Mohs micrographic surgery is a procedure that removes skin cancers and preserves healthy skin. It is performed by carefully removing skin cancer from the affected layers of skin without making unnecessary incisions. This results in an overall more successful procedure with better aesthetic results.
If your dermatologist suspects that you have skin cancer, they will perform a biopsy to have the area tested. Mohs surgery may then be recommended depending on the type of skin cancer and its location.
If you are scheduled to have Mohs surgery, these tips can help ensure a comfortable and smooth recovery.
What To Expect During Recovery From Mohs Surgery
Following your procedure, you may be experiencing mild to moderate pain or discomfort. This is typically managed with over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. Sleep and rest are also recommended to relieve stress, improve inflammation, and strengthen the immune system, all important components for your recovery.
You will likely have to keep a bandage over the area, so be sure to change it regularly and keep it clean to prevent infections. Depending on the extent of your procedure, antibiotics may be prescribed.
The initial healing process may last about two weeks, while scarring will continue to fade over the following months. However, you should be able to return to work in about two to four days, depending on the extent of the surgery.
In addition, you should avoid sun exposure and wear high-SPF sunscreen when you are outdoors. Sun exposure can inhibit healing and further damage the skin. Some other precautions you should take include the following:
- Do not wear makeup, creams, oils, or perfumes.
- Do not submerge the wound in swimming pools, tubs, baths, or the ocean.
- Do not participate in strenuous activities.
During regular appointments, your doctor will tell you when you can resume these activities.
Schedule a Consultation
Surgeons for Mohs procedures are highly experienced and specially trained to remove and examine tumors. Georgia Dermatology Partner’s surgeons are board-certified dermatologists and ACGME-accredited in Mohs surgery. Our team will do our best to help you fully recover and provide you with the best outcomes.
If you suspect you have skin cancer, visit Georgia Dermatology Partners today. We can biopsy the area, determine the extent of it, and provide you with a precise plan for your Mohs procedure.
Contact the office today at 770-972-4845 to schedule your appointment. We have convenient locations in Snellville, Braselton, Loganville, and Brookhaven, GA.