Mohs surgery is commonly used to treat common types of skin cancer, such as basal or squamous cell carcinomas. It allows for obtaining complete margin control during removal of a skin cancer using frozen section histology intra-operatively and for the removal of a skin cancer with very narrow surgical margin preserving healthy surrounding tissue.
Mohs surgery is usually performed by dermatologists with special training in Mohs surgery. Once Mohs surgery is completed and tumor is fully excised, patients are left with various size defects which need to be repaired. The reconstructive procedures vary widely in difficulty depending on the location and size of the defect. Smaller defects can usually be closed primarily by bringing the skin edges together; larger defects require more tissue mobilization by means of local flaps; large defects or defects involving vital structures such as nose/eyes/mouth/ears frequently require complex reconstructive procedures to achieve good functional and esthetic results.
Dr. Ovchinsky, a double board certified facial plastic and head & neck surgeon, possesses all necessary knowledge, experience and expertise to successfully reconstruct even the most difficult facial defects. If you are planning to have, or have recently undergone, Mohs surgery and need an experienced facial plastic surgeon to help you restore facial appearance and function, please call Plastic Surgery of Short Hills to arrange for a consultation.