective and safe procedure. Most patients experience minimal pain during surgery or in recovery.
Although Mohs reconstruction is safe, it comes with possible risks, such as infection, bleeding, and poor healing. However, following the doctor's instructions will help to minimize these risks.
Mohs reconstruction is a medical procedure and costs will go through your insurance.
It is recommended to have a friend or family member drive you home after your procedure. Most patients can drive because they were only administered a local anesthetic. However, if you require additional reconstruction procedures and are under general anesthesia, it will be necessary to have assistance getting home.
SJ Plastic Surgery in Virginia Beach & Chesapeake
At SJ Plastic Surgery, we believe in treating each patient as though they are family. Our years of training and experience in cosmetic and reconstructive surgery are at your service. Schedule a consultation today to learn more about Virginia Beach Plastic Surgery at SJ Plastic Surgery Clinic.