Moh's Reconstructive Surgery


Moh's reconstructive surgery is a specialized surgical procedure performed to repair defects in the skin after the removal of skin cancer using Mohs micrographic surgery. This technique is primarily used for skin cancers located in areas that require meticulous reconstruction to preserve both function and aesthetics.

What is Moh's Reconstructive Surgery?

Moh's reconstructive surgery involves the following steps:

· The skin cancer is initially removed using Mohs micrographic surgery, which ensures precise removal of the cancerous tissue while sparing healthy tissue.

· After the cancer is completely removed, Dr. Okland assesses the defect left behind and plans the reconstruction.

· Various techniques can be employed for reconstruction, including direct closure (suturing the wound), skin grafts (using skin from another area of the body), or local tissue flaps (repositioning nearby healthy tissue to cover the defect).

· The choice of technique depends on the size and location of the defect, as well as the patient's individual factors and cosmetic goals.

· Dr. Okland carefully reconstructs the area, paying close attention to preserving function, maintaining symmetry, and achieving optimal aesthetic outcomes.

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How does Moh's Reconstructive Surgery work?

Moh's reconstructive surgery involves reconstructing defects made by Moh’s Dermatologists to remove skin cancer. Techniques to reconstruct these defects include various techniques to restore the appearance and functionality of the affected area. The procedure aims to achieve optimal cosmetic results while ensuring the best possible outcomes in terms of wound healing and long-term health.

What are the Benefits of Moh's Reconstructive Surgery?

Customized reconstruction

Each patient's reconstructive needs are unique, and Moh's reconstructive surgery offers individualized reconstruction plans tailored to the specific defect and desired cosmetic outcomes. This personalized approach helps achieve optimal functional and aesthetic results.

Improved wound healing

The meticulous techniques used in Moh's reconstructive surgery promote better wound healing and minimize the risk of complications such as infection, scarring, or tissue contracture. This contributes to faster recovery and improved overall results.

Restored function and appearance

Moh's reconstructive surgery not only focuses on cancer removal but also aims to restore the functionality and natural appearance of the treated area. Whether it's facial features, contour, or symmetry, the procedure helps patients regain confidence and a sense of normalcy.

Comprehensive care

Moh's reconstructive surgery involves a multidisciplinary approach, combining the expertise of Mohs surgeons and reconstructive surgeons. This collaborative effort ensures comprehensive care, addressing both the cancer removal and the subsequent reconstruction needs, resulting in the best possible outcomes for patients.

Procedure Timeline

INITIAL CONSULTATION: During this first appointment, Dr. Okland will assess your condition, review your medical history, and discuss the treatment options available to you. They will explain the Mohs reconstructive surgery process, answer any questions you may have, and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs.

MOH'S SURGERY: The Mohs surgery itself is typically performed as an outpatient procedure under local anesthesia. The dermatologist will remove thin layers of tissue one at a time, examine them under a microscope, and continue this process until all cancer cells are eliminated. The duration of the Mohs surgery can vary depending on the size and complexity of the cancerous area.

RECONSTRUCTION PLANNING: Once the cancer is completely removed, Dr. Okland will assess the defect created and discuss the options for reconstruction. This may involve closing the wound with sutures, using skin grafts or flaps, or other specialized techniques. The reconstruction plan will be tailored to your specific needs and desired cosmetic outcomes.

RECONSTUCTION SURGERY: The reconstruction surgery is typically scheduled after the Mohs surgery, once the surgical defect is well-defined. This procedure can vary in complexity and may require more extensive surgery and anesthesia compared to the Mohs surgery itself. The duration of the reconstruction surgery will depend on the specific techniques used and the extent of the reconstruction required.

Oftentimes the reconstructive surgery for larger defects is staged, meaning the repair requires several discreet surgical procedures to ensure optimal cosmetic outcomes. Examples of staged procedures include paramedian forehead flaps and melolabial flaps.

