In sunny San Diego, Mohs surgery for skin cancer is fairly common. It is considered the optimal treatment for many types of skin cancer. However, appropriate reconstructive surgery is necessary in order to minimize the appearance of the resulting scar. Dr. Victor Chung understands the importance of keeping your face looking its best, and he employs leading-edge reconstruction techniques to improve the aesthetic outcome of Mohs surgery.
If you're ready to start planning your Mohs reconstruction at La Jolla Facial Plastic Surgery, request a consultation online or call (858) 461-0383 and a member of our staff will schedule your appointment.
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Mohs surgery is a highly effective option for treating certain types of skin cancer, with a cure rate of more than 90%. During the procedure, a Mohs-trained dermatologist removes the cancerous lesion as well as layers of the surrounding skin. After each small, careful excision, the surgeon examines the skin under a microscope to check for cancerous cells. Once the excised tissue shows no remaining cancerous cells, the surgery is complete. Although part of the appeal of Mohs surgery is its preservation of as much healthy tissue as possible, patients still require a reconstructive procedure to close the incision and reduce the size of the developing scar.
Dr. Chung is fellowship trained in facial plastic surgery, making him especially attuned to the structures of the face – a common location for Mohs surgery. He understands that scars and other irregularities on the face can cause self-consciousness for men and women of all ages. He uses meticulous surgical techniques to ensure a beautiful, inconspicuous result that lets your best features take center stage.
Mohs reconstruction is typically performed while you are under local anesthesia with sedation, ensuring a faster, more comfortable recuperation. Each reconstruction surgery is completely unique, and Dr. Chung develops a surgical approach based on your individual needs. You know what to anticipate during surgery well in advance of your procedure, as you and Dr. Chung plan surgery together during your pre-op appointments. Most procedures last less than 2 hours, although larger lesions may require more time or multiple procedures.
Mohs reconstruction is an outpatient procedure, which means you'll be able to return home the same day. However, you'll need a friend or family member to drive you home from the clinic and potentially stay with you for several hours while you rest. The specifics of your recuperation depend on the significance of your surgery, but you can anticipate getting back to work within just a few days. During your consultation, you'll discuss exactly what you can anticipate during your recuperation so you can plan accordingly.
The results of your Mohs reconstruction will continue to improve, as your scar will flatten and fade over time. You can minimize scarring by avoiding unprotected sun exposure and refraining from smoking. Both of these activities can worsen the appearance of scars, making them larger or more conspicuous. Dr. Chung gives you a better idea of the results you can anticipate while you work together to plan your surgery.