If there’s an area on your skin that appears abnormal or that has appeared to change in the way that it looks, it could be skin cancer. A doctor can perform tests to determine if the area is cancer before surgery is performed to remove the cells and the surrounding tissue. The type of procedure used for skin cancer is usually Mohs reconstruction surgery, and for good reason. The surgery is usually very effective in removing cancer that is present. It’s also beneficial in preventing it from spreading since the surrounding skin and tissue are removed.
When you arrive for your Mohs reconstruction surgery appointment, our caring team will make sure to welcome you. Although you won’t be put under general anesthesia, you’ll be comfortable during the procedure so that you don’t feel anything that the doctor is doing.
The first step is examining the area where the biopsy was performed to ensure that the skin is healthy. You’ll be positioned so that you’re comfortable and so that the doctor can easily access the area for removal. The doctor will access the region that will need to be removed. It’s normal to feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure.
Once you’ve been made comfortable, the doctor will begin removing the skin cancer layer by layer. This allows the doctor to better view the cells that are beneath the surface to determine if more cells need to be removed. After the initial layer is removed, it’s taken to an area where it will be examined while you wait. If there are more cancer cells, then they will be removed before you leave. Sections are examined and removed as needed until all of the cancer is removed.
Skin cancer is never to be taken lightly. If you suspect you may have it, or if you have a spot of concern and you want to know about your treatment options, it’s important to seek treatment. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sule and the expert team at Sule Facial Plastic Surgery Clinic so that we can determine the best method of skin cancer surgery for the area of concern. Oftentimes, Mohs reconstruction surgery is the best plan of action, as it has such a high success rate and low risk of complications.