Mohs Reconstruction

Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the United States. Mohs surgery here in Rochester, New York has become the method of choice for ensuring that skin cancers involving the face are completely excised while still creating minimal disturbance in the surrounding tissue. This technique is preferred when dealing with delicate features of the face, especially the lips, nose, eyes, and ears. At the Quatela Center for Plastic Surgery, Dr. Heather Lee performs Mohs reconstruction to offer Rochester patients restored form and function to the head and neck after a lesion has been removed by a Mohs surgeon. Entrusting your Mohs reconstruction to a facial plastic surgeon ensures the most aesthetically pleasing repair with optimal restoration of function.

Ideal Candidates for Mohs Reconstruction

Patients who have received confirmation from their Mohs surgeon that the skin cancer has successfully been removed are candidates for this surgery. Your appointment at the Quatela Center will be scheduled at your consultation with your dermatologist.

Preparing for Your Appointment

There are a few important ways you can prepare for your appointment:

  • Stop smoking for at least 2 weeks before your appointment
  • Do not drink alcohol in heavy quantities for 1 week before your appointment
  • Avoid aspirin, ibuprofen, and other blood-thinning medications to minimize excessive bleeding and bruising

Your Procedure

Mohs Reconstruction is typically performed under local anesthesia with sedation. To ensure the most successful repair after Mohs surgery, Dr. Heather Lee has extensive training and skill in various reconstruction techniques by recruiting healthy skin, muscle, or bone to repair the defect. You will need a responsible adult to drive you home.

Recovery

After the procedure, you will be sent home with a dressing for the wound and are advised to rest for the remainder of the day. Many people can resume normal activities the next day. It' important to wear sunscreen and protective clothing when spending time outdoors to protect your skin against UV rays. We offer an array of medical-grade sun care products available for purchase at our med spa. Within a few days to a week, Dr. Lee will see you for a follow-up appointment to remove sutures.

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The Quatela Center's reputation as one of New York's finest cosmetic plastic surgery practices attracts patients to Rochester from throughout the state. Choose one of the locations below for driving directions to our practice.

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The Lindsay House

973 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Phone: (585) 244-1000

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