RECOVERY AND FOLLOW-UP: After the surgery, you will be given instructions on how to care for the surgical site and manage any discomfort. It's essential to follow these instructions diligently to promote proper healing. You will have follow-up appointments with Dr. Okland to monitor your progress, remove stitches if necessary, and address any concerns or questions you may have.

If the reconstructive surgery is staged, the subsequent stages of surgery are generally performed at 3 week intervals.


Frequently Asked Questions?

If you have undergone Mohs surgery to remove skin cancer and require reconstruction, you may be a candidate for Mohs reconstructive surgery. The suitability for the procedure will be assessed during a consultation with our experienced surgeons.
The recovery process can vary depending on the extent and complexity of the reconstruction. It typically involves a healing period of several weeks, during which you may experience some swelling, bruising, and discomfort. Our team will provide you with detailed post-operative instructions to help facilitate a smooth recovery.
Every surgical procedure involves some degree of scarring. However, Dr. Okland utilizes advanced techniques to minimize scarring and aim for the most inconspicuous and natural-looking results possible. Over time, scars tend to fade and become less noticeable.
As with any surgical procedure, there are potential risks and complications, including infection, bleeding, poor wound healing, and adverse reactions to anesthesia. However, our experienced surgeons take necessary precautions to minimize these risks and provide thorough pre- and post-operative care to ensure your safety and well-being.
The number of surgeries required for reconstruction will depend on the complexity of your case and the extent of the reconstruction needed. Dr. Okland will evaluate your specific needs and develop a comprehensive treatment plan, which may include one or multiple procedures to achieve the desired outcome.
Insurance coverage for Mohs reconstructive surgery varies depending on your insurance plan and the specific details of your case. Our team can assist you in navigating the insurance process and provide information regarding coverage and potential out-of-pocket costs.

Why choose Dr. Okland for Moh's Reconstructive Surgery?

Expertise and Experience

Dr. Okland is a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon specializing in Mohs reconstructive surgery. He has extensive expertise and experience in treating various types of skin cancer and performing reconstructive procedures. We have a proven track record of delivering successful outcomes and ensuring patient safety.

Personalized Approach

We understand that each patient's condition is unique, and we take a personalized approach to your care. Dr. Okland will carefully evaluate your specific needs, listen to your concerns, and develop a treatment plan tailored to your individual situation. We strive to achieve the best possible cosmetic and functional results while considering your preferences and goals.

Advanced Techniques

Our practice stays up-to-date with the latest advancements in Mohs reconstructive surgery. We utilize advanced surgical techniques and technologies to optimize outcomes, minimize scarring, and promote faster healing. Dr. Okland is skilled in performing complex reconstructions to restore natural-looking form and function.

Comprehensive Care

We provide comprehensive care throughout your entire journey, from the initial consultation to post-operative follow-up. Our dedicated team will guide you through each step of the process, ensuring that you are well-informed, comfortable, and supported. We prioritize open communication, and we are available to address any questions or concerns you may have.

Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction is of utmost importance to us. We strive to exceed your expectations and provide an exceptional patient experience. Our goal is not only to successfully treat your skin cancer and perform the reconstruction but also to ensure your overall well-being and satisfaction with the results.

Safety and Results

Your safety is our top priority. We adhere to strict safety protocols and maintain high standards of surgical care to minimize any potential risks or complications. Dr. Okland works diligently to achieve optimal results, aiming for natural-looking outcomes that enhance your appearance and quality of life.

Schedule a Consultation

Please fill out the form below to schedule a personalized consultation with our experienced team specializing in Mohs reconstructive surgery. Dr. Okland understands the importance of addressing your specific concerns and helping you restore both the appearance and function of the affected area. During your consultation, Dr. Okland will carefully evaluate your needs, discuss the procedure in detail, and answer any questions you may have. With a personalized approach, Dr. Okland will develop a customized treatment plan tailored specifically to your unique case and desired outcomes.

Take the first step towards regaining your confidence and well-being by scheduling your consultation today. We are dedicated to guiding you through the process and assisting you in achieving optimal results that enhance your quality of life.