Cosmetic Procedures may Reduce Scarring after Mohs SurgeryPosted by in Mohs Surgery
In a study published in the journal, Dermatologic Surgery, in 2009, patients who were to undergo Mohs micrographic surgery for skin cancer benefited from Botox injections prior to the surgery. The injections assisted in wound healing and the cosmetic prevention of scars.
In another study conducted at the Mayo Clinic, patients received Botox injections after they had suffered facial lacerations. The study found that the Botox injections helped the wounds to heal.
Mohs micrographic surgeons and dermatologists believe this is because the botulinum toxin in Botox injections mobilizes the wound area, preventing the movement and tension that could cause the wound to open too much. This mobilization can also prevent scarring or lessen the severity of scarring. Botox injections are particularly helpful when skin cancer is present on the face since there is considerable movement of the facial muscles.
Fillers and Laser Treatments Before Mohs Surgery
Treatments such as ablative and non-ablative fractional laser technology may also prove useful before and/or after Mohs micrographic surgery for improving the appearance of post-surgical scars.
Dermatologic fillers such as collagen have been found to serve the same purpose in some patients. The best filler for a patient must be determined based on the location and severity of the scar.
What is Mohs Micrographic Surgery?
Mohs micrographic surgery is named after Frederic E. Mohs, M.D., who developed the method for removing basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma, two different types of skin cancer. Because of the precision of the surgical technology, surgeons are able to remove very thin layers of cells, determining on the spot when all cancer cells have been removed. In this way, viable skin cells can be left intact without damage.
As a result of this technique, patients recover more quickly and have fewer recurrences of skin cancer than after other skin cancer surgical procedures. Scarring is also lessened with Mohs micrographic surgery, but the usage of cosmetic procedures before and/or after the surgery can sometimes improve the appearance of post-Mohs scars even further.
Not all surgeons can perform Mohs surgery, as special training is required. Reconstruction is part of the process and involves creating the best possible cosmetic result for the patient, whether through Botox injections, injectable fillers, laser technology, skin grafts, or other reconstructive procedures. If necessary, a plastic surgeon may be consulted to provide the patient with optimal care after Mohs micrographic surgery in New Jersey or in other locations.
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