What is Skin Cancer Reconstruction?
Skin Cancer Reconstruction is a cosmetic procedure that, while not always required after Mohs, is a very important follow-up procedure for many patients, and is just as valuable as skin cancer removal. Many patients who have reconstruction surgery feel as though they are fully healed once their skin lesion is repaired since there is no longer the daily reminder of their cancer, allowing them to move on with their normal lives.
Mohs surgery microscopically maps out the path of your skin cancer with precision while removing cancerous cells in the tissue, one layer at a time. With each layer examined, the surrounding areas are checked for cancerous cells until no more cancer cells are detected, but very often, there is a wound left behind.
Although Mohs surgery was created to minimize the risk of scarring and the need for additional plastic surgery, there is a percentage of people who require plastic surgery. Dr. Golger can assess the wound left after skin cancer surgery and determine the best strategy to repair existing skin defects and restore a natural-looking appearance.
Depending on the size of the cancerous lesion, the location, the types of tissues affected, and the depth of its roots, Dr. Golger may utilize one or more of the following techniques for your Scottsdale Skin Cancer Reconstruction: