Lafayette Mohs Surgery: Post-Surgical Expectations
After careful thought and consideration, consultation with your physician, and research, you’ve reached the conclusion that Mohs truly does offer you the best potential outcome, both medically and cosmetically, for removal of your skin cancer. You never expected to find yourself in this situation, but now that you’re here, you want to make the right choices, the ones that give you the best outlook moving forward, as you put this frightening and unpleasant chapter firmly behind you. All things considered, you’ve selected wisely.
Quite simply stated, Mohs is the gold standard for removal of most skin cancers. These may run the range from basal to squamous cell carcinoma or even melanoma. Consistently proven time and time again, this procedure affords patients the best prognosis, highest cure rate, and most aesthetically pleasing outcome. Many of the pitfalls that may lurk with other surgical options, such as loss of healthy tissue are virtually eliminated with the Mohs technique.
Deciding on Mohs is the easy part, it’s the expectation of what will come next that puts many patients on edge. Based on the concerns we hear from both our Baton Rouge and Lafayette Mohs patients, here are answers to some of the questions you may have.
Will my Skin Cancer be Cured? – When it comes to cancer in any form, there are no guarantees. However, Mohs has a cure rate well beyond that of most cancer treatments. Primarily used for the treatment of basal cell and squamous cell carcinomas, Mohs has a cure rate among these cancers of over 99 percent for new cases and 95 percent for recurrent cases.
Will I have a Scar? – All patients who have a skin cancer tumor removed will also have a scar. However, the level and visibility of scarring depends on the size and location of the cancer, as well as other factors unique to the patient. As Mohs is a technique which allows for the removal of cancer while sparing the greatest amount of healthy tissue, patients can reasonably expect a smaller, more cosmetically desirable scar than would be obtainable with other surgical options. Additionally, post-surgical treatment can also help minimize the appearance of scars. For the majority of Dermasurgery Center patients, we recommend BioCorneum, the FDA’s only cleared silicone gel scar treatment with SPF30.
Will my Skin Cancer Recur? - As previously mentioned, the cure rate for skin cancers treated by Mohs remains very high, lowering the likelihood of recurrence. However, while it may be rare to develop cancer again in the same location, patients who have previously had skin cancer are at a higher risk for a future diagnosis. In fact, out of every 5 skin cancer patients, 2 will develop another, separate cancerous lesion within the next 5 years. This makes regular follow-up with your dermatologist and smart choices about sun protection imperative to future health.
We understand that the uncertainty that comes with a cancer diagnosis can be overwhelming. Fellowship-trained and with over 12,000 Mohs surgeries performed to date, Dr. Prather is the Lafayette and Baton Rouge area leader in Mohs expertise. Allow he and our experienced team to help put your mind at ease with the most effective skin cancer treatment available.