mohs surgery after-care

Mohs After Care: Tips From a Specialist

Dr. George shares that scarring is the most common concern with all skin procedures. This holds true for skin cancer surgery as it commonly affects the face and back.

The good news:

Mohs is designed to minimize scarring by offering a minor post-surgical wound.

The procedure aids in removing the tumor and its roots. The remaining wound is dealt with skin flaps, grafts, or stitches.

Following post-surgery care further reduces the risk of scarring and promotes faster healing.

Post-Surgical Care

According to Dr. George, the following tips help:

  • Cover The Wound: 

You should wear the bandage for at least 48 hours or as long as advised by the doctor. 

The benefit is twofold:

The pressure absorbs excess fluid and blood, and the dressing protects the wound from infection.

  • Ensure the Wound Is Moist

Keeping the wound moist by covering it with a bandage and certain emollients and ointments promotes wound healing and prevents wound scarring. 

Some ointments that help are Mederma and Bio-Oil.

  • Be Sun-Shy

Sun can darken the scar. Besides, sun exposure can increase the risk of other cancer. It is best to use sun protection and avoid tanning beds.

  • Consider Scar Revision Treatment

Multiple options are available to reduce the scar appearance. Some common options include laser skin resurfacing and intralesional injections. These procedures can reduce the scar appearance so that it appears as flat as possible.

  • Be Patient

Lastly, the healing process may take up to six months, depending on the type of scar. One shouldn’t go for other scar revision procedures until they recover entirely from Mohs scar. 

Need more details on scar healing?

Mid-Atlantic Skin operates under the direction of George K. Verghese, MD, one of the nation’s premier dermatologists. Along with his dedicated and professional team, Dr. Verghese provides excellent, comprehensive skincare.