Skin Cancer (Mohs Reconstruction)

What is Mohs Surgery & Reconstruction?

Mohs Surgery
Mohs surgery is a precise surgical technique used to treat skin cancer. The goal during Mohs surgery is to progressively remove as much of the layers of cancer-containing skin, while doing minimal damage to surrounding healthy tissue, until only cancer-free tissue remains.

Mohs Reconstruction
After Mohs surgery, the wound needs to be reconstructed. Drs. Barker & Lantz specialize in the reconstruction of these defects. They would work closely with the Mohs surgeon to ensure a seamless process.

What to Expect

Mohs reconstruction usually takes place on the same day or the day after your Mohs surgery.  The bandage is removed and the wound is examined.  We will then decide what methods are going to provide you the best reconstruction.  We utilize two methods for reconstruction, skin flaps (local excessive tissue) or skin grafts (non-local excessive tissue).  In addition to the skin, cartilage and/or bone may or may not need to be replaced.

If you have any additional questions, feel free to contact our office or send us an email.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Why use a plastic surgeon for Mohs reconstruction?
As we specialize in head and neck, we are skilled in performing Mohs reconstruction procedures.  When any wound is closed, there is a scar.  By using one of our surgeons directly after your Mohs surgery, we can help minimize the scarring.

Who is a candidate for Mohs surgery & reconstruction?
Any patient with skin cancer on the face may benefit from Mohs surgery, as the procedure is used to minimize loss of good tissue while removing cancerous tissue.

Who performs the Mohs surgery?
Typically a specialized dermatologist will perform the Mohs surgery and we will then work with them to perform the correct reconstruction.

How long does Mohs surgery & reconstruction take?
The first part of the procedure, the surgery itself, will generally last longer than a standard excision.  This is due to the nature of the procedure.  It takes extra time to make sure you are only removing the required tissue.  The reconstruction also varies by complexity, but typically lasts around one hour.