What is the Treatment?

After a skin cancer lesion has been removed, the treated area can be restored with a custom facial reconstruction surgery. The size, depth, and extent of the Mohs surgery will affect the type of procedure needed to repair the area. The options include:

Local Flap

If the area to be treated is small, flap surgery may be performed. This involves the use of surrounding tissue to close the surgical site. The flap technique used will vary, based on the location and size of the removed skin tissue.

Layered Closure

Every layer of tissue, including muscle, fat, and skin, is meticulously closed with sutures.


Some facial reconstruction surgeries require skin grafts. The skin tissue is removed from a donor site and moved to the affected area to close and smooth it.

Cartilage Graft

If the nose has lost cartilage due to skin cancer removal, a cartilage graft can be performed to restore the nose structure.

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Candidates for Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery

If you have been diagnosed with basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell carcinoma, or melanoma, treatment with Mohs surgery may be planned. The discussion about reconstructive surgery should take place at the same time. In many cases, the reconstruction procedure is performed the day after the Mohs surgery is completed, or within a very short time. At South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, we will collaborate with your Mohs surgeon to plan the reconstruction of the affected facial area. Any individual who has had Mohs surgery on the face is a candidate for reconstructive surgery, with very few exceptions.

Benefits of Facial Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery

Customized, advanced, facial reconstruction procedures to restore a natural look to the affected area have many benefits. The precision with which the procedure is performed will impact your facial appearance for the long term.

It is advised that you speak with our facial plastic surgeons about the advanced surgical techniques we use, with the benefit of a smoother, less visible scar, and greater confidence in the years ahead.

After Mohs Surgery What Our Facial Plastic Surgeons Can Treat

Face and neck skin cancers removed with Mohs surgery could appear on any area of the face or neck, but most commonly develop on areas with extensive UV ray exposure, including:

  • Nose
  • Ears
  • Lips
  • Neck
  • Scalp
  • Eyelids

The reconstruction technique employed at South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery will reflect the extent of tissue removed, and where it was removed. The end goal is to achieve the most aesthetic outcome possible.

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Will the Procedure Be Painful?

At South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, our goal is total patient comfort. In most cases, the procedure will be performed with local anesthesia and intravenous sedation. We want you to have a painless, comfortable treatment experience. Once the reconstruction is completed, the treated area will be covered with a dressing, and you will be free to return home to rest and recover.

What is the Recovery Time?

The extent and type of reconstructive surgery will affect the recovery time. For some patients, a staged reconstruction is necessary, with a series of surgeries to achieve the most natural appearance. The time to recover from these surgeries can vary from two weeks to several weeks in more complex reconstructions.

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Why Choose Us for Facial Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery?

At South Florida Facial Plastic Surgery, our practice was established to focus on surgeries and treatments for the head and neck. Our team of outstanding specialists is recognized as being among the best in the region and serves all of Miami and the surrounding communities with an exceptional level of care.

After Mohs surgery, you want to ensure you have the opportunity to achieve the most natural look possible, and our facial plastic surgeons are dedicated, talented, and ready to help you move forward.

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