Reconstructive Surgery after Mohs Surgery
Mohs micrographic surgery is a specialized technique used to remove skin cancer. The procedure involves removing thin layers of cancerous tissue, one at a time, and examining each layer under a microscope until the entire cancerous area has been removed. This allows the skin cancer surgeon to ensure that all the cancerous tissue has been removed while minimizing the removal of healthy tissue. Mohs micrographic surgery should be performed by a skilled and well-trained surgeon. Dr. Zeena is double board certified in dermatology and Mohs Micrographic Dermatologic Surgery.
What is reconstructive surgery after Mohs surgery?
Reconstructive surgery after Mohs surgery is a procedure that is used to repair and restore the appearance of skin after the removal of skin cancer. The reconstructive surgery can be performed immediately following Mohs surgery or at a later time, depending on the size and location of the cancerous tissue that was removed. The goal of reconstructive surgery is to minimize scarring and improve the function and appearance of the affected area.
There are several methods that can be used for reconstructive surgery after Mohs surgery, including skin grafts and local flaps. Skin grafts involve taking a piece of healthy skin from another part of the body and transplanting it to the area where the cancerous tissue was removed. Local flaps involve repositioning skin and soft tissue from a nearby area to cover the defect.
The choice of reconstruction method depends on the size and location of the defect, as well as the patient’s preferences and overall health. The surgeon will discuss the options with the patient and recommend the best approach for their specific case.
What does it mean to be fellowship trained in Mohs surgery?
Being fellowship-trained in Mohs surgery means that a physician has completed additional training beyond their basic medical education and residency training in a specific area of expertise. In the case of Mohs surgery, this typically involves completing a one-year fellowship program that is focused on the specialized techniques and procedures used in Mohs micrographic surgery.
During a Mohs surgery fellowship, trainees work closely with experienced Mohs surgeons and learn how to perform the procedure, interpret pathology, and perform reconstructive surgery. They also gain experience in treating a wide range of skin cancers, including those that are difficult to treat or located in cosmetically sensitive areas.
Fellowship training programs are typically highly competitive, and the completion of a fellowship is a rigorous process that demonstrates a high level of expertise and proficiency in Mohs surgery. A fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon has a specialized and in-depth knowledge of the procedure and can provide the highest quality of care for patients with skin cancer.
Schedule a dermatology consultation
If you are concerned about a suspicious mole, or if you’ve already been diagnosed with skin cancer, schedule a consultation with fellowship-trained Mohs surgeon Dr. Zeena. New Orleans Aesthetics can help to prevent skin cancer, diagnose skin cancer, and treat skin cancer.
At a Glance
Dr. Zeena Al-Dujaili
- Double board certified in dermatology and Mohs Surgery
- Fellowship trained in cosmetic dermatology
- Authored several chapters in clinical textbooks and peer-reviewed publications
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