Finding out you have skin cancer can be frightening. The last thing you may be worried about is your appearance. However, while Mohs surgery can be very effective in removing your cancer cells, it can also leave a depression in your skin and tissue. If you have a skin cancer tumor or lesion on your face, you may want to consider tissue reconstruction to minimize the scarring and improve the function of your facial muscles.
Mohs surgery removes skin and tissue surrounding the spot of the skin cancer lesion in layers. A dermatology surgeon performs the procedure, carefully checking each layer for cancer cells. This method is considered the best way to remove the cancer and stop it from spreading while preserving the healthy skin and tissue. With Mohs surgery reconstruction, the tissue and skin can be repaired to allow healing and reduced scarring from the cancer removal.
Dr. Evan Ransom is an experienced facial plastic surgeon that specializes in Mohs surgery reconstruction for patients from San Raphael, Petaluma and throughout Marin County. His high level of expertise comes from extensive training and education, including dual board certifications in the field of facial plastic surgery. He accepts referrals from dermatology surgeons for our patients that want the best possible recovery from facial Mohs surgery with minimal scarring or disfigurement.
While not all skin cancer occurs on the face, it is a common place for lesions or tumors to grow. Areas of the skin that are exposed to the sun are more likely to form skin cancer, making the face a common target. Mohs surgery can leave a hole in the tissue where the cancer is removed. While dermatology surgeons do their best to minimize scarring, their expertise is in removing the cancer, not reconstructing the tissue.
If you live in San Raphael or Petaluma and have a facial skin cancer lesion that needs to be removed, contact our office in Mill Valley. Dr. Ransom can work directly with you and your dermatologist to plan for reconstructive Mohs surgery to ensure you have the least amount of scarring and change to your appearance.
Please note that all patients are different and individual healing times and results may vary. The statements regarding procedures and recovery made here are general rules.