RECONSTRUCTIVE SURGERY
MOHS SURGERY
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Mohs Surgery
Houston, TX

When one is diagnosed with skin cancer, the main focus is to get rid of the lesions and minimize the chance of recurrence. This is particularly the case with patients who have Mohs surgery. However, once the cancer treatment is completed, many patients feel extremely self-conscious about their appearance.

Mohs reconstruction plastic surgery provides closure by ensuring that patients have an aesthetic appearance that they are happy with. This makes it possible to leave the cancer behind, improve your self-esteem, and increase your quality of life.

Houston, TX plastic surgeon Dr. Christopher Balinger offers Mohs reconstruction surgery to patients in Houston, Conroe, and surrounding Texas communities. Over the years, he has helped countless patients feel whole again after Mohs cancer treatment. Dr. Christopher works with a team of experienced clinicians and goes out of his way to make sure that each patient is comfortable, safe, and happy with their procedure outcome. He uses state of the art equipment and advanced surgical methods to achieve the best result while minimizing the risk of complications.

Types of Reconstruction

Dr. Balinger performs several types of Mohs reconstructive procedures to suit the needs of different patients.

Local Flaps

This Mohs reconstructive surgery technique entails using local tissue flaps to close the wound on the cancer treatment site. This procedure is typically a good fit in cases where the wound is small enough to be corrected by stretching skin in the surrounding area. Local fap reconstruction needs to be completed a few days after Mohs surgery in order to ensure the best outcome.

Skin Grafts

In many cases, the missing tissue (after Mohs surgery) is too large to be treated using a local tissue flap. In this case, the surgeon will need to borrow skin from other parts of the body (donor areas). Just like with a local flap, this procedure needs to be performed a few days after Mohs surgery.

Staged Approach

Mohs reconstruction surgery can also be performed as a staged procedure. The surgeon will place a tissue expander in an area such as the forehead to create extra healthy skin that will then be used to cover the treatment area. Once enough skin has grown, it will be relocated to the wound area in order to create a natural result.
Dr. Balinger knows that the needs of each patient are unique. The surgeon will examine your defects and problem areas and discuss a personalized treatment plan to suit your needs.

Your Surgical Experience

Dr. Balinger will start your procedure by assessing potential donor sites where heavy skin can be extracted with minimal loss of function. Once this is done, the treatment will be administered based on the selected approach. The surgeon takes extra care to keep incisions (and thus scars) at a minimum. Following the completion of the surgery, both the treatment area and the donor site will be covered to aid healing. Since Mohs reconstruction surgery is an outpatient treatment, you can expect to go home on the same day as the procedure.

Recovery After a Mohs Reconstruction Surgery

Recovery after Mohs reconstruction varies from one patient to the other based on the extensiveness of the surgery. Dr. Balinger will be sure to detail what you may expect in recovery. It is important to adhere to the surgeon’s post-operative instructions and attend follow-up appointments in order to monitor healing. Let the surgeon know if you notice anything unusual during recovery.

Plan Your Mohs Reconstruction in Houston TX

The cost of a Mohs reconstruction can vary dramatically based on the specifics of the surgery. This procedure may be covered by your health insurance provider. When you visit Dr. Balinger’s office, the surgeon will provide more info and generate a cost estimate based on a personalized treatment plan developed for you. The surgeon may also have financing options for patients from Houston, Conroe, and surrounding TX areas.

Meet the Surgeon

Christopher Balinger, MD, brings keen professionalism to the operating table. With each patient, the surgeon creates a highly customized plan to achieve the desired procedure outcome while working to eliminate or minimize the risk of scarring and other side effects. A board-certified plastic surgeon, Dr. Balinger is uniquely skilled to perform this treatment and a host of other cosmetic surgeries. He works with a team of highly qualified support staff who are committed to the safety and well being of their patients. If you are looking for the best plastic surgeon in Houston for Mohs reconstruction, get in touch with Dr. Balinger’s office today.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr. Balinger

The first step towards a successful Mohs reconstruction surgery is to attend a consultation at Dr. Balinger’s Houston office. The surgeon will listen to your concerns, study your medical history, and discuss the goals, alternatives, and potential risks and benefits of each procedure approach. Once the surgeon has determined the best course of treatment, the surgery will be scheduled at an appropriate date for the best outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions

What is Mohs reconstructive surgery?

Mohs reconstruction surgery is a type of plastic surgery that may be recommended after the Mohs technique is used to remove skin cancer. Mohs surgery involves removing thin layers of skin until the surgeon reaches skin that has no cancer cells. While effective for removing skin cancer, the technique may leave a large wound in the skin. Mohs reconstruction surgery reduces scarring and preserves the function and aesthetics of the area.

How much does Mohs reconstructive surgery cost?

Dr. Balinger develops an individualized treatment plan during your consultation that we use to determine your cost. We offer free initial consultations at our offices in Houston and Conroe, as well as financing options for our patients.

What are the benefits of Mohs reconstructive surgery?

Mohs reconstruction surgery helps with any scarring that stems from your Mohs skin cancer procedure, or it may be the best option for closing the wound after the procedure. Dr. Balinger uses techniques that preserve the function and aesthetics of the area.

How is Mohs reconstructive surgery performed?

Some of the techniques that Dr. Balinger may use for your Mohs reconstruction are:

  • Bone, skin and cartilage grafts
  • Tissue expansion
  • Tissues flaps that involves using donor tissue from another area of the body to cover the wound

Depending on the complexity of the procedure, Dr. Balinger may opt for local, intravenous (IV), or general anesthesia. If the skin cancer has not been removed, Dr. Balinger will use Mohs surgery or excision to remove the lesion. He will then use reconstruction techniques to close the wound with consideration for how the area will look once you heal.

What is recovery like after Mohs reconstructive surgery?

We will provide detailed instructions about aftercare and recovery at the time of your Mohs reconstruction surgery. We advise our patients to have someone stay with you for the first seven to 10 days to help with any daily needs.

How long will Mohs reconstructive surgery results last?

The results of your Mohs reconstruction surgery are permanent. Dr. Balinger schedules periodic appointments to monitor your healing and determine if any secondary surgeries are needed to refine the results.

Mohs surgery is an effective way to treat skin cancer, yet it may leave a large, significant wound. Mohs reconstruction surgery helps with these types of wounds. Dr. Christopher Balinger offers Mohs reconstruction surgery for men and women in Houston, Conroe, and the nearby communities in Texas. Contact us today to schedule a free Mohs reconstruction surgery consultation at our office in Houston or our office in Conroe.