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When faced with a potential skin cancer diagnosis, early detection, and proper treatment are crucial. Mohs surgery, a highly effective technique for removing cancerous tissue, is vital in successful skin cancer treatment.

At Feinstein Dermatology, our team is here to guide you through the entire Mohs surgery process, from the initial consultation to the all-important aftercare phase. We understand that a diagnosis of skin cancer can be unsettling, and navigating the treatment process can raise concerns. Here, we’ll demystify the Mohs surgery experience, address common questions, and equip you with the knowledge you need for a smooth recovery.

What To Expect During a Mohs Surgery Consultation

A Mohs surgery consultation with one of our board-certified dermatologists is a collaborative effort. Here’s what you can expect:

  1. Open Communication: Our team values open communication. Feel free to bring a list of questions and share any anxieties you may have. One of our dermatologists will take the time to thoroughly understand your medical history and examine the suspicious lesion.
  2. Treatment Options Discussion: Your board-certified dermatologist dermatologist will discuss various treatment options, including the benefits and limitations of Mohs surgery compared to other approaches. Together, you’ll determine if Mohs surgery is the right course of action for your specific case.
  3. The Mohs Procedure Explained: Dr. Feinstein or Dr. Enisman will meticulously explain the step-by-step process of Mohs surgery. This includes removing thin layers of tissue, microscopically examining each layer to ensure complete cancer removal, and repeating this process until only healthy tissue remains.
  4. Managing Expectations: Mohs surgery is an outpatient procedure performed under local anesthesia. While minimally invasive, it’s important to understand that the size and location of the cancerous lesion can influence the procedure’s duration and complexity. Your doctor will provide a realistic timeframe for the surgery.
  5. Addressing Post-Surgical Care: We understand the importance of post-surgical care for optimal healing and minimizing scarring. During the consultation, your dermatologist will explain the wound care process, including dressing changes, pain management, and potential side effects. We’ll also discuss scar minimization strategies and answer any questions you may have about recovery.

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Meet Your Mohs Surgeon

Brian Feinstein, D.O., FAAD – Board-Certified Dermatologist & Board-Certified Mohs Surgeon

Mohs Surgery Aftercare: Your Roadmap to Smooth Recovery

Following Mohs surgery, proper aftercare is essential. Here’s a comprehensive guide to promote a smooth recovery and the best possible cosmetic outcome:

  1. Wound Care:
        Cleaning: Gently clean the wound with the prescribed solution as directed by your board-certified dermatologist. Avoid using harsh soaps or rubbing the area.
        Dressing Changes: Change your dressing according to the doctor’s instructions. This may involve covering the wound for a specific period or using a breathable dressing.
        Moisturizing: Once the wound has closed, use a gentle moisturizer to prevent dryness and promote healing.
  2. Pain Management: It’s normal to experience some discomfort or pain following Mohs surgery. Your dermatologist will prescribe medication to manage any discomfort effectively.
  3. Minimizing Scarring: While scarring is a natural part of the healing process, there are steps you can take to minimize its appearance. Your doctor may recommend silicone gel sheets or scar creams to help reduce scar formation.
  4. Sun Protection: Sun exposure can worsen scarring and increase your risk of skin cancer recurrence. Always wear protective clothing and a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher, even on cloudy days.
  5. Signs of Infection: Be aware of potential signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, increased pain, or pus drainage from the wound site. If you experience any of these symptoms, contact our office immediately.
  6. Follow-Up Appointments: Regular follow-up appointments with a board-certified dermatologist are crucial to monitor the healing process and ensure the cancer has been completely removed. During these visits, your doctor will examine the wound site and discuss any concerns you may have.

    Remember, you are not alone on your recovery journey. The team at Feinstein Dermatology is here to support you every step of the way. We encourage you to reach out with any questions or concerns that arise during your post-surgical care.

Beyond Recovery: Maintaining Healthy Skin

Mohs surgery offers a high cure rate for skin cancer (95%), but proactive skin health practices are essential to minimize the risk of future occurrences. Here’s how to safeguard your skin after treatment:

  • Prioritize Skin Cancer Screenings: Collaborate with your dermatologist to establish a regular skin cancer screening schedule based on your specific risk factors. Early detection is crucial for ensuring the best possible outcomes with any potential future skin cancers.
  • Sun Protection is Key: Make sun safety a daily habit. This includes:
    • Seeking Shade: Minimize direct sun exposure, especially between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. when the sun’s rays are most intense.
    • Protective Clothing: Wear wide-brimmed hats, sunglasses, and clothing with UV protection.
    • Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30 or higher daily, even on cloudy days. Reapply frequently, especially after sweating or swimming.
  • Self-Examinations: Get to know your skin! Perform regular self-examinations, checking for any new moles, changes to existing ones, or spots that don’t heal. Report anything concerning to your dermatologist promptly.
  • Moisturize: Keep your skin hydrated with a gentle moisturizer to promote healing and maintain a healthy skin barrier.
  • Lifestyle Factors: In addition to the above, these healthy lifestyle habits support overall skin health:
    • Healthy Diet: A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and antioxidants benefits your skin.
    • Hydration: Stay adequately hydrated by drinking plenty of water.
    • Manage Stress: Chronic stress can negatively impact skin health.

Unveiling a Brighter Future: Your Mohs Surgery Journey

Mohs surgery offers a highly effective solution for skin cancer removal. At Feinstein Dermatology, we prioritize clear communication and comprehensive aftercare to promote a smooth recovery and minimize scarring. We understand the emotional weight of a skin cancer diagnosis, but early detection and Mohs surgery significantly reduce recurrence risk.Together, we can navigate your Mohs surgery journey and unveil a brighter future for your skin health. Remember, early detection is key – learn more about Mohs Surgery, and let’s partner for optimal results.