For some skin cancer patients, Mohs surgery might be the best option. This is generally performed by a qualified surgeon who has experience with removing cancerous tissue from sensitive areas of the body, such as the face. Mohs surgery is a specialized approach wherein the layers of skin are removed strategically until the final layer containing cancerous tissue is discovered and removed.
Some patients who have had Mohs surgery may also consider Mohs reconstruction, which is typically a follow-up plastic surgery procedure that combines skin grafting with careful reconstructive techniques to help deliver a somewhat “normal” result. For patients who are worried about scarring or disfigurement, knowing this is an option can be relieving. However, Mohs surgery is generally recommended for other types of skin cancer, such as basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell carcinoma. Melanoma is generally less common and may not always be treated with this technique. For some melanoma patients, discussing removal with a qualified plastic surgeon may be the best approach.