Mohs/Skin Cancer Plastic Surgeon
Statistics show that 20% of Americans will likely develop skin cancer at some time in their lives, and 80% of those will have cancer affect their head, face or neck. Not all cancers require Mohs surgery, but due to the delicate nature of the face, a Mohs procedure will likely provide the best outcome. This is especially true if the patient’s cancer is located on the face and is highly aggressive or produces large tumors.
Mohs surgery is a specific technique where a facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon removes layers of skin, examining each layer for the presence of cancer cells. This reconstructive procedure is repeated until only cancer-free cells remain. Then, precise cosmetic techniques are used, including skin grafts when necessary, to reconstruct the area previously affected by cancer. Incisions are generally hidden when possible in the natural lines and contours of the face and neck.
Why Should You Consider Mohs Surgery?
Mohs cancer removal and reconstructive surgery offer a far more advanced treatment modality than earlier cancer surgeries. Before Mohs, the visible cancer and a large portion around it was cut away all at once, and only later testing revealed if the surgery succeeded or failed. In a Mohs procedure, care is taken to remove only the cancerous tissue. Each layer is tested immediately after removal to ensure the procedure is successful.
Far less cosmetic trauma results from a Mohs surgery, which a skilled facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon can then repair. Depending on the size of the area to be removed, more than one reconstructive procedure may be necessary. Dr. Cerrati can explain more about the surgical process and work with you to build a personal treatment plan during a consultation at his offices.
Call to schedule an appointment to discuss Mohs cancer surgery with Dr. Eric Cerrati in South Jordan or Salt Lake City. He is a double board certified and fellowship trained reconstructive specialist who can work with your medical team for the best possible reconstructive outcome after cancer surgery. Call or message him through this website today.