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MOHS Reconstruction Surgery Bellevue

MOHS Reconstruction Surgery Bellevue

Skin cancer is one of the most common types of cancer. Fortunately, it has a high cure rate, especially if it’s caught early. MOHS skin cancer excision is one of the most effective skin cancer treatments and is often performed on patients with basal cell carcinomas (BCCs) and squamous cell carcinomas (SCCs). At Pacific Sound Plastic Surgery, we recognize the devastating impact skin cancer can have on one’s health and self-esteem. Therefore, we are thrilled to be able to offer MOHS reconstruction surgery to men and women in the Seattle area, allowing them to regain their confidence and feel comfortable in their skin once again.

What is MOHS Reconstruction?

Also known as micrographic surgery, MOHS surgery is performed to thoroughly remove cancerous skin cells without causing extensive damage to the surrounding tissues. After this treatment, MOHS reconstruction can help restore the area that has been treated. It usually uses skin grafts to close or fill in areas that were removed during MOHS surgery. MOHS reconstruction may be performed on the forehead, ears, neck, nose, face, and anywhere else that was impacted by the skin cancer removal.

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Good Candidates for MOHS Reconstruction

You might be a good candidate for MOHS reconstruction surgery if you:

  • Have visible deformities or scars from MOHS surgery.
  • Are bothered by atypical facial malignancies.
  • Would like to feel more confident following skin cancer treatment.
  • Don’t have any infections.
  • Are free from cancer and in a good mental state.

Benefits of MOHS Reconstruction Surgery

MOHS reconstruction can lead to a natural, aesthetically pleasing appearance post-MOHS surgery. It’s a safe, reliable way to restore your self-esteem and confidence after you treat a skin cancer condition. Compared to other plastic reconstructive surgeries, MOHS reconstruction is much safer and offers a much shorter recovery time. In addition, it involves a very precise technique that can be used to treat delicate areas on the face and body.

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What to Expect During MOHS Reconstruction Surgery

The method our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Day will use to perform your MOHS reconstruction will depend on your unique situation. In general, however, you can expect him to administer local anesthesia and close the areas that were removed during MOHS surgery with a local flap or skin graft. His unparalleled expertise will allow him to smoothly blend the skin with the surrounding area to achieve the most natural results. Once Dr. Day closes the incisions, he may apply dressings and bandages to aid with the healing process. 

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Recovering From MOHS Reconstruction

Following MOHS reconstruction, a friend or family member should drive you home. Dr. Day will recommend that you keep your surgical site clean and dry for at least three days after the surgery. You’ll need to apply topical ointment and ice packs to prevent swelling and infection.

You should also limit bending down and lifting as these activities can strain stitches. It’s essential that you attend all follow up appointments to monitor the progress of your recovery and address any questions or concerns you may have. 

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Frequently Asked Questions About MOHS Reconstruction Surgery

The length of Mohs reconstruction varies and is based on the condition of your skin and particular aesthetic goals. It may take a short time or up to four hours or even longer. Dr. Day will give you an accurate timeline during your consultation. 

Pain is part of MOHS reconstruction. The severity will be based on your pain tolerance and customized procedure. Dr. Day will prescribe pain medications to help ease pain and discomfort in the days and weeks following the surgery. 

In some cases, Mohs reconstruction is performed in conjunction with another skin repair procedure to ensure optimal results. This may be scar revision, dermabrasion, laser treatments, or skin resurfacing and will be discussed prior to surgery. 

Most patients can return to work within a week of their procedure. However, depending on the size of the treated area, it can take anywhere from four to six weeks for the wound to completely heal.

Insurance may pay for part of or all of a Mohs reconstruction surgery. We’ll work with your insurance company to figure out what’s possible in your particular situation.