Upon completion of Mohs surgery, many patients will want and/or need reconstruction in a timely fashion.
Dr. Valerie H. Chen is a board-certified ophthalmologist as well as certified by the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery (ASOPRS), who routinely performs post-Mohs reconstruction surgery. Post-Mohs reconstruction surgery is performed to help patients feel more comfortable about their appearance after the lesion has been removed. Every individual case is unique and requires a talented surgeon with a keen eye for careful reconstruction. Dr. Chen will carefully assess your skin to determine the best course of treatment and then fully explain treatment options and steps so you are comfortable with your plan. This can be done quickly, if necessary, sometimes the same day as the Mohs removal or the following day.
Dr. Chen will determine the plan that best suits your personal situation. One of two types of procedures will be performed:
Depending on the complexity of your procedure Dr. Chen will advise you of the following details:
Here are some general tips to promote a successful procedure:
You will be provided detailed instructions in writing by Dr. Chen and her team prior to your procedure.
Allow yourself time to heal after your surgery. The length of recovery will depend on the type of surgery that is performed. Dr. Chen may prescribe antibiotics to prevent infection. However, if you experience any signs of infection (fever, pain, discharge, etc.), contact us immediately.
Dr. Chen and her team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions in writing. We always have a doctor available 24x7 if you have an urgent issue after hours.
It is important to have realistic expectations for the outcome of your surgery. Dr. Chen will provide detailed information on what to expect and let you know if it may take more than one procedure to achieve your desired results.