What is Mohs Surgery Like?
Prior to the procedure, you will meet with our dedicated Mohs Surgeon, Suzanne Mosher, to discuss your skin cancer, what to expect during treatment, and post surgery course. The surgery takes place in our state-of-the-art facility. During the Mohs process, your skin will be numbed with lidocaine anesthetic to prevent discomfort.
After the area is prepped with antiseptic and local anesthesia, a small section of skin approximately 1/16th inch in diameter will be removed using a scalpel under magnification. Dr. Mosher then examines the sample to make sure she has completely removed the cancer. She may take an additional layer of skin to remove cancer cells surrounding the edge of the incision. Typically, it takes 1-3 rounds to remove all of the cancerous tissue. Dr. Mosher will then use her surgical expertise to reconstruct the area to achieve the best cosmetic result possible.
Is There Any Recovery Time After Mohs Surgery?
Some recovery time is necessary. Dr. Mosher will give you instructions for what to do at home following your procedure, typically including:
- Keeping the wound clean and covered with a dressing
- Staying out of direct sunlight
- Applying ice packs to reduce bruising and swelling
- Taking pain medications as needed.
What Results Can I Expect After Mohs Surgery?
After your Mohs procedure, you can expect to notice changes in the wound over the next several weeks to months. The areas around the original wound may appear darker or slightly raised from your normal skin tone; however, this should resolve over time. Even after it has healed completely, you will likely have some subtle scarring where your procedure was performed.. The latter can take between 6-12 months to fully mature.