Skin Cancer & Mohs Procedure
Significant defects may result following skin cancer excision, including those excised by the dermatologist using Mohs micrographic surgery. Commonly called Mohs procedure, this procedure entails progressive removal and examination of single layers of skin until only cancer-free tissue remains. Following Mohs surgery, many patients require plastic surgical reconstruction of the nose, ear, and face. Reconstruction of these defects is dependent on the site and extent of the defect, but may include the use of flaps or skin grafts. Although any incision through the skin will result in a scar, plastic surgeons are specially trained in techniques to minimize the visibility of a scar.