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Mohs-Surgery Reconstruction

Conveniently located to serve St. Petersburg, FL and Tampa, FL

Mohs micrographic surgery is a safe and effective treatment for skin cancer that is performed by dermatologists. During Mohs surgery, both the visible tumor and any “roots” extending beneath the surface of the skin are excised. Because it may be necessary to remove many layers of skin to reach these roots, large wounds or scars, often in prominent areas, can be left behind. In many cases, however, reconstructive plastic surgery can be performed to repair the wound and improve the skin‘s appearance.


Reconstruction after Mohs surgery can be performed on the same day of the surgery, or at a later date. Each case is different but, in general, the way Mohs-reconstruction surgery is performed depends on the size and location of the wound. Unless a decision is made to let the wound heal by itself, the following techniques are used for reconstruction:

  • Stitching the wound closed
  • Skin graft from another part of the body
  • Local skin flap
  • Regional skin flap


Although one of the benefits of Mohs surgery is that it removes only as much tissue as necessary, in some cases, the wound left behind is unsightly. Reconstruction following Mohs surgery is particularly beneficial for a patient who is distressed by a wound or scar on the face or neck. Reconstruction attempts to make the skin look as good as it did pre-Mohs surgery, so that the patient does not feel self-conscious.


MOHS reconstruction can be performed in the office or in an operating room with either sedation or general anesthesia depending on the complexity of the surgery and the patient’s comfort level or preference. Most patients go home the same day. The procedure may sometimes be staged depending on the reconstructive method.

If you are having MOHS surgery or skin cancer removal and are worried about the scar, call us today to schedule a consultation with Dr. Caceres.