Mohs surgery is a minimally invasive procedure that offers patients the best chance of returning to normal life after a skin cancer diagnosis. This procedure involves the complete removal of all malignant cells and can often produce a sizable wound. So, naturally, recovery and cosmetic results are two of the biggest areas of concern for patients when they are advised to under a Mohs procedure.
Dr. Malena M. Amato works alongside Mohs cancer surgeons who remove the eyelid cancer while Dr. Amato performs reconstructive surgery. Dr. Amato has performed countless treatments of the eyelids as a board-certified eyelid & facial plastic surgeon, so you can rest assured knowing that your results are in great hands. Here are a few recovery tips to ensure that your results last.
What Is MOHS Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery, or simply called “Mohs surgery,” is a technique that entails cutting away skin tumors or cancerous skin cells thin layers at a time until it is completely removed. It is the gold standard of treatments for skin cancer because of its high cure rates and ability to preserve the highest volume of healthy skin. Therefore, it is best for lesions on the eyelids, nose, lips, ears, fingers, and toes.
What Can You Expect When Undergoing Mohs Surgery?
At the start of your procedure, the Mohs surgeons will mark the site, clean it, and inject local anesthesia. Once the area is numb, the surgeon will scrape off the bulk of the tumor and then cut out the remaining first layer of cancerous tissue. Once the cancerous tissue is thoroughly removed, Dr. Amato will come in if reconstructive surgery is required. Reconstructive surgery is generally performed to improve eye function after eyelid surgery, but it can also be done for aesthetic purposes as well.
Tips For Recovering After Mohs and Reconstructive Surgery
Proper wound care and following the explicit instructions of your Mohs surgeon and Dr. Amato can prevent complications from occurring. Your surgeon will teach you how to treat your surgical wound at home.
Here are just a few tips to help your recovery go as smooth as possible:
- Clean the wound gently with water and a mild soap at least 24 hours after your procedure.
- Apply an antimicrobial solution before dressing the wound again.
- Protect and evaluate the area before and after you sleep.
- Avoid applying makeup or harsh chemicals on the wound site until it fully closes.
- Refrain from strenuous activity for the first 1 to 2 weeks after your Mohs and reconstructive procedure. This will help to avoid post-operative wound reopening.
- Protect the area when outside with clothing like a hat or mask to help prevent scarring.
Learn More About Mohs Surgery and Reconstructive Surgery Today
If you suspect that you have eyelid or skin cancer, the most important thing that you can do is have it looked at by a dermatologist or ophthalmologist to get treatment started right away. They will help you decide whether reconstructive surgery is something that will help you put the skin cancer behind you.