Reconstruction After Mohs Surgery

Reconstruction after Mohs Surgery or the repair depends on the size, location and depth of the wound. This can only be determined after Mohs surgery and the cancer has been cleared. The Mohs reconstruction will also vary depending on skin type or loss of function, like damage to the tear drain. Dr Anthony Maloof reconstructs the area to restore both function and appearance. Dr Maloof aims for a repair invisible to the naked eye once healing has settled and gives priority to preservation of the eye and sight. Whilst larger holes are more likely to affect function and delay the final aesthetic recovery, even small cancer in a difficult place can affect function. So the Mohs defect is reconstructed, its now time for the body’s wound healing to take over. Healing varies person to person, and the appearance will change dramatically over the following months with healing.

Before and after Mohs reconstruction. This shows the the surgical site where Mohs surgery has taken place and cancer has been removed. The second image shows the final result of reconstruction after Mohs Surgery. Performed at the Skin Hospital in Sydney.

Where is Mohs surgery performed?

Dr Anthony Maloof is a Visiting Medical Officer and adviser at the medical advisory committee at the Skin Hospital. The Skin Hospital provides Sydney NSW with an excellent Mohs surgery service. Where possible, we try to coordinate both the skin cancer removal and Mohs reconstruction on the same day. This is so that there is minimal disruption to the patient.