Many Floridians develop skin cancer from a lifetime of prolonged sun exposure. Mohs Surgery is considered the most effective technique for the excision of skin cancers as it has the lowest recurrence rates and most successful outcomes.
In good news, Mohs Surgery results in the least visible scarring of all the skin cancer lesion removal techniques. However, up to 20% of Mohs patients require Mohs Reconstruction as a second procedure. Dr. Lambiris strives to deliver the best mohs reconstruction Sarasota has to offer. With advanced specialization in plastic reconstructive surgery, Dr. Brandon Lambiris is a sought-after plastic surgeon you can trust for Mohs Reconstruction in Sarasota County.
Mohs Reconstruction is a secondary procedure that revises the initial Mohs Surgery. While Mohs surgery produces less scarring than simple lesion removal, the closure technique requires a tremendous amount of skill that only a plastic reconstructive surgeon can often offer.
In addition, while a dermatologist may suture the wound close in a straight line, there are cases when tissue grafting is necessary to produce a cosmetically acceptable result. For these reasons, dermatologists routinely refer Mohs patients to a plastic surgeon for Mohs Reconstruction.
Frequently, the dermatologist who performed the initial Mohs surgery refers the patient to a plastic surgeon for a follow-up. This is often the case when the cancerous lesion formed on prominent areas of the body such as the face, neck, or hands or when complexities in the case require the use of a grafting procedure.
Depending on your clinical presentation, reconstruction after Mohs may involve:
Dr. Lambiris performs Mohs Reconstruction on an outpatient basis under sedation or general anesthesia. It is recommended to have a friend or family member drive you home after your procedure.
When a dermatologist or other provider performs the initial Mohs Surgery, it can sometimes result in less than desirable scarring as it is a highly complex procedure.
Due to the urgency of treating skin cancer, patients and dermatologists are generally more concerned with removing the cancerous tissue than they are about the cosmetic outcome. Dr. Lambiris offers scar refining treatments such as Dermabrasion and Scar Revision Surgery to minimize scarring after Mohs Surgery. With a surgical revision, he can move facial scars to a more discreet location by placing them along natural skin folds in most cases.
To discuss your options for Sarasota Mohs Reconstruction, schedule your consultation with Dr. Brandon Lambiris today. Call (941) 366-9818 or click the booking link on this page to make your appointment. Dr. Lambiris is a sought-after plastic surgeon in Sarasota County, serving patients in Sarasota, North Port, Bradenton, and surrounding areas of Southwest Florida.
The truth is, it depends on the size of the treatment area and the type of reconstructive procedure necessary to produce a satisfactory outcome. Mohs Reconstruction is highly personalized, so an in-person evaluation is the only way to get an accurate quote. Schedule your 1:1 consultation with a qualified Mohs Reconstruction specialist such as Brandon Lambiris MD.
Possible risks and side effects include bleeding, infection, numbness, itching, weakness, shooting pains, and poor scarring. While all forms of surgery carry a degree of risk, a qualified surgeon such as Brandon Lambiris MD is equipped to handle them. Most risks are minor.
Even a highly trained dermatologist may not possess the skills needed to close the wound in a cosmetically pleasing manner, particularly if a large swath of tissue has been excised. In addition, if the treated area is prominent (for example, on the cheeks, eyelids, or neck), surgical revision may be needed to revise the scar so it is less obvious.
It is imperative to follow aftercare instructions and, most importantly, avoid sun exposure as UV light causes irreversible damage to the skin, including thickening and permanent discoloration of the scar. In addition, the daily application of a broad-spectrum SPF and protective clothing (such as a wide-brimmed hat and long sleeves) are essential in Florida’s climate.
Many health insurance plans cover Mohs Reconstruction, although a referral may be required. It is always recommended to check with your insurance provider about your coverage options. However, payment and financing options are available for your convenience.
Dr. Brandon Lambiris believes everyone deserves the opportunity to look their best. If you’ve dreamed of having plastic surgery to unlock your true potential, we encourage you to join us for a consultation. Experience the real difference plastic surgery can have on your life at West Coast Plastic Surgery in Sarasota, FL.