Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized procedure for removal of skin cancer from the face or other areas in which, besides the cancer excision, the preservation of non-cancerous tissue is important. The surgery, performed by a dermatologist who is trained in Mohs surgery, may require several steps to ensure complete removal of the tumor.
After removal of the tumor is confirmed through microscopic examination, the skin defect on the face is reconstructed, generally by the Mohs surgeon who performed the excision. On occasion, Dr. Mehta will be consulted to assist in the reconstruction of larger facial defects, particularly large defects involving complex structures, such as the nose.
Dr. Mehta utilizes a multitude of local flaps, skin grafts, and pedicled flaps for reconstruction of these major skin cancer defects. The procedures are generally performed under local anesthesia, occasionally with mild or moderate sedation. The procedures may be done in our in-office procedure room or at a Surgery Center. Sutures are removed 6-7 days after surgery and recovery time is usually minimal. If needed, Dr. Mehta will fine-tune the results using dermabrasion, laser/IPL treatments, or steroid injections to ensure that the incisions heal as well as possible.
Dr. Mehta has tremendous experience in facial reconstruction, having performed hundreds of such cases over the past nine years. He brings a well-trained aesthetic eye and attention to detail to optimize his patients’ outcomes.
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