Mohs surgery is a highly successful treatment for skin cancer, but since the face is one of the areas skin cancer often appears, post-surgical scarring is always a concern. So it’s understandable that patients typically want to know whether or not they will have a scar after Mohs surgery.
What is Mohs surgery?
Mohs surgery is an effective treatment for specific types of lesions caused by basal cell carcinoma (BCC), and squamous cell carcinoma (SCC). BCC and SCC are the most common forms of skin cancer. Mohs surgery was developed in the 1930’s by Frederic E. Mohs, MD.
Will I have a scar after Mohs Surgery?
Mohs surgery is a surgical procedure that is designed to minimize scarring, so while there will be scars after surgery, they are usually very small and fade over time. In cases where the wound is larger and cannot be allowed to heal naturally, reconstructive options such as skin flaps and skin grafts are used to assist with healing.
Post-surgical wound care can help make scars less visible. As a result, patients should closely follow the post-operative instructions of their plastic surgeon, particularly with regards to limiting sun exposure, and caring for the surgical wound.
It can take up to 6 months for the skin to heal completely ater Mohs surgery, so patients should wait for the final result before considering any wound healing procedure.
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