Mohs surgery has revolutionized how skin cancers are removed, sparing far more skin tissue and leaving a smaller scar while removing all cancerous skin cells. Although less skin is removed, the affected area is typically visible and often requires reconstruction to restore a natural look to the nose, lips, eyelids, or other area treated.
What is recovery like?
The recovery time will vary based on the size of the surgical wound and the surgery performed to repair it. When a local flap is used, the recovery takes less time than when skin is harvested for transfer, as there are two different surgical sites that must heal. You will be provided with full aftercare instructions, and Dr. Balinger is focused on performing surgeries that leave minimal scarring – it is a combination of artistry and surgical technique. Over time, the transferred skin fades in color, and the surgical scar fades, with the restored area becoming less and less visible and noticeable.